Loaded Talent in the International Signing Pool, and Potential Twins Targets

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4. Gilbert Lara, SS, Dominican Republic

Are you noticing a trend? This year’s signing pool is stacked with Dominican shortstops. Maybe it’s millennial narcissism that makes young players want to be the QB of the baseball field? Kids these days. No one wants to play first base. I guess if you’re a player like Gilbert Lara, why would you? He’s the biggest of the bunch so far, standing 6′ 3″ and weighing 203 lbs. His trademark is his power. He’s a natural home run hitter with an extremely smooth swing. He has pretty soft hands in the field, but while I watched video of him take ground balls, I kept thinking of the word “choppy.” A move to one of the corner infield positions seems likely. We may get to see Lara several times each year, as the Brewers are considered the favorites to land him.