Yankees monster international prospect looking ‘fantastic’, featuring 5-tool potential

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The New York Yankees have really stepped up their effort to land star international prospects the past few seasons. Ranging from Jasson Dominguez to Roderick Arias, the Bombers are in a good spot developing 5-tool players. All of them have tremendous potential if developed properly.

The most recent acquisition, Arias, signed a $4 million deal out of the Dominican Republic in January. He stands out among the biggest names in the farm system, and he’s just getting ready to start his professional career in the minor leagues.

“We identified Arias as a premium follow, and then we kept following him and following him, and his tools got better and better and better,” International scout Donny Rowland told NJ Advance Media in a phone interview. “He evolved to the point where you’re talking about a plus-plus arm, a plus defender, a plus swing from both sides and emerging power with exit velos up to 106.”

Per MLB.com, Roderick Arias is the top-rated international player from the 2021-22 class:

MLB Pipeline’s top-rated prospect in the 2021-22 international class, Arias signed for $4 million out of the Dominican Republic in January. He added to the greatest position of strength in a Yankees system headlined by standout shortstops Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza. He has the potential for at least solid tools across the board and could be significantly better than that if he reaches his ceiling.

The Yankees are a breeding ground for shortstops:

At just 17 years old, Arias is a switch hitter that plays shortstop. The Yankees have been developing a ton of quality shortstops from a young age, including Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe.

Arias is dealing with a minor injury that has kept him from starting the 2022 season, but luckily it is nothing major, and he should be ready to go soon.

“It’s nothing major,” Rowland said. “Everything with Arias is fine except for this little tweak he’s got going on, but things can linger.”

Otherwise, Roderick has looked phenomenal in his growth and development behind the scenes, now, he just needs to put it on the baseball diamond.

“Arias has looked fantastic,” Rowland said. “The last time I talked to our player development people down here in the D.R., the only thing they said to me is ‘special talent, special talent, special talent.”

We’ve seen plenty of big names fail to live up to their potential in the past, but the Yankees have Arias at such a young age with plenty of time to continue his development. At 6’2″ and 178 pounds already, he could climb his way through the minors quickly with enough reps.

WATCH: Yankees’ No. 1 international signing belts home-runs in batting practice

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The New York Yankees dumped the majority of their international signing funds into one prospect, Roderick Arias, out of the Dominican Republic. At 17 years old, Arias stands at 6’2″ and 178 pounds, a tangibly elite player for his age.

The Bombers have done a tremendous job filling their farm system with exceptional talent capable of elite play in the future if properly developed. Arias will begin his climb through the minor-league system in the coming years, but given his age, the Yankees shouldn’t expect to see him at the top level for at least three seasons.

Per MLB.com, Arias possess awesome defensive traits paired with power-hitting from both sides of the plate:

The top international prospect in the class, Arias is an extraordinary talent and the consensus No. 1.

There’s a lot to like about the teenager. Starting on the defensive side of the ball, Arias has plus arm potential. His throws are accurate and effortless, and he’s always in a position to make the throws. His arm is strong from any angle. He also shows good footwork with soft hands and above-average range.

At the plate, he exhibits above-average bat-to-ball skills and strike zone awareness. He shows good plate discipline and doesn’t swing and miss often. He shows power from both sides of the plate, especially by the right side. There’s good opposite-field power from the left side, and the overall package that could develop into a plus-plus hitter.

Arias was spotted launching home runs during batting practice this week, showcasing his power from the right side of the plate.

Arias ranks No. 70 in The Prospect Vault, and if he can match his production from the right side to the left side of the batter’s box, the Yankees will have a polarizing prospect who can take over an infield spot down the line.

In the meantime, the Yankees are extremely excited about the development of Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza, who should make her MLB debuts in the next year or so. Nonetheless, the Bombers have one of the best shortstop production lines in baseball climbing their ranks, which provides excitement for the future.

Yankees official 2022 International signings include elite prospect

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The New York Yankees have been silent during the lockout for apparent reasons, but they’ve been active in the international market, scouring for talent. Subsequently, they landed one of the best players in this year’s international class, Roderick Arias.

Arias is a potential elite talent, featuring a plus arm and switch-hitting bat.

MLB.com raved about Arias, who brings more shortstop talent to the Yankees’ farm system:

The top international prospect in the class, Arias is an extraordinary talent and the consensus No. 1.

There’s a lot to like about the teenager. Starting on the defensive side of the ball, Arias has plus arm potential. His throws are accurate and effortless, and he’s always in a position to make the throws. His arm is strong from any angle. He also shows good footwork with soft hands and above-average range.

At the plate, he exhibits above-average bat-to-ball skills and strike zone awareness. He shows good plate discipline and doesn’t swing and miss often. He shows power from both sides of the plate, especially by the right side. There’s good opposite-field power from the left side, and the overall package that could develop into a plus-plus hitter.

Full list of Yankees’ International signings:

Roderick Arias, SS, Dominican Republic, $4M

Engelth Urena, C, Dominican Republic, $275K

Louis Pierre, CF, Haiti, $150K

Omar Gonzalez, RHS, Panama, $135K

Christian Zazueta, RHS, Mexico — $110K

The Bombers also inked Engelth Urena, Louis Pierre, Omar Gonzalez, and Christian Zazueta to deals. Clearly, management felt that spending most of their international money on Arias was a good move, and his bat would wholeheartedly agree.

At 17 years old, Arias has all five tools necessary to become an elite player at the MLB level. Luckily, the Yankees have 4-5 years to develop his game and prepare him for the big leagues. At his size, though, he could elevate through the farm system incredibly fast in the coming years.

New York Yankees active with several international signings

The New York Yankees can’t deal for any major league player due to the MLB lockout imposed on December 1, 2021, when the players and owners couldn’t agree on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement that halted all major league transactions. But that doesn’t mean the Yankees have been sitting on their hands during the period.

The Yankees have been able to make moves on minor league players that are not on a 40 man roster. They, to date, have made several acquisitions to the minor league Yankee teams, some with major league readiness, while others will start the season in the lower affiliates.

They also have been active on the international front when international signings started on January 15th. So far, according to Baseball America, they have acquired several shortstop prospects, including Roderick Arias, Luis Suarez, and Xabier Marte.

To add to the possible shortstops, they added Abraham Ramirez, a utility player who plays in both the infield and outfield. They signed a deal with catchers Diomedes Hernández and Enyer Ureña Enyer, and RHP Enmanuel Tejeda.

The group’s prize is Roderick Arias, the aspiring shortstop that has been named the number one prospect on the international market. The Yankees signed him to a $3.5 million contract. Arias is a switch-hitting Dominican native that is just 17 years old. He has tremendous assets with his excellent arm and range at short. He also has an explosive bat. The Yankees have Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe in the wings that might showcase them in the majors at sometime this or next season. Now they have a great backup should neither of those fail to prosper.

Not to be overlooked Luis Suarez, and Xabier Marte, both shortstops, will also be in the mix that could show them advancing in the low minors this season.

The Yankees have been successful in the international market before, signing Jasson Dominguez in 2019. At nearly 19, he hit one home run in every ten games with two Tampa teams. He is a monster at the plate that is still developing. He is an outfielder that is also from the Dominican Republic. Some of the other successful international signings the Yankees have made include Bernie Williams, Orlando Hernandez, Robinson Cano, Hideki Matsui, and of course, the best closer in baseball Mariano Rivera.

The New York Yankees still have much to do when postseason 2.0 starts when the sides reach a new agreement. They still have to decide where who will play and what they will do to acquire or not acquire a stopgap shortstop. Also, high on the list will be replacing Cory Kluber, who is now with the Rays. The Yankees will need that one-two punch with a new starting pitcher. Although still far apart, one has to assume that the two sides in the negotiation should be getting closer to an agreement as spring training is just a month away.

WATCH: Yankees’ No. 1 international prospect Roderick Arias has an electric bat

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The New York Yankees have been incredibly active in the international market the past few seasons, landing several of the top prospects available. Earlier this week, the Bomber’s secured the rights to Roderick Arias, top international prospect and yet another shortstop to add to the farm system.

The Dominican Republic native is just 17 years old, featuring a switch-hitting bat and phenomenal arm. He can make every throw from any angle with impeccable accuracy, showcasing effortless fundamentals. Pairing that with smooth footwork and range, the Yankees could be looking at their next star shortstop if not for Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza.

MLB.com raved about Arias, who’s a legit switch-hitter with incredible power:

The top international prospect in the class, Arias is an extraordinary talent and the consensus No. 1.

There’s a lot to like about the teenager. Starting on the defensive side of the ball, Arias has plus arm potential. His throws are accurate and effortless, and he’s always in a position to make the throws. His arm is strong from any angle. He also shows good footwork with soft hands and above-average range.

At the plate, he exhibits above-average bat-to-ball skills and strike zone awareness. He shows good plate discipline and doesn’t swing and miss often. He shows power from both sides of the plate, especially by the right side. There’s good opposite-field power from the left side, and the overall package that could develop into a plus-plus hitter.

If Arias’s defensive qualities weren’t enough, check out his electrifying bat. With all the tools necessary to become a star at the MLB level, the Yankees will develop the youngster and refine him into a legitimate talent.

The Yankees have struggled recently with their homegrown players, watching Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Luis Severino, and Gary Sanchez either plateau or succumb to injury. There is still hope that Torres and Severino can be productive players in the future, but with Sanchez struggling with significant strikeout numbers and porous defense, there’s not much time left for him to prove his worth over a longer time frame.

Yankees officially sign top international shortstop prospect

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The New York Yankees have been picking up shortstop prospects at an incredible rate, and their latest acquisition was top international prospect Roderick Arias.

Arias is a phenomenal young infielder with tremendous physical attributes and potential. On January 15, the international signing period began, in which the Yankees landed Arias for $4 million.

The majority of the Yankees’ $5.179 million signing pool will be allocated toward Arias. The 17-year-old Dominican Republic native has a great arm, fantastic athleticism, and features a switch-hitting bat, an added value.

Via MLB Pipeline:

“Arias has plus arm potential. His throws are accurate and effortless, and he’s always in a position to make the throws. His arm is strong from any angle. He also shows good footwork with soft hands and above-average range.”

Via Baseball America:

“He’s a switch-hitter whose swing is quick, compact and adjustable, with the ability to recognize spin well for his age and good performances against live pitching. He makes hard contact for his age, with more power now from the right side, and a chance to grow into above-average power once he fills out his lean, athletic frame.”

The Yankees have an insane amount of talent in the minor leagues:

With Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza climbing through the Yankees’ farm system, they will have another young player to continue developing in the years to come. Considering he’s just 17 years old, Arias has 4/5 years until the Yankees could elevate him to the big leagues.

It is possible that Roderick works his way up with Jasson Dominguez, the Yankees’ other top international prospect, also known as “The Martian.” MLB Pipeline has Arias ranked as the No. 1 prospect, and Baseball America has him at No. 2, just behind Cuban outfielder Cristian Vaquero, who’s just 16 years old.

Interestingly, MLB Pipeline believes that Arias will immediately become the Yankees’ No. 5 overall prospects behind Volpe, Peraza, Dominguez, and Luis Gil.