Ethan Salas

16-Year-Old CatcherC
2023 Fantasy Outlook
A 16-year-old catcher from Venezuela, Salas is the younger brother of Marlins prospect Jose Salas and his family has a long history of churning out pro baseball players, dating back to his grandfather. He commanded the largest singing bonus ($5.6 million) of any player in the class. Salas is considered the top pure hitter in this year's international signing class, and has experience hitting 90-plus mph velocity, which is a separator compared to his peers. He is a better real-life prospect than a fantasy prospect, and he could be seen as one of the best catching prospects in the game in a couple years. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a $5.6 million contract with the Padres in January of 2023.
Should open in AZ Complex League
CSan Diego Padres  R
March 22, 2023
Salas will likely begin his professional career in the Arizona Complex League, Jonathan Mayo of reports.
Assistant director of player development Mike Daly said Salas will begin his career stateside, which rules out a stint in the Dominican Summer League, but he didn't definitively rule out Salas spending time with Single-A Lake Elsinore this year in his age-16/17 season. Salas turns 17 in June and has already appeared in a Cactus League game, which is evidence of just how advanced the prized international signee is. A bilingual switch hitter, Salas is as good of a real-life 16-year-old prospect as you'll find, but he is still at least several years away from the majors.
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Gets $5.6 million
CSan Diego Padres  R
January 15, 2023
Salas signed with the Padres on Sunday for $5.6 million, Jesse Sanchez of reports.
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