5 int'l prospects to watch from NL West

June 28th, 2018

It's Christmas in July for baseball prospects outside of the 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico -- Monday's opening of the international signing period for players not subject to the MLB Draft.

A player may sign that day through June 15 of the next year, if he is 16 or will turn 16 by the end of the first season of his contract. So teenagers are dreaming of their opportunities, not to mention money.

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Here is a look at some of the prospects in the NL West on the verge of not only completing their climb to the Majors, but becoming impact players for their clubs.


Shortstop Jasrado Chisholm (signed in 2015)

How's he doing: Chisholm was signed for $200,000 out of the Bahamas and ranks No. 3 on the D-backs' prospect list, according to MLB Pipeline. He played well in his pro debut in 2016 in the short-season Pioneer League, but appeared in just 29 games in 2017 after suffering a torn right lateral meniscus. The D-backs like Chisholm's ability at shortstop and he has flashed some of his raw power this year, hitting 11 homers through his first 239 games for Class A Kane County in the Midwest League.

ETA: 2021


Catcher Keibert Ruiz (signed in 2014)

How he is doing: Ruiz is the No. 2 Dodgers prospect, per MLB Pipeline. He signed for $140,000 out of Venezuela on his 16th birthday. He, along with Will Smith and Connor Wong, give the Dodgers three good catching prospects -- perhaps their deepest position in the system.

Ruiz is an advanced defender and improving offensively as a line-drive hitter better from the left side. He's still 19, but already at Double-A and hasn't been overmatched.

ETA: With a free agent after this season, Ruiz could be up next year.


Outfielder Sandro Fabian (signed in 2014)

How he is doing: An aggressive hitter, Fabian struck out 88 times in 480 at-bats last season -- his first full Minor League season -- and finished .277/.297/.408 at Augusta in the Class A South Atlantic League. But he shot to No. 5 on the Giants' MLB Pipeline list because of a .352/.266/.535 finish in the final six weeks.

Fabian is off to a .232./.282/.368 start at Class A Advanced San Jose with 65 strikeouts in 228 at-bats. But of his 53 hits, he has six home runs and 18 total extra-base hits, which shows that there is the ability to produce runs in his bat. He also receives scouting points for his arm and instincts in right field.

ETA: 2021


Second baseman (signed in 2013)

How he is doing: The Padres went on an unprecedented spending spree during the 2016-17 signing period, spending north of $80 million (including tax) to acquire talented youngsters like Michel Baez, Adrian Morejon and Gabriel Arias, all of whom are currently ranked among the club's top 10 prospects. It was a savvy investment, given that spending would be capped in the CBA beginning the following year.

Despite the success of that class, however, their best international free agent is the relatively unheralded Urias, 21, who was signed out of the Mexican League that December. He's developed into one of the organization's best pure hitters, and is considered the second baseman of the future -- perhaps to be paired alongside shortstop , who was a 2015 international signing for the White Sox.

ETA: Second half of this season


Outfielder (signed in 2010)

How he is doing: Daza, 24, signed out of Venezuela, hit .341 with 48 extra-base hits and 31 steals last year at Class A Lancaster to earn a 40-man Major League roster spot this year. In his first Major League Spring Training, he showed his tools, going 8-for-21 (.318) with two doubles, a triple and two steals in 16 games. However, Daza, the Rockies' No. 18 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, has played once for Double-A Hartford since early May because of a hamstring injury. But player development director Zach Wilson says he will be back in a couple weeks.

ETA: Even with the outfield depth, Daza was a candidate for his Major League debut this season. With the injury setback, next season may be more realistic.