08/17/2011 1:24 PM ET
Mariners Announce Two International Signings
Mariners Sign Two Players from Venezuela to First Pro Contracts
Seattle Mariners Vice President of International Operations Bob Engle today announced the signings of two international free agents. The following players were signed to 2012 contracts.
Signing their first pro contract with the Mariners organization were:
From Venezuela: Right-Handed Pitcher Victor Sanchez
Outfielder Jose Leal
Sanchez, 16 (1/30/95), is a 6-foot-1, 205-pound right-handed pitcher from Paez, Venezuela. "Sanchez was our number one rated prospect internationally and was eligible to sign on July 2, 2011," VP of International Operations Bob Engle said. "He is a very strong and sturdy built young man who has sound pitching mechanics and a quick arm. He is a power pitcher with above average arm strength and has a chance to have a power curveball. Sanchez is a very good all-around athlete and is extremely poised for a 16-year old."
Leal, 16 (2/16/95), is a 6-foot-3, 215-pound right-handed hitting outfielder from Guarico, Venezuela. "Jose is a big, strong, raw-boned player who has the potential to be an above average Major League player," VP of International Operations Bob Engle said. "We feel he has the ability to hit and hit with power. He is a hard worker and has a great mental approach to the game."
"We are extremely pleased that both players have decided to sign with our organization," said Engle.
The Mariners will continue to sign international players throughout the year.