San Diego Padres catching prospect Ethan Salas has caught the eyes of talent evaluators. The 16-year old catcher signed for $5.6 million. It’s the biggest ever deal in the international prospect market.

One MLB scout proclaimed that Salas is going to make 10 All-Star teams.

“He’s going to star for the Padres as a teenager and he’ll be a 10-year All-Star,” an unnamed scout said, per Jon Heyman of the New York Post.

Another scout said Ethan Salas is the best young catching talent he’s ever seen.

“The best amateur catcher I’ve ever seen, high school or college,” the scout proclaimed.

The 6’2″ Salas has incredible defensive fundamentals behind the dish, and his arm should make runners think twice about stealing or advancing aggressively.

Salas is left-handed hitter with power. He gets praise for his work ethic (he’s the first to camp every day).

Salas has not been intimidated by the huge major league stars in Padres camp, has caught Yu Darvish and the team’s other top starters and has hit very well.

Ethan Salas is a name to remember. It will be interesting to see if he lives up to the lofty expectations.

San Diego Padres prospect Ethan Salas. Photo courtsey of The New York Post


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