The Nationals are starting to build their farm system back up as they signed one of the top international pitchers in this year’s class to a deal worth $1.25 million according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.
Andry Lara, 16, was the No. 16 overall international prospect on MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 International Prospects List.
Coming out of Venezuela, Lara has always had the media follow him around. Currently, Lara’s fastball hovers around 92-94 mph but he has touched 96 before. According to scouts his two-seam fastball might be his best pitch but he can always fall back on using his power breaking ball.
Lara is barely old enough to drive in some states but has a change up that’s better than most other minor leaguers which features some sink. Lara projects as a top of the rotation pitcher once he’s ready for the major leagues.
The Nationals are also said to have signed outfielder Rosimar Quintana of Venezuela for a deal around $1 million and they’re also expected to sign outfielder Eliezer Santana and shortstop Juan Garcia of the Dominican Republic.
The Nationals have $4.3 million to spend on international free agents after exceeding the luxury tax last season and signing Patrick Corbin who received a qualifying offer from the Diamondbacks in the off-season.