Int’l roundup: Brothers unite; Ross gets his C?

CHICAGO — When the Cubs were scouting and recruiting prospect Cristian Hernandez, his little brother was usually nearby. Now Cristian and Alexis can dream about taking the field alongside one another in Chicago.

Last weekend, the Cubs agreed to a reported signing bonus of $1.3 million with Alexis Hernandez out of the Dominican Republic. The younger Hernandez is considered a five-tool prospect with a chance to play up the middle, with shortstop or center field potentially in his future.

“Hopefully they’ll be together at some point as they go through the system,” said Louie Eljaua, the Cubs’ vice president of international scouting, who was named baseball’s 2021 International Scout of the Year.

“We expect that Alexis will catch up, and hopefully we’ll see them in Wrigley together.”

Alexis Hernandez, 17, was ranked No. 18 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 50 international prospects list and gives the Cubs a plus runner with a plus arm and raw power. Cristian, 18, made his professional debut last year and is currently ranked No. 3 on the Cubs’ Top 30 prospects list, per Pipeline.

The elder Hernandez has drawn comparisons to some impressive players — a young Alex Rodriguez being one — and could have a future home at shortstop or third base. No matter where the brothers wind up on the field, Eljaua knows it will be beneficial to have them pushing each other in the upcoming seasons.

“We love his ability first and…

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