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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Signing Predictions For The Top 30 International Prospects

Today is International Signing Day, so consider this a thread for signings.

1. Adrian Rondon, ss, Dominican Republic

The combination of premium position, one of the most advanced game hitters on the market and projectable power from an athletic frame makes Rondon the No. 1 prospect for July 2. Or in Rondon’s case, July 7, which is his 16th birthday and the first date when he’s eligible to sign. With a price tag that figures to be in the neighborhood of $3 million, that means only a team with one of the biggest bonus pools or one that plans to ignore them completely is going to be able to get him. The Rays have scouted Rondon heavily and look prepared to shatter their international bonus pool and pay the maximum penalty to get him signed.

The Rays have indeed inked Rondon for $3.4 million.

John Sickels has a good thread with a summary of signings and bonus pools.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 02, 2014 at 12:24 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: July 02, 2014 at 04:11 PM (#4742121)
Red Sox have signed pitchers Espinoza and Acosta as predicted. Early returns on last year's top signee Rafael Devers have been very good. He has been raking in the DSL.
   2. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: July 02, 2014 at 11:24 PM (#4742420)
Crickets?

It appears that early reports that the Yankees were going to spend a whole lot of money ... are correct.

From the latest update over at River Ave Blues:

Total Known Bonuses: $11.71M. Total Penalties: ~$9.51M. Total spent: ~$18.52M.

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