Padres Give $5.6 Million To 16-Year-Old Catcher Ethan Salas

Videos by OutKick

I don’t know what you were up to when you were 16, but I know you didn’t have a Major League Baseball team giving you $5.6 million. You weren’t Ethan Salas.

The San Diego Padres kicked off the first day of the MLB’s international signing by inking 16-year-old catcher Ethan Salas. His deal includes a whopping $5.6 million bonus.

It could be a sound investment. Salas was regarded as the top name in this year’s crop of international prospects. According to scouting reports, he offers both substantial defensive acumen as well as power in the batter’s box.

The left-handed hitter comes from a family of ballplayers. His brother, Jose Salas is one of the most highly-touted prospects in the Miami Marlins system. 19-year-old Jose spent most of last season with the Single-A Jupiter Hammerheads.

The Salas family baseball legacy goes a lot deeper than just Ethan and Jose. Their dad played in the Braves system, their uncle in the Blue Jays system, and their grandfather in the Astros and Royals systems.

Most recently, Ethan Salas appeared in a Venezuelan Winter League game for Aguilas del Zulia.

Sakas wasn’t the only big signing. The Washington Nationals signed 17-year-old Elian Soto. He is, as you may have guessed, the brother of Padres outfielder Juan Soto, who the Nats traded last season.

Follow on Twitter: @Matt_Reigle

Written by Matt Reigle

Matt is a University of Central Florida graduate and a long-suffering Philadelphia Flyers fan living in Orlando, Florida. He can usually be heard playing guitar, shoe-horning obscure quotes from The Simpsons into conversations, or giving dissertations to captive audiences on why Iron Maiden is the greatest band of all time.

Leave a Reply