According to Baseball America, as of a month ago, the Royals have been linked to a top international free agent from the Dominican Republic. Wilmin Candelario, 16, is described as a light-hitting shortstop with a plus-glove by Ben Badler of Baseball America.
Candelario didn’t get the same defensive opportunities in games as Alejandro Pie, but he has the prettiest actions to watch taking infield. He’s light on his feet and floats around at shortstop, where he has good body control, slick hands and a fast exchange. Candelario, 16, stands out more for his glove than his bat. He’s a switch-hitter with a simple swing, but he will have to cut down on his strikeouts, especially for a player who doesn’t project to have much extra-base thump. He went 1-for-5 with a walk and two strikeouts. The Royals are linked to Candelario, who trains with Miguel Tejada.
The Royals have been using the international market to help rebuild their farm system recently, inking two prospects involved in the Atlanta Braves scandal, Yefri del Rosario and Juan Carlos Negret.
Don’t expect Candelario to see time in organized baseball this year, as he is just sixteen-years-old.