The Texas Rangers hit it big on J-2 international signing day as they officially added three top 50 prospects to their organization.
Texas continues to add international prospects to its organization. Texas is highly invested in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and the Caribbean countries. Their investment has led them to find players like Sebastian Walcott, Nomar Mazara, Ronald Guzman, and Jurickson Profar. Texas hopes the players signed today will perform at a similar or higher level than their predecessors. Let us break down what Texas is getting in these three players.
Number 2 ranked Paulino Santana
Santana is ranked number two by MLB.com on their list of international prospects. He is a 17-year old outfielder. He hits right-handed and is described by MLB.com as fitting, "the mold of a five-tool player". That means he can hit for average, hit for power, steal bases, play good defense, and has a strong arm. If Santana can translate those skills to the minor leagues he will move very quickly.
Santana has drawn comparisons from scouts to Julio Rodriguez. It is believed that much like Rodriguez his athleticism should allow him to stick in center field long-term. He has the potential to be a fast riser as well. He is super talented not only in the batters' box but also on the basepaths. He has the potential to be a high-end center fielder for a team that is not lacking in outfielders. I would not be surprised if fans are talking about Santana like they were talking about Walcott in 2023. Santana will be a prospect that teams will be asking for at the deadline and Texas will be saying no.