Phillies make two quick international signing

On the first day of international free agency, the Phillies moved quickly to sign two young players out of the Dominican Republic. Jose Pujols and Deivi Grullon are both ranked among the top 20 international free agents.

The Phillies first international signings of the summer are both position players out of the Dominican Republic.

The first is corner outfielder Jose Pujols, who is just 16 years old and was ranked as the 16th best prospect in the international free agent market.

Pujols is a right-handed hitter with solid power potential and signed for $600,000 with a $60,000 scholarship included if he decides to go to school rather than play baseball.

The scouting report on Pujols is that he's going to fill out physically - he's currently 6' 4" and 175 pounds - and should develop into an above average power hitter. He's got good bat speed and can play both corner outfield positions.

The reports on Deivi Grullon are also impressive.

Grullon was ranked as the 17th best prospect on the market and signed for $575,000 with the Phillies. Grullon could have been ranked higher if not for a hairline ankle fracture that he suffered this past spring during a Dominican Prospect League tour of spring training sites in Florida. The injury kept him out of the Arizona portion of the tour and likely hurt Grullon's ranking, although he's considered to be completely recovered at this point.

Many scouts compare Grullon favorably to Carlos Ruiz, which was music to the Phillies ears. Right now, Grullon is considered more of a defensive catcher, but has the tools necessary to develop offensive output. He excels at blocking pitches and has a strong arm, although his throwing mechanics will need some work.

The main thing to work on offensively is to shorten his swing, but he has already started to make some adjustments and is on his way up offensively.



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