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Brewers linked to Top Players in 2018 International Market

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Posted: April 24, 2018, 10:22 AM Post
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MLB Pipeline released their top 30 international prospects today. Brewers are the favorites to sign three listed below.

Eduarqi Fernandez | Rank: 18 Hometown: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Position: OF Age: 16 DOB: 11/20/2001
Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6'2" Weight: 176 lb.Watch
Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 50 | Run: 55 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55
Fernandez profiles as a center fielder, and the belief is that he has the tools to keep him there.

He's already a good runner -- he's consistently clocked in the 6.4- to 6.5-second range in the 60-yard run -- and he's expected to add strength to an already strong arm. He's displayed good instincts in the outfield and has impressed evaluators with his routes.

Fernandez is an aggressive hitter with some pop and he drives the ball to all fields. The ball jumps off of his bat now, and he is expected to have even more power in the future. Fernandez still could end up in one of the corner outfield positions because of his size and overall skill set.

The teenager is confident in his tools and scouts like his makeup. He has been compared to a young version of former big leaguer Alex Rios.

Fernandez is from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and trains with Jaime Ramos. The Brewers are the favorite to sign him.

Eduardo Garcia | Rank: 20 Hometown: Barquisimeto, Venezuela
Position: SS Age: 15 DOB: 07/10/2002
Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6'2" Weight: 160 lb.Watch
Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 45 | Run: 45 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55
One of the youngest players in this year's class, Garcia has a good frame and exhibits lots of growth potential.

The teenager is already considered one of the premier defenders on the market, and those tools are projected to improve as Garcia matures and his body develops. He'll also eventually be an average runner.

At the plate, Garcia is not considered a "big power guy," but the belief is that he will build on his doubles and gap power. Scouts also like his hitting mechanics -- the way his hands and lower half work in during his swing -- and his approach at the plate. There's a belief that Garcia will hit 10-12 home runs in the big leagues one day, but it will be his glove more than his bat that will propel him through the Minor Leagues and make him an everyday player. There's a chance he could also develop into an average run producer.

Garcia -- who participated in the MLB prospect showcases in Cartagena, Colombia, and Santo Domingo -- is from Barquisimeto, Venezuela, and is trained by Jose Luis Montero. The Brewers are the favorite to sign him.

Branlyn Jaraba | Rank: 26 Hometown: Cartagena, Colombia
Position: SS Age: 16 DOB: 3/20/2002
Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6'2" Weight: 196 lb.Watch
Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 55 | Run: 45 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50
Colombia is emerging as a market for international prospects, and Jaraba has positioned himself as the top young player from the country in this year's class.

The young infielder has a chance to be special and here are a few reasons why: Jaraba is a big bodied athlete with a plus bat, plus power and plus arm potential. He's a decent shortstop now and projects to be an above-average defender at third base, the position many scouts believe he will play as he grows and his body matures. Overall, evaluators like his hands and defensive actions. There's still room for improvement in terms of body control and footwork, but that's not uncommon for infielders his age.

At the plate, he has already shown good strength and has a chance to develop more power as he grows. The tools are there and he's expected to hone his overall game once he signs with a club and enters its academy.

Jaraba is from Cartagena, Colombia, and trains with former big league infielder Orlando Cabrera. The Brewers are the favorite to sign him.


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