7/3/2014 5:20 P.M. ET
Royals sign 16-year-old prospect Aracena
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
The Royals signed 16-year-old infielder Ricky Aracena for $850,000, according to an industry source.
The club did not confirm the signing.
Aracena, who ranks No. 24 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list, reminds some scouts of a young Rafael Furcal.
Aracena (5-foot-8, 155 pounds) isn't the biggest middle infielder on the market, but he makes up for his lack of size with a good bat and above-average tools. A switch-hitting shortstop, Aracena has shown equal bat speed and home-run power from both sides of the plate. He has a sound approach at the plate and ability to drive the ball from gap to gap in games.
He has the defensive skills -- the hands, footwork and range -- to stay at shortstop and his above-average arm also helps his chances of staying at the position.
Based in San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic, and trained by Jose Alfredo Sanchez, Aracena is known as an above-average runner with good instincts on the bases.
In accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each team is allotted a $700,000 base and a bonus pool based on the team's record in 2013 for the international signing period, which started Wednesday. Kansas City's bonus pool total for this year's signing period is $2,136,800.