The Blue Jays’ work to strengthen the farm system is about to get a shot in the arm. According to reports from Jesse Sanchez, the Jays are “expected to sign” Brazilian pitcher Eric Pardinho. They are also the favourites to sign infielder Miguel Hiraldo.
Pardinho gained fame during Brazil’s World Baseball Classic qualifying in 2016, when he pitched as a 15-year-old against Pakistan.
Here is what MLB Pipeline has to say about him:
The teenager’s fastball has touched 95 mph, but it usually hovers in the 90- to 93-mph range. Pardinho also throws a curveball, slider and changeup. He’s impressed scouts with his advanced approach on the mound and experience against top competition. Some scouts have expressed some concern about Pardinho’s overall upside and projectability given his smaller frame.
As for Hiraldo, he is expected to be among the best hitters in this year’s international free agent class. Here is a quick look at him:
Hiraldo currently features at shortstop, but could eventually transition to either second or third base in the future. MLB Pipeline offers praise for his hitting:
This much is certain: Hiraldo is a hit-first prospect and he has a chance to be a special player on offense. Scouts like Hiraldo’s approach and his swing. He’s a mature player with quick hands, a plan at the plate and he can hit the ball hard to all fields. He’s also been praised for his makeup and how he plays the game.
The Jays have had success with international free agents in the recent past. With the likes of Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Yourdes Gurriel Jr. acquired through international free agency, the farm system gained some quality prospects. Hopefully the same will be true in five weeks’ time, when the Jays look to add two more prominent pieces.