The Cubs are sticking with their goal to procure talent from every corner of the globe. Today the rumor is they are pursuing Venezuelan SS Gleyber Torres, who wowed scouts recently at an MLB showcase.
One scout described him as a toolsy player with the ability to defend with an above average arm, hit for average, steal bases, and hit around 15-20 HRs per year. For a 16 year old, he doesn’t offer a ton of projection but the Cubs like his polished baseball skills. They like him enough, in fact, to invest over $2M to sign him. Because they have the 2nd highest pool allotment, it will be difficult for any team except for Houston to outbid them.
It’s a signing that would be consistent with the Cubs recent philosophy of going after athletic ballplayers in the middle of the field — but ones with advanced skills and a high floor.