Notable International Signings: 1/15/2023 – MLB Trade Rumors

Major League Baseball’s worldwide signing interval for 2023 has formally opened up right this moment, with most of the large names signing nearly instantly. Teams have lengthy since agreed to verbal agreements with newly eligible teenage gamers, and right this moment’s signings largely signify affirmation of what was anticipated. Still, it is a day of no small second, significantly for the younger males embarking upon the beginning of their skilled careers.

As beforehand talked about, many of the agreements have been identified for some time, with Baseball America’s Ben Badler and’s Jesse Sanchez having listed every participant’s anticipated touchdown spot. You can discover every staff’s complete bonus pool and different data on the method proper right here. Here are a couple of key offers:

  • Ethan Salas, C, VenezuelaPadres ($5.6MM): Ranked as the highest prospect by each Baseball America and MLB Pipeline, the 16-yr-outdated is taken into account by MLB Pipeline as “among the finest catching prospects in latest historical past” and is praised for his strike zone management, energy, and protection. Scouts have particularly highlighted his swing and tender fingers. Born in June 2006, the backstop is the youngest participant in MLB Pipeline’s Top 10 International Prospect Rankings. The younger swap-hitter is not any stranger to excessive-degree baseball, together with his grandfather, father, and uncle all taking part in professionally, and his older brother Jose Salas signed by the Marlins in 2019. Salas’ $5.6MM deal will comprise nearly the entire Padres’ base signing pool of $5,825,000.
  • In Felnin Celeste, SS, Dominican RepublicMariners ($4.7MM): MLB Pipeline’s second-finest prospect and Baseball America’s third-finest, Celesten has been heralded as having “the best ceiling of any worldwide shortstop prospect in a decade” by MLB Pipeline. Scouts have famous the swap-hitter’s plus pace, arm, and uncooked energy. However, Baseball America experiences that Celesten has “an aggressive method” and “would possibly have to turn out to be a extra selective hitter.
  • Brando Mayea, OF, Cuba Yankees ($4.4MM): Baseball America’s second-finest prospect and MLB Pipeline’s ninth-finest, Mayea has drawn reward for his bat pace, energy, and method to the plate, with one scout going so far as to explain the 17-yr-outdated as a “mini Gary Sheffield.” Scouts have praised the righty’s robust arm, with some anticipating an eventual transfer to a nook outfield place.
  • Alfredo Duno, C, VenezuelaReds (Unknown): MLB Pipeline’s fourth-finest prospect and Baseball America’s seventh-finest, Duno is a 17-yr-outdated catcher that boasts three above-common instruments — his fielding, arm, and energy. Scouts have praised hisan elite pace” and defensive capacity. MLB Pipeline and Baseball America each predict that Duno will stay behind the plate, however each additionally cite his swing-and-miss tendencies because of his aggressive method.
  • Emmanuel Bonilla, OF, Dominican RepublicBlue Jays ($4.1MM): Baseball America’s fourth-finest prospect and MLB Pipeline’s seventh-finest, Bonilla profiles as a slugging outfielder that has an opportunity to stay in centerfield however will possible transfer to a nook place because the 16-yr-outdated matures. Scouts have praised the righty’s bat pace and swing, with Baseball America reporting that some scouts imagine Bonilla has “among the finest mixtures of hitting capacity and energy within the class.”
  • Luis Morales, RHP, CubaAthletics (Unknown): MLB Pipeline’s fifth-finest prospect and Baseball America’s ninth-finest, Morales is a tough-throwing righty with a fastball that sits between 94-97 MPH with a slider, changeup, and curveball as secondary pitches. Born in Cuba, Morales was thought of one of the best U-18 pitcher on the island, setting a document for strikeouts (161) in 82 2/3 innings between 2019 and 2020. He defected in 2021 whereas taking part in for Cuba’s U-23 staff in Mexico . Morales, 20, is without doubt one of the oldest excessive-profile worldwide prospects and thus could also be doubtlessly quick-tracked by way of the A’s system.
  • Sebastian WalcottSS, BahamasRangers (Unknown): Baseball America’s sixth-finest prospect and MLB Pipeline’s eighth-finest, Walcott is a 6’3, 170 lbs (6’4, 190 lbs, per Baseball America) 16-yr-outdated that has impressed scouts with excessive uncooked energy and a few pace. Despite being 6’3, Walcott has drawn reward for his contact abilities, hand-eye coordination, and his fluid swing. Baseball America initiatives that as Walcott matures, he’ll outgrow the shortstop place and transition to 3rd base.

Several different properly-regarded prospects additionally secured bonuses of $2M or extra, with the specifics offered by Sanchez:

  • Brailer Guerrero, OF, Dominican Republic, Rays ($3.7MM) [MLB Pipeline #12, BA #5]
  • Jesus Caba, SS, Dominican Republic, Phillies ($3MM) [MLB Pipeline #11, BA #8]
  • Ariel Castro, OF, Cuba, Twins ($2.5MM) [MLB Pipeline #11, BA#13]
  • Rayner Arias, OF, Dominican Republic, Giants ($2.8MM) [MLB Pipeline #15, BA #8]
  • Camilo Diaz, OF, Dominican Republic, Astros ($2.25MM) [MLB Pipeline #17, BA #19]
  • Luis Almeyda, SS, Dominican Republic, Orioles ($2.3MM) [MLB Pipeline #20, BA #17]
  • Roberto Calaz, OF, Dominican Republic, Rockies ($2.5MM) [MLB Pipeline #24, BA #14]

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