The Washington Nationals have signed international free agent Anderson Franco, a 16-year-old from the Dominican Republic who projects as a third baseman at the professional level.
Franco was ranked as the top international free agent by Baseball America who had yet to be signed. He was slotted 29th out of 30 overall for players available this year.
A right-handed power hitter, Franco is listed at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds. He is said to have a strong throwing arm and plus range defensively at third.
General manager Mike Rizzo and Nationals director of international scouting Johnny DiPuglia made the announcement via the team.