The San Diego Padres continued their spending spree, building up the low end of their farm system with international free agent prospects, with the signing of left-handed pitcher Osvaldo Hernandez today.
The 18-year old Cuban was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball on February 12th, 2017. The old CBA rules are still in place until the 2017-20187 international signing period begins, so it benefits the Padres to spend as much as they can now before they are limited in their potential spending.
Hernandez already throws a fastball that tops out at 94mph and apparently already has a full arsenal of pitches despite his young age.
Don’t expect this to be the last international signing from the Padres before the start of the next international signing period in July. Padres GM A.J. Preller has a long history of finding talented young international prospects and the team’s ownership is looking to take as much advantage of that expertise as possible.