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Report: Yankees sign Dominican SS Baez

07/02/2012 11:38 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro
The Yankees have signed 16-year-old Dominican shortstop Yancarlos Baez for $650,000, according to the Dominican Prospect League.

Baez, a 6-foot-2, 165 pound switch-hitter, was selected to both the 2012 DPL All-Star Game and DPL Elite Travel Squad this summer, and his DPL scouting report lists him as a speedster with power potential that is very strong defensively. From the scouting report:

Baez is the most projectable of the Dominican infielders and has a higher ceiling defensively than any of them. He runs a 6.7 60 that could get faster as he gains some body strength, and he has an exceptional ability to accelerate through balls hit in front of him to cut off bad hops and shorten the distance on his throws. … Baez is a switch-hitter who has similar swing mechanics and bat speed from both sides, with a bit of an edge on the right side at present.

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