Milwaukee Brewers Emphasizing Latin American Prospect Pool By Signing Touted Dominican Prospect Gilbert Lara

By Brandon Hemstead
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Just two years ago, the Milwaukee Brewers shuffled things around in their Latin American scouting operations, and now seem poised to maintain that focus moving forward. The club has an agreement in place with the 16-year-old Dominican standout shortstop Gilbert Lara, according to Kiley McDaniel of Scouting Baseball. Lara also goes by Yirver Lara and Yirver Gilbert Lara.

The Brewers can’t officially sign Lara until July 2, but when it is indeed finalized he’ll be signing for $3.2 million. Major league clubs have limits on how much money they can spend in the international market so it’s a no-brainer the Brewers really want Lara.

Many scouts think Lara is best suited at third base with his 6-foot-3 frame, and  his still-filling-out body. Here’s some high praise from a Toronto Blue Jays’ scout:

“Likely the second best overall prospect available for the July 2 signing period, Lara is a big rangy shortstop with an exciting combination of tools. He has natural loft in his swing and the ball really carries.”

There isn’t a whole lot of inside information on Lora but the scouts rave on his potential. In the scouting video on him, you can see his explosive bat speed and raw power. Lora is probably at least two to three years away from playing baseball in America but it seems promising that he could produce stardom.

Brandon Hemstead is a Milwaukee Brewers writer for Follow him on Twitter @hemi27sp, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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