According to Ben Badler, the Cubs have signed Colombian Erling Moreno for $800,000. The 16-year old right-hander is 6-foot-3, 190 pounds and already throws in the 90s.
The Cubs have signed three projectable International prospects on the first day of the July 2 signing period. Along with Moreno, the Cubs have reportedly signed Dominican right-hander Jefferson Mejia for $850,000 and Venezuelan shortstop Gleyber Torres for $1.7 million.
The Cubs added International bonus money with the trades they made with Baltimore and Houston on Tuesday and raised their bonus pool from $4.56 million to $5,520,300. The Cubs have reportedly spent $3,335,000 on three players. The Cubs are believed to be the favorite to sign OF Eloy Jimenez, the top international prospect in this year’s class. Jimenez could receive between $2.5-$2.7 million signing bonus.
Baseball America ranked Erling Moreno as the 16th best international prospect. Moreno is only 16 years old and can already touch 90 mph on the gun with his fastball (sits 87-90 mph). According to BA’s scouting report, Moreno gets good angle on his fastball and keeps the ball down. He has a solid changeup and a projectable breaking ball.
Due to his age and build, Moreno projects as a power pitcher and has “plenty of room to add weight and velocity so he could throw in the mid-90s eventually.”