By: Enrique Medina
The Dodgers made headlines yesterday as they signed top international prospect, catcher Diego Cartaya, to a $2,500,000 bonus. The 16 year old Venezuelan catcher, Cartaya, has been known to be an advanced hitter for his age as he has a rating of 60 for contact, according to MLB Pipeline’s scouting report. He shows decent power to the gaps, but what may have impressed the Dodgers the most was his presence defensively as a catcher, his leadership, and high baseball IQ. It is reported that the catcher is good with handling pitchers and also possesses a great arm and good hands behind the plate. Many scouts have even compared him to possibly becoming another Salvador Perez type player. On a side note, in recent years the Dodgers have aquired talented players from the international pool including Yasiel Puig, Julio Urias, Yusniel Diaz, and Yadier Alvarez. They hope to add Cartaya to the list and add him to a young catching core that already includes Keibert Ruiz and Will Smith.