New York Mets
2 min readJan 15, 2022


FLUSHING, N.Y., January 15, 2022 — The New York Mets today announced that the club has signed 21 international players.

“It’s an exciting day for the New York Mets to congratulate and welcome these talented young men to our organization,” said Vice President of Amateur and International Scouting, Tommy Tanous. “This is the first step in realizing their dreams of becoming major leaguers. I want to thank everyone from the family of the players to our incredible scouting staff for their hard work in this process.”

“Today is another step in establishing and achieving sustained success,” said General Manager Billy Eppler. “We are excited for these players to get started on their path to Queens. We also want to thank Tommy, Steve Barningham, and our entire international scouting department as well as everyone in the baseball operations department who worked tirelessly to make this day possible.”

The class is highlighted by Simon Juan, an outfielder from the Dominican Republic. The 6–2, 195-pounder is ranked at the 14th-best international prospect according to Baseball America and as the 16th-best prospect on MLB Pipeline’s Top 50 Internationals Prospect List. An additional notable signing includes Willy Fañas, a dynamic five tool center fielder from the Dominican Republic.

The full list of players is below:

Name Position Country HT/WT B/T

Wellington Aracena RHP D.R. 6–3/180 R/R

Jesus Báez SS D.R. 5–10/180 R/R

Jose Chirinos RHP Venezuela 6–3/170 R/R

Willy Fañas OF D.R. 6–2/190 S/R

Franklin Gómez LHP Venezuela 6–0/145 L/L

Yonatan Henríquez SS D.R. 6–0/190 S/R

Simon Juan OF D.R. 6–2/195 R/R

Wilson Esterlin Laventure RHP D.R. 6–3/170 R/R

Erensto Mercedes RHP D.R. 6–2/180 R/R

Juan Orama RHP Venezuela 6–3/170 R/R

Cesar Rivera LHP Panama 6–3/190 L/L

Orangel Rodríguez C Venezuela 6–2/180 R/R

Jeffrey Rosa OF D.R. 6–1/190 R/R

Dangelo Sarmiento SS Venezuela 6–2/160 R/R

Freilander Seijas RHP Venezuela 6–1/160 R/R

Jose Sequera RHP Venezuela 6–2/160 R/R

Daniel Silva C Venezuela 6–2/200 S/R

Francisco Toledo C Venezuela 5–10/160 R/R

Jeisel Vargas SS D.R. 5–7/155 R/R

Omar Victorino RHP D.R. 6–2/170 R/R

Johan Villegas LHP Venezuela 6–2/160 L/L