A's reportedly ink 16-year-old talent de la Cruz
The A's continued a busy offseason by reportedly signing Vicmal de la Cruz, a sought-after center-field prospect from the Dominican Republic.
According to Baseball America, the A's came to terms with the 5-foot-11, 170-pound left-handed hitter, who turns 17 on Nov. 20. De la Cruz, who lives in Santo Domingo, D.R., and has been training at the La Academia complex in his native country, possesses raw skills but "some of the best all-around tools of any prospect from this year's international signing class," Baseball America wrote, citing the comments of scouts.
The agreement with de la Cruz marks Oakland's second major international free-agent signing this year. The A's also inked third baseman Renato Nunez of Venezuela in early July for $2.2 million and signed top Venezuelan catching prospect Argenis Raga later that month.
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.