The Dodgers might be closing in on adding even more international talent than they already have. They may also be one step closer to adding to their young catching talent at the prospect level. Jesus Galiz is the number 7 ranked international prospect according to MLB Pipeline, and he might be coming to Los Angeles.
It was reported on Wednesday morning that Galiz had changed his mind about signing with the New York Yankees. Instead, the 16-year-old out of Venezuela will take his talents to the Dodgers. Galiz has been a big fan of Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres, a fellow countryman who is a part of the Yankees organization.
The Dodgers are close to signing 16-year-old Venezuelan catcher Jesus Galiz, per sources. Galiz is MLB Pipeline's 7th-ranked international prospect and the top-ranked catcher. The Yankees had been the favorites to sign him, but Galiz recently changed his mind.
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The prospect profile for Galiz suggests that he has developed a quick and compact swing capable of driving the ball to all parts of the field. Experts also project the young catcher to have plus power in the future, though it’s tough to predict at just 16 years old. But if anyone can develop him into a plus catching prospect, it would be the Dodgers.
If Galiz is indeed added, he would join Keibert Ruiz and Diego Cartaya as three highly touted catchers waiting in the wings. That could mean that the Dodgers look to move one Ruiz and Cartaya, or it could just be adding potential depth long-term.
Whatever the case, the Dodgers remain undefeated in acquiring international talent.
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