The White Sox announced the signings of four international free agents on Wednesday, the first day teams could sign international prospects.
The four players: 16-year-old Colombian catcher Jhoandro Alfaro, 16-year-old Dominican Republic shortstop Amado Nunez, 16-year-old Dominican Republic shortstop Ricky Mota and 17-year-old Dominican Republic middle infielder Felix Mercedes.
"I am very excited about the potential of these four players and our entire 2014 class," special assistant to the general manager for international operations Marco Paddy said. "I have gotten to know each of these players and their families very well over the last year, and I have been very impressed by their abilities on the baseball diamond and their character as young men. Their futures are exciting."
Paddy and general manager Rick Hahn were in attendance for Wednesday's signing press conference in the Dominican Republic.
"Today's signing ceremony is another step in a process that began two and a half years ago when Marco joined our organization with the goal of increasing our profile in Latin America, “ Hahn said. “Each of these young men here today is another talented addition to the Chicago White Sox organization.”
Alfaro, a switch-hitter, is ranked by MLB.com as the 28th-best international prospect while Nunez ranks 26th.
The White Sox expect to sign more international free agents beyond the four inked on Wednesday.