Cubs sign Alexis Hernandez, brother of top prospect Cristian

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Cubs sign Alexis Hernandez, brother of top prospect originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Alexis Hernandez is joining his brother in the Cubs organization.

MLB's international signing period — which is not subject to the lockout transaction freeze — began Saturday and the Cubs are signing Hernandez, a 17-year-old shortstop from the Dominican Republic and consensus top-50 prospect in this year's class, according to multiple reports.

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reported the deal is worth $1.3 million.

Hernandez' brother is Cristian Hernandez, a top Cubs prospect whom the organization signed during last year's international signing period.

The Cubs also reached a deal with top-50 prospect Adan Sanchez, a 16-year-old third baseman from Panama.

Hernandez (No. 18) and Sanchez (No. 43) are among the top international prospects in this year's class, according to MLB.com. Hernandez has five-tool potential and also plays center field, with some scouting reports suggesting he could move there down the line.

Sanchez hits for power and projects as a middle of the order bat. He has a big arm and also has defensive versatility with experience at catcher.

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According to Baseball America, the Cubs also reached agreements with catcher Carlos Altuve (Venezuela) and nine other players from the Dominican Republic: shortstops Jefferson Rojas, Moises Febrillet, Sandy Sanchez and Darlin de Leon, outfielders Josefrailin Alcantara, Josias Ramirez and Albertina Belliard, catcher Yidel Diaz and right-hander Freylin Silverio.

The Cubs have a $5,179,000 signing pool allotment for this period. MLB.com reported Adan Sanchez, Hernandez and Rojas' deals are worth $3.8 million total.

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