The Brewers were very active during the previous international signing period, inking several prospects from across the globe.That trend continued during the current period, which began on Sunday.According to industry sources, the Brewers agreed to a $1.8 million deal with outfielder Larry Ernesto of the Dominican Republic and a pact
The Brewers were very active during the previous international signing period, inking several prospects from across the globe.
That trend continued during the current period, which began on Sunday.
According to industry sources, the Brewers agreed to a $1.8 million deal with outfielder Larry Ernesto of the Dominican Republic and a pact with Venezuela outfielder Carlos Rodriguez for $1.355 million. Ernesto is ranked No. 14 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 30 International Prospect list, while Rodriguez is ranked No. 28.
The club did not confirm the deals.
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Ernesto is a toolsy player with an athletic, projectable body. On defense, he has the speed and instincts to play center field and has the potential to become a plus-plus defender. He's expected to develop more arm strength once his body matures and he receives daily instruction in the team's academy.
On offense, the switch-hitting Ernesto has a good approach at the plate and can drive the ball into the gaps. He has a chance to hit for average and power from both sides of the plate.
As for Rodriguez, he has a chance to be a plus hitter, a plus runner and a plus center fielder. He has been compared to a young Ender Inciarte and a teenaged Gerardo Parra with better tools at the same age. At the plate, the teen has displayed a nice and easy swing with good bat speed -- with the ability to drive the ball to all fields. He is expected to hit for average and has some power potential.
According to the new rules established by the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, every team gets at least $4.75 million to spend on international prospects. Any team receiving a Competitive Balance Round A pick in the Draft gets $5.25 million in international bonus pool money. Additionally, teams receiving a Competitive Balance Round B pick get $5.75 million to spend.
A club can trade as much of its international pool money as it would like, but there is a limit -- 75 percent of a team's initial pool -- to how much one team can acquire.
Milwaukee's pool total for this year's signing period is $5.25 million. The Brewers signed more than a dozen players from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Panama and Cuba during the 2016-17 international signing period that ended June 15, 2017.
Here's a list of players the Brewers have agreed to terms with for the 2017-18 international signing period so far:
Larry Ernesto, OF, Dominican Republic, $1,700,000 -- No. 14 on MLB Pipeline's Top 30 list
Carlos Rodriguez, OF, Venezuela, $1,355,000 -- No. 28 on MLB Pipeline's Top 30 list
Jeicor Cristian, OF, Dominican Republic, $340,000
Andres Melendez, C, Venezuela, $325,000
Francis Casado, OF, Dominican Republic, $300,000
Daniel Castillo, SS, Venezuela, $140,000
Alwinson Valdez, OF, Dominican Republic, $80,000
Alberis Perez, SS, Dominican Republic, $60,000
Juan Frias, OF, Dominican Republic, $50,000
Jose Arteaga, SS, Venezuela, $20,000
Leoner Colina, RHP, Venezuela, $15,000
Cristiam Sierra, RHP, Dominican Republic, $10,000
Davison Gonzalez, LHS, Venezuela, $10,000
Luis Valderrama, C, Venezuela, $10,000
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