Cubs Sign Venezuelan Shortstop Gleyber Torres

As expected, the Cubs signed Venezuelan shortstop Gleyber Torres for $1.7 million. Torres is considered the top shortstop and MLB.com ranked Torres as the third best international prospect in this year’s class.

With the signings of Torres and Jefferson Mejia, the Cubs have reportedly spent $2.55 million of their available $4.56 million bonus pool. Rumors suggested the Cubs were trying to add more than $2 million in bonus pool money via trade before the signing period began.

Gleyber Torres is 6-foot-0, 170 pounds and according to scouting reports, Torres is seen as a right-handed hitter who will be able to stick at shortstop due to excellent hands, great feet, a strong arm and the ability to hit in games with projectable power that is surprising for his size.

Scouts like his baseball instincts and leadership abilities. Torres could sign a bonus similar to the one Mark Malave signed in 2011. The Cubs inked the third baseman to a $1.6 million contract.

MLB.com ranked Gleyber Torres as the third best prospect in this year’s class.

Scouting Report from MLB.com

Scouting Grades* (present/future): Hit: 4/6 | Power: 4/6 | Run: 4/4 | Arm: 5/6 | Field: 5/5

The top player from Venezuela in this year’s class, Gleyber does everything well. He has a smooth compact swing and the ball jumps off his bat. Scouts like that he can spray the ball all over the field with power and believe he has a chance to be a special hitter.

A solid defender, Torres has excellent hands, great feet and he’s known to have an accurate arm with above-average strength. He’s impressed scouts with his ability to make all of the routine plays and an occasional great play. He is particularly adept on his glove-hand side and continues to show improvement on all-around defense.

Torres isn’t the biggest prospect on the field but he has an athletic build and is strong for his size. Scouts have taken notice of his baseball instincts and his leadership abilities, and he quickly built a reputation as a fundamentally sound player. Torres trains with Ciro Barrios in Maracay.

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  • 07GreyDigger

    Yay?

    • SomeGuy27

      Yep, this is a “Yay”. You never know if any prospect will make it but there is a lot of talent in the Caribbean and signing these guys is a good thing if not for now but for the future as it makes the club “friendly” to the region.

      If they are able to sign Jimenez to go along with Torres and the pitcher Mejia they will have really won in this draft.

      I should add though we shouldn’t expect to see any of these guys anytime soon. We are talking about two 16 year olds and an 18 year old.

  • triple

    How old is he?

    • SomeGuy27

      I believe 16

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Orioles acquire Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger from the Cubs for Jake Arrietta, Pedro Strop, and int’l bonus slots.

    • EqDoc

      I hope they got a ton of int’l money because Arrietta and Strop have been horrible as of late…

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Who was the guy Malave that was mentioned from 2011? Is he in the system?

    • Tom U

      Boardrider, I’ve made mention of Mark Malave in my reports over the last year.Signed as a catcher, the 18 year old has been tried at both third and first base, with brief appearances at shortstop and second base. The 6-foot-3 185 pound switch hitter is currently with the AZL Cubs.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Where will he land in our top prospects? Top 5?

    • Vivid_Reality

      He likely won’t even crack the top 15 due to his age. Its not like Soler or Puig who were much closer to being MLB ready.

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