Five international signings.
Confirmed international signings according to at least one
local report: shortstops Jurickson Profar (Curacao), Luis Sardinas (Venezuela), and Luis Mendez (Venezuela), outfielder Chris Garia (Curacao), and
pitcher Daniel De la Torre (Mexico).
Incidentally, Profar, who gained repute as an 11-year-old
when he led Curacao to the 2004 Little League World Series title as that squad’s
pitching ace but will play shortstop professionally, took batting practice at
Rangers Ballpark today and went deep – from both sides of the plate. He’s 16.
Profar, Sardinas, and Garia are all switch-hitters and all considered
premium athletes with full toolboxes (which is not to denigrate Mendez and De la
Torre – I just don’t know anything about them yet). It may not be a stretch to suggest that the Rangers’
2009 international position player class could be the club’s best since director
of pro and international scouting A.J. Preller and senior director of baseball
operations Don Welke were hired five years ago.