Yankees 2014 international signing class starts coming into view

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A Pitcher Already in the Pipeline

Freicer Perez can claim to be the best prospect from the entire class. And the best part is that he is a real underdog story. Unlike most of the players mentioned here, Perez was not a top international prospect back in 2014. He was unranked and signed for the relatively small sum of $10,000.

I remind you that complete bust Nelson Gomez signed for 2.25 million.

But Freicer is the reason the Yankees cast a wide net. The 21-year old is at Charleston, where he is playing above the competition. He has an ERA of 2.87, through his 17 starts, with 73 hits in 87.2 innings.

His walks are a bit high, 30 for a more than respectable WHIP of 1.17, but he is still learning how to pitch. He already knows how to strike guys out, however, and has 83 for the season.

Freicer’s fastball sits in the mid-90’s and can hit 99, which might improve as he continues to fill out his 6’8” frame. He has moved from unranked internationally, to the Yankees 30th best prospect last year, to his current ranking as their 24th best player. You’re already getting the picture of a pitcher who might be on his way to the Bronx.

As much as the Yankees might lose money on Gomez, they might cash in on Freicer.