Lots of time is spent discussing early recruiting in softball, but I was watching MLB Network this morning and a thought occurred to me.
Kevin Maitan is a 17 year old SS prospect from Venezuela. He was caught up in the sanctions against the Braves and made a free agent by MLB. The Angels have signed him. So, before this kid turns 18 he's signed two pro contracts worth nearly $7,000,000. If memory serves, several years ago the Reds signed Yorman Rodriguez as a 15 year old out of Venezuela for $2,500,000.
In that light, maybe verbaling a 14 year old really isn't so bad!