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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Scouting report on Japanese star Shohei Ohtani | MLB.com

“I saw Griffey in the Minor Leagues and A-Rod as an amateur,” one international scouting director said. “The buzz about Ohtani is similar to those guys and guys like Strasburg. Compared to Griffey and A-Rod, he isn’t as polished a hitter and probably doesn’t have the same upside. But he does have the chance to be a Strasburg. What is unique is that he does both.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 11:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international players, japanese baseball, shohei ohtani

Monday, July 03, 2017

MLB—Rays, Red Sox invest in tighter international talent market

The top of this year’s class does not include a talent like that, nor anyone quite as exciting as Venezuelan infielder Kevin Maitan ,whom signed with the Braves for $4.75 million last year. The two consensus prospects in this class are Venezuelan catcher Daniel Flores, set to sign with the Red Sox, and Dominican infielder Wander Samuel Franco*, who finalized a deal with the Rays. Flores, a promising defender with prodigious arm strength and power, is expected to sign for just north of $3 million while Franco, a switch-hitting, thick-bodied shortstop with power, got just under $4 million.

Some within the industry view the dip in bonus amounts at the top of this year’s class as a reflection of this year’s talent, which is more heavily comprised by bat-first outfielders with mature physicality—like Mariners signee Julio Rodriguez—more than the typical wiry, projectable shortstops, such as Mets signee Ronny Mauricio.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2017 at 05:37 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: international players

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Eric Pardinho is Brazil’s first million-dollar arm

Meet the hot young Brazilian prospect.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2017 at 02:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international players, international signings

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Gift Ngoepe, First-Ever African-Born MLB Player, Got A Hit In His First Career At-Bat

The South Africa native has been with the Pirates organization since 2008, and he’s considered the club’s best defensive prospect. He took the field for the Pirates this evening, coming in at second base in the fourth inning and becoming the first African-born player to play in the majors. In his very first major-league at-bat, he singled up the middle on a 3-1 count.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 27, 2017 at 11:54 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: africa, international players, pirates

 

 

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