It’s likely the case that before you woke up today, you had never heard of Andres De Aza. That’s perfectly understandable, because he was just another baseball prospect from the Dominican Republic.
That was, until earlier today, when Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com broke the news that the Toronto Blue Jays had signed the 17-year old De Aza to a development deal that will see him start his professional career in North America in the Blue Jays system. See, now he’s one of our baseball prospects!
Under GM Alex Anthopoulos, the team has made a habit of being active in pursuing international free agents over the last few years (to varying degrees of success), and it’s not exactly a surprise that they will continue at it before changes to the CBA makes it more difficult for the team to do so.
So what do we know about the latest addition to the Blue Jays farm? Well, not too much, unfortunately. Just that he’s 6-foot-4, about 190 pounds, and that he plays multiple positions in the outfield. Of course, De Aza will enter the minor leagues this year (where is TBD) before he turns 18, so any ideas of the kid making any noise in the majors will probably have to wait for a few years. Well, probably more than that.
While we’re waiting, you can see a prospect showcase video of De Aza here, courtesy of the Dominican Prospect League. What say we revisit this in 2018?