The Milwaukee Brewers reportedly signed six international players on the opening day of International Free Agency. On day one, Milwaukee reportedly spent $3,000,000 of its $6,025,400 bonus pool.
The most prominent prospect was Eduarqui Fernandez, a five-tool outfielder from the Dominican Republic who signed for $1.1 million. Fernandez ranked at #18 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 International Free Agent rankings and #28 on Baseball America’s top 50. His best tools relate back to his defense, which should be plenty good enough to keep him in center field. Right now, he projects to have at least average power but at 6’2” 175 lbs, there’s plenty of projection left and a chance to have an above average tool.
Next up is Columbia third baseman Branlyn Jaraba who also signed for $1.1 million. The current shortstop certainly does not have the speed to stay at the six hole, but should be a serviceable third baseman. Jaraba’s speed will only get worse as he builds mass, but with that mass comes more power. He projects to have plus-power, if not better. MLB Pipeline ranked him at 26 in its top 30 and Baseball America ranked him at 41.
Milwaukee agreed to a $500,000 deal with outfielder Erys Bautista. Bautista is a power-first player who struggles defensively. He might be able to man left field but is likely going to be relegated to first base.
Less noteworthy signings include defensive specialist SS Carlos Roa at $300,000, Venezuelan catcher Jhonny Cabrera at $300,00, and right-handed pitcher Abner Uribe.
The Crew is still tied to shortstop Eduardo Garcia who ranks at 20 with MLB Pipeline and 49 for Baseball America. Garcia cannot sign until July 10 because he’s only 15. Baseball America also linked Milwaukee to Mexican catcher Fernando Villalobos, who they ranked at 34.