2014 International Signing Period

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  1. tellitlikeitis

    tellitlikeitis Contributing Member

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    We're about 5 months before the new signing period kicks off, but it's the beginning of showcase season in Latin America.

    As is the case with the draft, the Astros will have the largest bonus pool for the international market. Here is a refresher on the new rules: http://sbb.scout.com/2/1277773.html

    There are a few changes that will be taking effect this July 2. Previously, teams were able to sign 6 players for up to $50,000 without having them count against the bonus pools. That has been abolished by the CBA. In the 2012 and 2013 periods, signings of $7500 or less did not count against a team's bonus pool. Beginning this year, signings of $10,000 or less will be exempt.

    Scout.com's Kiley McDaniel is in the Dominican getting an early look at these kids. But before I get to that, he also reports that the Yankees are fixing to make the Rangers' signings of Nomar Mazara and Ronald Guzman look like bargain-bin shopping.

    One of those targets is Dermis Garcia, who McDaniel considers to be one of the top targets (if not the top) for July 2. Garcia trains with Moreno Tejada, who has trained the likes of Robinson Canó and Miguel Sano, so the pedigree is certainly there. But, don't expect the Astros to be in the running for Garcia; McDaniel believes that he's already made a verbal commitment to the Yankees, and he'll be getting around $3 million come July 2.

    Here's a few looks at Garcia in action:

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    Day 1 Report

    Day 2 Report

    Still extremely early, but I'll update with any significant news when I can.
     
  2. msn

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    in before the birds start chirping...
     
  3. tellitlikeitis

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    Kiley McDaniel: Profiling some July 2 pitchers, including Michael Ynoa's brother; Venezuelan pitcher has verbal to Astros

    Here's what you might be interested in:

     
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    Juan Meza:

    [Youtube]Gv1ZyaR8X4U[/Youtube]
     
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    The Astros ranked 6th, spending an estimated $3.86 million.

    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The 2013 international spending numbers for all 30 teams, from the Rangers to the Orioles: <a href="http://t.co/R7WUn2CxOZ">http://t.co/R7WUn2CxOZ</a></p>&mdash; Ben Badler (@BenBadler) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenBadler/statuses/430751398423040000">February 4, 2014</a></blockquote>
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    Yesterday I asked Kiley McDaniel about any other players that were being linked to the Astros during his trip to the Dominican.

    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/itsDTrain">@itsDTrain</a> Yep, and not sure if I referenced it in the articles but OF Ronny Rafael, for abtou 1/3 of what Meza will get.</p>&mdash; Kiley McDaniel (@kileymcd) <a href="https://twitter.com/kileymcd/statuses/432232663726837760">February 8, 2014</a></blockquote>
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    Meza's rumored deal is now apparently $1.4 million. ($$) He's in McDaniel's 2nd tier of possible top July 2 prospects. So Rafael could possibly get around $475K.

    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/itsDTrain">@itsDTrain</a> Yep, he's listed here <a href="http://t.co/SCVR4kXo3n">http://t.co/SCVR4kXo3n</a> just didn't put a video or report up yet</p>&mdash; Kiley McDaniel (@kileymcd) <a href="https://twitter.com/kileymcd/statuses/432237405681106945">February 8, 2014</a></blockquote>
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    No prospect news here, but certainly July 2-related:


    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>It's baseball's newest underground trend. How MLB has teams scouting children and competing to sign 14-year-olds: <a href="http://t.co/HsXdRHtzmH">http://t.co/HsXdRHtzmH</a></p>&mdash; Ben Badler (@BenBadler) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenBadler/statuses/454262855119151104">April 10, 2014</a></blockquote>
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    Today, BA's Ben Badler profiled 4 kids ($$) who could go for at least $1 million, including 2 kids who are being linked to the Astros.

     
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    Another Venezuelan pitcher being linked to the Astros is RHP Franklin Perez; Badler believes that he could command a "seven-figure bonus."

    Perez is a training mate of Juan Meza at Carlos Guillén's academy.

     
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    Well, the new IFA period begins on Wednesday. These are the top 30 prospects, as ranked by Baseball America's Ben Badler.

    Bold indicates that the prospect has been linked to the Astros.

    1. Adrian Rondon, SS, DR
    2. Juan De Leon, OF, DR
    3. Brayan Hernandez, OF, Venezuela
    4. Anderson Espinoza, RHP, Venezuela
    5. Gilbert Lara, SS, DR
    6. Nelson Gomez, 3B, DR
    7. Wilkerman Garcia, SS, Venezuela
    8. Arquimedes Gamboa, SS, Venezuela
    9. Dermis Garcia, SS, DR
    10. Juan Meza, RHP, Venezuela (the Blue Jays are considered the favorites for him, though)
    11. Christopher Acosta, RHP, DR
    12. Pedro Gonzalez, RHP, DR
    13. Kenny Hernandez, SS, Venezuela
    14. Huascar Ynoa, RHP, DR
    15. Franklin Perez, RHP, Venezuela
    16. Miguel Flames, C, Venezuela
    17. Ricky Aracena, SS, DR
    18. Hyo-Joon Park, SS, South Korea
    19. Miguel Angel Sierra, SS, Venezuela
    20. Christopher Torres, SS, DR
    21. Ricardo Rodriguez, C, Venezuela
    22. Jonathan Amundaray, OF, Venezuela
    23. Bryan Emery, OF, Colombia
    24. Diego Castillo, SS, Venezuela
    25. Ronny Rafael, OF, DR
    26. Amado Nuñez, SS, DR
    27. Jesus Sanchez, OF, DR
    28. Antonio Arias, OF, Venezuela
    29. Daniel Brito, SS, Venezuela
    30. Kevin Vicuna, SS, Venezuela
     
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    Here are their scouting reports ($$).

    In addition to the 4 above, the Astros are also being linked to Venezuelan C Brandon Benavente.

     
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    Kiley McDaniel projects that Perez and Sierra will go to the Astros for $1 million.

     
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    Those are very different scouting reports.
     
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    Baseball America: International Forecasts for all 30 teams

     
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    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Astros: Astros ink pair of top international prospects <a href="http://t.co/W1KYlBIsKF">http://t.co/W1KYlBIsKF</a></p>&mdash; MLB News Network (@MLBNewsNetwork) <a href="https://twitter.com/MLBNewsNetwork/statuses/484335638108307456">July 2, 2014</a></blockquote>
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    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Scout told me the father of a Venezuelan J2 prospect is a devout communist. Despite that dad is ok w/son's big bonus from American team <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/USA?src=hash">#USA</a></p>&mdash; Kiley McDaniel (@kileymcd) <a href="https://twitter.com/kileymcd/statuses/484166411787317249">July 2, 2014</a></blockquote>
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    Can't post tweets now, but Baseball America says we signed Sierra (19) and Franklin Perez (15).
     
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    Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich): Luhnow doesn’t expect any more signings today. Some from DR, another Central America signing, could come later in week
     

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