I put a question mark at the end here because it's unconfirmed, but it appears that 17 year old Wladimir Galindo has signed with the Cubs. Galindo was the 25th ranked international prospect per MLB.com.
A story here by Diario El Siglo states that he is 16 years old, which may explain until he waited until now to sign. MLB.com has his date of birth listed as 1/6/1996. Whatever his age, Galindo was excited to be signing his first pro contract,
This is a dream for which I've worked so hard; I want to keep working hard so that I can reach the big leagues in the future. Soon I will make the trip to the United States to train find out where I will be assigned.
According to Jonathan Mayo at MLB.com,
Keep an eye on Galindo. The infielder has progressed in all areas of his game and has emerged as one of the top prospects from Venezuela since MLB's National Showcase in Venezuela last November. Listed as a shortstop, Galindo has also shown the ability to play third base and shined at the position at MLB's International Showcase in January.
Galindo could end up at one of the corner spots in the infield or make the shift to the outfield because of his size (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) and strong arm. But he might be athletic enough to stay at shortstop.
Scouts like his big body and his raw power. Galindo also has the ability to hit for power to all fields and has a knack for putting the barrel of his bat on the ball. He is sometimes fooled by offspeed pitches and could use more game experience.
We will update when we have more information...
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