Mets sign 16-year-old prospect Kenny Hernandez for $1 million

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The New York Mets have signed 16-year-old Venezuelan prospect Kenny Hernandez to a $1 million contract, Baseball America's Ben Badler reports.

Hernandez, who is ranked as the No. 13 international prospect by Baseball America, is an infielder, who scouts say is likely to become a third baseman. The 6-foot, 160-pound lefty trained at the Carlos Guillen Academy.

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Entering the 2014 season, the Mets had the eighth best farm system in the major leagues, according to Baseball Prospectus.

The Mets are 57-64 this season, 9.5 games behind the first-place Washington Nationals in the N.L. East. The Mets pitching staff took a pair of hits this month with injuries to starter Jacob deGrom and closer Jenrry Mejia.

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- Paul Palladino

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