The Twins have been aggressive in recent years in supplementing their draft classes with good international amateur signings. On this year's July 2nd signing day, they've added another, signing Dominican Republic prospect Amaurys Minier for $1.4 million. Link here.
According to Baseball America, he is ranked as the #12 international prospect this year, a switch-hitting SS with good power from both sides of the plate who will likely have to move to 3b in time.
Projecting ahead, if he and Sano both pan out, I'd guess Minier ends up at 3b (replacing Joe Mauer or Trevor Plouffe in 5-6 years?) and Sano ends up at 1b. Regardless, another good signing for the Twins. Let's hope they continue to be proactive on this front, even with a more restrictive (some would say dumb) CBA. More on Minier after the jump:
A 16-year-old from San Cristobal, Minier trains with Jaime Ramos and plays in the Dominican Prospect League, where he has drawn attention for his bat speed and plus power from both sides of the plate. Minier's swing is more advanced from the left side and is one of the sweeter swings in the Dominican Republic. He has some noise in his set-up, but he has a smooth stroke with good balance and whips the bat head through the zone. With his power, he can put on a good show in batting practice. Scouts have reservations about his ability to hit in games, so his pitch recognition skills will have to improve.
Many players with Minier's body type—thick lower half and below-average speed—are already at third base. He figures to slide over there soon after signing. He has a strong arm but will have to work on his infield actions to avoid a move further down the defensive spectrum. Sources in the Dominican Republic think Minier has a chance to land one of the top three bonuses from the island among this year's July 2 group, with the Twins the team that pops up the most.