MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Marlins held a news conference Monday to announce the signing of two top prospects.READ MORE: Man Sought In NW Miami-Dade Machete Attack
Brothers Victor Victor Mesa, 22, and 17-year-old brother Victor Mesa Junior were signed to Minor League contracts. Both were seen earlier this month working out with the team at Marlins Park.
Victor Victor says part of the reason they chose the Marlins was because of their “seriousness” to getting better. Adds the Latino community of South Florida made Miami feel like home.
Victor Victor will receive about $5.25 million, and his 17-year-old brother agreed to $1 million, according to sources.
The older brother played for Cuba in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.READ MORE: Pembroke Pines Police Officers Take Oath To 'Serve And Protect' To Next Level With Moving Gesture
“I want to prepare myself as good as possible to get to spring training in the best shape, to demonstrate my talents and get ready for the call,” Victor Victor said.
Their dad, Victor Mesa Sr., was a star outfielder on the island for nearly twenty years.
“It’s very important to represent the Latin community. Especially here in Miami, with all the Cubans and Cuban flavor. I feel practically at home,” said Victor Mesa Junior.
The brothers left Cuba in May of this year to pursue their major league dreams.
Marlins CEO Derek Jeter and president of baseball operations Michael Hill were in attendance during the announcement.MORE NEWS: 2 Diners Injured In Partial Deck Collapse At Fort Lauderdale Waterfront Eatery
“We feel as though we got two of the top players in the international market. I’ve said from day one that we were going to invest in international talent,” Jeter said.