The Dodgers are always going to be heavily involved in the international free-agent market, and it makes sense given their past success. This time around, Los Angeles appears to have grabbed some of the top talent that was available.
Most recently, it was reported that top catching prospect Jesus Galiz was signed by the Dodgers. That was confirmed when Galiz appeared in a jersey on signing day, per MLB’s Jesse Sanchez. Galiz is just 17-years-old and is rated as the 8th best prospect on MLB Pipeline‘s Top 30 International prospects.
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) January 15, 2021
Galiz was initially predicted to sign with the Yankees, given his affinity with countryman Gleyber Torres. Fortunately for us, the Yankees had some financial issues get in the way of making that happen, and Galiz signed with the Dodgers.
On the offensive side of the ball, scouts love what they have seen out of the teenager early on. He features a compact swing with the ability to drive the ball to all fields, and projects to have a lot of power in the near future. He will be added into the Dodgers’ recent history of plus-hitting catchers that have been developed.
A former middle-infielder, Galiz has good hands behind the plate. He’s an average runner in terms of speed, but the defense and his bat are what make scouts excited for his future. Galiz has been training with Emiro Barboza at his academy in Venezuela for the last couple of years. With him in the mix, the Dodgers now have plenty of depth behind the plate, perhaps even too much depth.
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