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Mauricio, Hernandez top Mets' int'l signings

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The Mets made their presence felt on Sunday, the first day international prospects could sign, stacking their Minor League system with a host of top international prospects -- including shortstop Ronny Mauricio and outfielder Adrian Hernandez, according to industry sources.

Mauricio, who is ranked No. 10 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 30 International Prospects list has a deal for $2.1 million. Hernandez, ranked No. 18, has a deal for $1.5 million. Both are from the Dominican Republic.

The Mets made their presence felt on Sunday, the first day international prospects could sign, stacking their Minor League system with a host of top international prospects -- including shortstop Ronny Mauricio and outfielder Adrian Hernandez, according to industry sources.

Mauricio, who is ranked No. 10 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 30 International Prospects list has a deal for $2.1 million. Hernandez, ranked No. 18, has a deal for $1.5 million. Both are from the Dominican Republic.

The Mets have not confirmed the deals.

Complete breakdown of where Top 30 international prospects landed

Long and lean, Mauricio has easy actions on defense and has been praised for his soft hands and range. He's known as a steady defender with good instincts that could keep him at shortstop as he grows. That said, he could also move to third base or play anywhere on the diamond -- outside of catcher -- because of his potential tools.

Video: Top International Prospects: Ronny Mauricio, SS

On the offensive side, the switch-hitting teen is considered a contact hitter with decent bat speed and a good feel at the plate from both sides. He has the potential to be a line-drive hitter and hit for average, with the power coming later on.

Hernandez is a fast-twitched athlete with a well-proportioned and muscular body. He has the type of speed and power combination that could allow him to become an elite defender in the future. An aggressive hitter, the teenager has shown above-average bat speed and some raw power. He's more of a pull-side power hitter, but has shown the ability to hit the ball with authority to the opposite field.

Video: Top International Prospects: Adrian Hernandez, OF

Hernandez projects as a center fielder, but could end up in right because of his speed, power and overall athleticism.

According to the new rules established by the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, every team gets at least $4.75 million to spend on international prospects. Any team receiving a Competitive Balance Round A pick in the Draft gets $5.25 million in international bonus pool money. Additionally, teams receiving a Competitive Balance Round B pick get $5.75 million to spend.

A club can trade as much of its international pool money as it would like, but there is a limit -- 75 percent of a team's initial pool -- to how much one team can acquire.

The Mets' pool total for this year's signing period is $4.75 million.

Here's a list of players the Mets have agreed to terms with for the 2017-18 international signing period so far:

Ronny Mauricio, SS, Dominican Republic, $2,100,000
Adrian Hernandez, OF, Dominican Republic, $1,500,000
Stanley Consuegra, OF, Dominican Republic, $500,000
Eduardo Salazar, OF, Venezuela, $125,000
Patricio Diaz, OF, Dominican Republic, $100,000
Robert Colina, RHP, Venezuela, $85,000

Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook.

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