Tigers sign three 16-year-old prospects from Dominican Republic

Lynn Henning
The Detroit News

Three more prospects, all from the Dominican Republic, were signed Monday by the Tigers on the second day that international players could finalize contracts with big-league teams.

The three players, all 16 years of age, and all from Santo Domingo, are:

* Yoneiry Acevedo, a switch-hitting shortstop, who is 5-foot-10, 160 pounds;

* Jose Rodriguez, an outfielder who bats right-handed and who is on the bigger side at 6-1, 170, and;

* shortstop Kevin Nivar, who also bats right-handed and who is 5-10, 170.

Acevedo is considered to have the typical collection of shortstop skills: sharp glove, strong arm, and is viewed by Tigers scouts as a line-drive hitter.

Rodriguez is more of a prototypical corner outfielder, with power, average speed, and an average arm.

Nivar has good bat speed, say Tigers scouts, and is more likely a  top-of-the-order bat, as much as can be projected for players so young.

The Tigers have been tied to a pair of Venezuelan shortstops, Alvaro Gonzalez and Carlos Irigoyen. But contracts for each teen haven’t yet been finalized, which is not viewed as an uncommon event so early in a signing period that extends until next June.