MLB Teams Sign a Bunch of Players' Family Members

Among them: Padres sign Ethan Salas, younger bro of top Marlins prospect Jose Salas, for $5.6M
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 16, 2023 8:41 AM CST
MLB Teams Sign a Bunch of Players' Family Members
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The San Diego Padres signed 16-year-old catcher Ethan Salas of Caracas, Venezuela, to a $5.6 million bonus on Sunday, the first day of the international signing period. Salas is the consensus top overall prospect in this year's class. The left-handed hitter is the younger brother of Jose Salas, 19, one of the top prospects in the Miami Marlins system, reports the AP. The Salas brothers have a long pedigree. Their father, Jose Antonio, played in the Atlanta Braves organization; their uncle Jose Gregorio played in the Toronto Blue Jays system; and their grandfather, also Jose Gregorio, played in the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals systems.

According to scouting reports, Ethan Salas has raw power at the plate and strong defensive skills. Also Sunday, the Washington Nationals signed outfielder Elian Soto, the 17-year-old brother of Padres right fielder Juan Soto. The Nationals traded Juan Soto to the Padres in a blockbuster deal on Aug. 2. Meanwhile, the Texas Rangers signed outfielder Pablo Guerrero, 16, the son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero Sr. and younger brother of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays.

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