The Mets have signed a Venezuelan shortstop named Luis Carpio for $300,000. Carpio could not sign until yesterday because he had not yet turned 16. The Mets had been linked to Carpio from the beginning and were the favorites to sign him.
Carpio was ranked the 30th best international prospect in this year’s class by Baseball Prospectus. Here is what BP had to say about him:
Carpio, who turned 16 today, is 6 feet, 155 pounds and showed improvement in both his tools and skills as July 2 approached, which is why some scouts thought he was one of the more underrated players this year. He’s an athletic player who runs well, shows a line-drive swing from the right side and projects to play a premium position, with those highest on him believing he can play shortstop. Several sources raved about Carpio’s work ethic and hard-nosed style of play that should endear him to managers. Carpio trains with Andres Mujica.
Last year, the Mets signed shortstop Amed Rosario for a club-record $1.75 million.
Here is how the signing affects the Mets’ international salary pool: