The Cubs are building a strong foothold in Latin America and with the second most amount of money to spend they should land a potential impact prospect or two. According to Ben Badler of Baseball America, they have their eyes set on two of the top 10 international free agents this year.
The first is SS Gleyber Torres, whom we discussed back in March. The scouts who like Torres, and we obviously have to assume the Cubs scouts are among them, feel he can stick at SS. Torres is 5'11", 185 lbs. and doesn't have the frame to get much larger. This is not a guy who is about pure projection, Torres already has advanced baseball skills for his age. He has a strong arm and is good hitter with some power potential. The Cubs are said to be the frontrunners.
The second player is Eloy Jimenez who is a 6'4" 200 lbs. outfield prospect with big power potential. He's more projectabl3 than Torres but has shown less in games to this point. His swing is more conducive to groundballs than deep flys right now. He's an above average runner who projects more to a corner spot. Badler says he may get the highest bonus in this year's class -- in the $2.6-$2.8M range -- and that the Cubs are the heavy favorites to sign him.
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