On Wednesday, the New York Mets officially signed 16-year-old Venezuelan prospect Kenny Hernandez to a $1 million contract, according to Baseball America. Hernandez is respectively ranked 13th and 27th on the Baseball America and MLB.com international prospect lists. He and the Mets had agreed on terms in early July, but had to wait until Hernandez's 16th birthday to make the deal official.
Hernandez is an offense-oriented infielder who has displayed good footwork and athletic ability at all infield positions. He currently plays shortstop but scouts believe he'll begin his pro career as a third baseman. Hernandez is a left-handed hitter and is often praised for his simple mechanics, quick hands, good bat speed, and plate discipline. He has demonstrated the ability to use the opposite field and has shown gap power, which will likely develop as he matures. The teenager current stands at 6-feet, 160 pounds.
Hernandez is from Tumero, Venezuela, and has trained at former Tigers' infielder Carlos Guillen's baseball academy.