Twins beat out Yankees for prospect Yunior Severin

The Dominican signed for $2.5 million dollars

The international-pool is drying up quickly and the Yankees are again without luck.

On Friday the Minnesota Twins signed ex Atlanta Braves prospect Yunior Severino to a $2.5 million dollar bonus contract, informed Jesse Sánchez of

The deal is pending a physical, mentioned Sánchez.

Sánchez had reported hours before that Severino was working out in front of close to 200 scouts form almost every team in the Big Leagues at the Giants Academy in the Dominican Republic.

The Yankees were reported, by Jonathan Mayo of, to be paying strong attention to the Dominican prospect and most thought he would sign with the Bronx team after the Shohei Ohtani news that he wasn't going to sign with the Yankees.

Severino is an 18-year-old second baseman and DH, who in 2017 .270 with 3 home runs and 29 runs batted in between the Dominican Summer League and the Gulf Coast League.

This is what Eric Longenhagen of FanGraphs had to say on the Dominican:

Signed for $1.9 million out of the Dominican Republic, Severino is a switch-hitting middle infielder with surprising power for his size. Scouts think his long-term defensive home is second base and are skeptical about his long-term ability to make contact. He takes big, violent swings but still hit .286/.345/.444 in the GCL this year.

The Yankees have also been mentioned to be talking to Cuban outfielder Juan Pablo Martínez, who held his own showcase today, informed Sánchez.

Martínez could end up being the Yankees prized signing the international market, but they will have strong competition from all the teams ousted by Ohtani.

Mariners and Rangers will also have top dollar, $3.5 million, to offer the Cuban who ran a 3.75 from home to first.

All three teams must spend their money by June 15th.