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NationalsPR Nationals agree to terms with 16 International Free Agents, highlighted by C Raudy Read and OF Randy Novas.
NationalsPR Read is a 17-year-old right-handed batter out of the Dominican Republic. He has demonstrated a powerful bat with superior plate discipline.
NationalsPR Novas, a 17-year-old from Dom. Rep., possesses advanced tools. The right-handed batter has consistently demonstrated power to all fields.
See what NFA said about the bonuses. A $2 mil guy could washout, give me 20 $100k guys instead.
I'm pretty sure this is all the guys from the old Kilgore article. Retread. Old news.In other words I think these guys were all signed July 2, 2010.
They didn't say they all got 100K bonuses... I'd imagine most are of the 10K variety.
Also, some of the signings are from Venezuela, this is good news.
It means they are branching out from just the DR.
Sigh. And they're just now getting around to officially announcing it.
Left-handed pitchers Joel Barrientos (17, Dominican Republic), Brian Escolastico (18, Dominican Republic) and Hector Silvestre (18, Dominican Republic); right-handed pitchers Anderson Martinez (18, Venezuela), Gilberto Mendez (18, Dominican Republic) and Felix Moscat (20, Dominican Republic); catchers Pedro Severino (17, Dominican Republic) and Jorge Tillero (17, Venezuela); first baseman Arialdi Peguero (18, Dominican Republic); shortstop Yewri Guillen (18, Dominican Republic); third baseman Diomedes Eusebio (18, Dominican Republic); and outfielders Juan De Los Santos (17, Venezuela), Wilman Rodriguez (19, Dominican Republic) and Dioncio Rosario (17, Dominican Republic).
Top 15 All-Time International Bonuseshttp://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/international-affairs/2010/2610383.html
It is hard to take much from that list, as only 5 players on it signed before 2008 (all of which were busts), but it certainly does not add much weight to the argument for having a single player make up most of your IFA budget.
Sure, but don't automatically knock quantity signings
Any of the guys 19 or older are suspect as prospects. Sure, they could develop but why did it take 3+ years for them to be found?
Daniel Cabrera clones? Long shot, low cost guys to fill out the roster in the DSL? I'm guessing.
Only 5 of the 15 guys are under 18 years old. Not sure if that is a good sign.
This time of year is not the when the "big" international signings take place. Let's wait to see what happens this summer. Not looking for the $2M guy ... hoping to see 10-20 $100-200K ones
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