FLUSHING, N.Y., July 2, 2012 – The New York Mets today announced that they have signed Dominican shortstop German Rosario to a $1.75 million contract, the highest international bonus ever paid out by the Mets. The Mets also agreed to contracts with Dominican second baseman Franklin Correa and Venezuelan shortstop Miguel Patino. All three will report to the Mets Dominican Complex.
Rosario, 16, who bats and throws righthanded, recently graduated from Centro Educativo Rosario High School. This fall, the 6-2, 170-pounder will also report to the Mets Instructional League.
Rosario participated in an MLB showcase this February and went 4-7 (.571) with a double in games against Venezuela.
“Rosario is extremely athletic, very instinctual and highly intelligent,” said Paul DePodesta, Mets Vice President, Player Development and Amateur Scouting. “He has the chance to impact the game offensively, defensively and off the field. A lot of credit for his signing goes to Chris Becerra, our Director of International Scouting and Gerardo Cabrera, our Dominican Scouting Supervisor.”
Correa, 16, is a righthanded batter, who also throws righthanded. The 5-9, 176-pounder grew up in Santo Domingo.
Patino, 16, also bats and throws righthanded. The 5-11, 155-pounder resides in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela and has a brother Alfredo who plays in the Royals minor league system. Patino is set to graduate from Liceo Jose Maria Espana Secondario High School.