Ethan Salas, Cesar Suarez

Top International Prospect, Venezuelan Catcher Ethan Salas Signs with Padres

On the first day of the 2023 international signing period, the Padres signed Ethan Salas, a prominent catcher and international prospect from Caracas, Venezuela. Salas received a $5.6 million bonus, which is the highest amount granted to an international amateur during the hard cap bonus pool era.

He is widely considered the top overall player prospect in this year’s class, ranking first on Baseball America’s 2023 International Bonus Board, FanGraphs’ 2023 International Prospect Rankings and MLB Pipeline’s International Prospect Rankings.