Cubs Officially Sign OF Eloy Jimenez

The Cubs announced the signing of outfielder Eloy Jimenez on Thursday night in the Dominican Republic. The Cubs signed the top international prospect for $2.8 million that includes a $250,000 college scholarship, the same deal that was reported last month.

The Cubs have signed shortstop Gleyber Torres ($1.7 million), RHP Jefferson Mejia ($850,000), RHP Erling Moreno ($650,000), catcher Yohan Matos ($270,000) and RHP Jen-Ho Tseng ($1.625 million) since the J2 signing period began. The Cubs have committed $7.895 million to international signings, well over their $5.5 million international pool money.

Eloy Jimenez has reportedly been working out at the Cubs’ new facility in the Dominican.

A report last month indicated that Jimenez turned down $5 million from another team. Jimenez and his family love Sammy Sosa and the idea of Jimenez being able to play at Wrigley Field one day.

Eloy Jimenez is 6-foot-4, 200 pounds and the 16-year old is athletic for his size. According to Baseball America, Jimenez ran the 60-yard dash in 6.72 seconds in January. Jimenez figures to slow down once he gets bigger and projects as a corner outfielder. Jimenez has good hand-eye coordination, a quick bat and uses the middle of the field. Jimenez has raw power with a flat swing, that can sometimes get long, that produces line drives. Some think Jimenez could develop above-average power. Scouts have reportedly been impresses with Jimenez’s intelligence, speed and gap-to-gap power.

The signing was announced at a press conference in the Dominican and Eloy Jimenez wore a Cubs’ hat and jersey.

More Scouting Info on Eloy Jimenez from Baseball America

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  • Dorasaga

    Impressed by his “intelligence”? Hmm… interesting!

  • 07GreyDigger

    So why do MLB teams go after 16 year olds in the Dominican Republic but not America? Is that because of the college/high school leagues?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Players cannot be drafted until they are out of HS in the states.

      This is not a new trend as you know. Teams have been signing very young players from the Dominican Republic and other Latin Countries for years. The big difference now is the regulations and the amount of information available about these players.

      The Cubs signed Castro and Lake at around the same age. Castro was 16, Lake was 17.

      The Cubs actually stashed a 15-year old Carlos Zambrano in a hotel in Arizona until his 16th birthday so they could sign him.

      • bpot92

        Is that legal haha?

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          No, but It was pretty common back then.

          I have heard stories about other teams trying to find him while the Cubs were hiding him. Good stuff.

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