SEATTLE, Wash. – Seattle Mariners Director of International Scouting Tim Kissner announced the following International signings.
- Julio Rodríguez, OF, Dominican Republic
- Juan Querecuto, SS, Venezuela
- Brayan Pérez, LHP, Venezuela
- Yeuri Tatiz, RHP, Dominican Republic
“We’re very excited to get these players in the organization,” said Kissner. “We feel that they possess good makeup and instincts for the game, which we’ve found to be very important rising through the system. We view Perez and Tatis as potential starters with clean deliveries who have a good feel for three pitches. Julio and Juan provide us with two athletic players who can handle the middle of the field as they develop.”
Rodriguez, 16 (17 on Dec. 29), is a right-handed hitting outfielder from the Dominican Republic. The 6-foot-3, outfielder was the No. 6 ranked overall prospect available this international signing period according to Baseball America.
“Rodriguez has a power bat along with a good feel for hitting,” said Kissner. “We’ve been impressed all along with his raw power potential and his ability to make contact in games and we think the combination of both could lead to a power-hitting middle of the lineup type of player.”
Querecuto, 16 (17 on Sept. 21), is a right-handed hitting shortstop from Venezuela. His father, Juan, played in the Toronto minor league system (1990-95), and his brother, Juniel, played briefly in the Majors with Tampa Bay (2016). The 6-foot-3 shortstop was ranked as the No. 21 overall prospect by Baseball America.
“Querecuto is an advance-minded shortstop that plays above his years,” said Kissner. “He is advanced for a 16-year-old with good tools across the board and has natural abilities that come from playing baseball with his brother and father who both have professional playing experience.”
Perez, 16, is a left-handed pitcher from Venezuela.
“Perez is extremely projectable with a clean delivery and loose arm action,” said Kissner. “We really like his feel for the breaking pitch and like the upside that he provides from the left side.”
Tatiz, 16, is a right-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic.
“Tatiz is an athletic player with a clean arm action and a good feel for his secondary pitches,” said Kissner. “With his ability to repeat his delivery and throw strikes, we profile him a starter who will continue to mature physically as he gets into our system.”