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Phillies sign a 17-year-old switch-hitting shortstop from the Dominican Republic

The Phillies have reportedly signed switch-hitting SS Jesus Caba to a $3M deal.

Phillies Sign Jesus Caba to $3M Deal

Caba, 17, is the 13th-ranked international prospect in the entire world, born in Bonao, Dominican Republic. Although the Phillies have not yet confirmed the deal, the agreement is just about final, pending a physical.

Here’s what’s Jesse Sanchez had to say about the deal…

“Caba has a chance to be an above-average player defensively because of his instincts and strong arm at shortstop. The 17-year-old makes all of the routine plays and shows a good internal clock in games. In addition, he shows the type of footwork and soft hands that will keep him at the position as he makes his way through the Minor Leagues.

At the plate, the switch-hitter displays sound mechanics and the ability to drive the ball to all fields. He makes consistent hard contact, and more raw power could come as he develops and matures. He’s athletic and has a chance to be an above-average runner.”

Read the full release from here >>

Jesus Caba will not see the Major Leagues for many years, but it’s good to see the Phillies’ farm system start going in the right direction. Just two days ago, the Phillies signed a slinging flamethrower from Taiwan. They have the best pitcher in all of MiLB, and their youth development is only going up from here.

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