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Yankees sign 16-year-old to $1.3 million deal

07.03.12 at 10:40 am ET

One of the premier catching prospects in the world is heading to the Yankees.

Luis Torrens, a 16-year-old from Venezuela, has signed with the Yankees for $1.3 million. He’s touted as the No. 2 overall international prospect by Baseball America.

“He is the premier talent in Latin America,” a talent evaluator said.

The evaluator went as far as to say Torrens is better than Gary Sanchez and Jesus Montero were when they were 16, but scouts say he has a lot to improve on.

“He was a third baseman who has become a catcher who will hit for a high average rather than a lot of power,” a scout said. “He is pretty raw back there but is a smart kid who will figure it out. We thought more than $1 million was too much for a kid who … hasn’t played much catcher.”

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