MLB Pipeline has released this year’s top-30 International Free Agents list. According to the website, Milwaukee is the favorite to sign three of the free agents on the list. The club already has signed and developed some notable international free agents — like Orlando Arcia — and hopes to expand on its success.
18. Eduarqi Fernandez, OF — Hit: 50 | Power: 50 | Run: 55 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55
Fernandez is the highest ranked international free agent on the list. He’s a tall 16-year-old outfielder who bats and throws right handed. MLB Pipeline projects him as a five-tool player, with 50 or 55 grades across the board, comparing him to Alex Rios. There’s some pop to his swing and the belief is he’ll end up as a corner outfielder.
20. Eduardo Garcia, SS — Hit: 50 | Power: 45 | Run: 45 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55
Garcia is one of the youngest international free agents in the class, meaning there’s a ton of risk to his projection. At 15, he’s already considered a premium defender and scouts are excited about his potential at SS as he ages. Pipeline says scouts like his swing but aren’t sure he’ll develop into anything more than doubles guy.
26. Branlyn Jaraba, SS — Hit: 50 | Power: 55 | Run: 45 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50
The biggest part of Pipeline’s report that stands out for Jaraba is the word “special.” Their belief is that he’ll end up being a great defensive third baseman, and possesses the tools to be an above average offensive player at the hot corner. His power grade could go higher as he matures.
The Brewers can’t sign any free agents until the signing period for 2018-19 opens on July 2. There’s a chance that the players they’re connected to could sign elsewhere, or that the team could add more premium prospects to this list before the July 2 start date.