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Padres signing top international prospect Ethan Salas

Mar 26, 2022; Peoria, Arizona, USA; Detailed view of a San Diego Padres batting helmet in the dugout against the Chicago Cubs during a spring training game at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Padres are signing top international prospect Ethan Salas to a reported $5.6 million deal.

The agreement with the 16-year-old Venezuelan catcher is pending a physical, MLB.com said Sunday.

Salas ranks No. 1 on Major League Baseball’s list of the top 50 international prospects.

“The top player in the class is one of the best catching prospects in recent history,” reads the MLB.com scouting report. “His strong skills on the field are matched by his notable family ties, as his grandfather, father and uncle all played professionally. He is the younger brother of Marlins prospect Jose Salas, and he could end up being the best player in the family.”

Sunday was the first day of the international signing period, which runs through Dec. 15, 2023.

–Field Level Media