Takeaways from international signing day

July 12th, 2018

Close to 1,200 prospects signed during the previous international signing period, and if this year's start is any indication, clubs are once again focused on the international market and there could be even more deals than last period.

More than 150 prospects have signed in the days since the signing period began Monday, and there are hundreds of prospects with agreements in the process of becoming official. The countries represented so far during the 2018-2019 period are Colombia, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela, with more expected to join the list.

:: 2018 International Signing Period ::

And while the international signing period always starts with a flurry of signings each July 2, the period continues through June 15 and clubs will continue to add talent throughout the year.

Here's what we've learned from the start of the 2018-2019 international signing period.

The Winners:

The Brewers, Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Indians, Mets, Tigers and Yankees were among the most aggressive teams on the market, with each coming to terms with at least two prospects on MLB Pipeline's Top 30 International Prospects list. The Dodgers can already claim No. 1 international prospect Diego Cartaya, a catcher from Venezuela, along with No. 30 right-handed pitcher Jerming Rosario among their international acquisitions this year, but the club is not done. The Dodgers acquired international pool money in a trade with the Reds and are looking to add more international prospects to their farm system.

Venezuela shines

More international prospects sign out of the Dominican Republic than any other country, but Venezuela's efforts should not be overlooked. Faced with the difficult circumstances that come with operating in a country during political and economic unrest, Venezuela continues to produce prospects. Last year, close to 400 prospects from Venezuela signed during the international signing period and almost 60 prospects have already signed during the current period. Venezuela is still known for producing infielders, but there has been an increase in top catchers from the country in the last two years. Cartaya (No.1), Antonio Gomez (No.11), Francisco Alvarez (No. 13) and Jose Rodriguez (No. 21) are all catchers from Venezuela. The late Daniel Flores, a top international prospect who signed with the Red Sox last summer, was also from Venezuela. Call it "The Effect."

Cuban teens thriving

Players from Cuba are still highly coveted on the international market. There are three Cuban players (No. 9 Osiel Rodriguez, No. 14 Sandy Gaston, and No. 29 Denny Larrondo) on the Top 30 International Prospects list and other Cuban prospects like outfielder Victor Victor Mesa, an outfielder who has not been declared a free agent, and shortstop Alexander Vargas, who is eligible to sign, could sign during the current period.

So far, the Cuban prospects to sign with MLB teams include, third baseman Malcom Nunez (Cardinals), outfielder Jairo Pomarez (Giants) along with infielders Bryan Ramos and Harold Diaz, both with the White Sox. There are other agreements with Cuban prospects for less than $300,000 each. The days of signing Cuban prospects for bonuses in the high seven figures are over because of the bonus pool limits in place for each team, but the market for teenage talent from the island remains an important part of player acquisition.

Mario Perez and the Mexican market

Major League Baseball and Mexican League Baseball are working on a player transfer system, and until a practice is agreed upon, all players with an affiliation to Mexican League teams, including those eligible to sign during the international signing period, cannot sign a contract with a Major League team. So far this period, Mario Perez, a right-handed pitcher who trains with the Gonzalez Sports Academy and signed with the Brewers for $337,000, is the only notable signing from the country. The Gonzalez Sports Academy is run by the family of first baseman and is not affiliated with any Mexican League team.

There were around 90 players from Mexico to sign during the entire 2017-2018 international signing period.

Bonus, baby

A large bonus awarded to an international prospect does not always equate with success on the field, but the multi-million deals signed by players like , Texas sluggers and , White Sox prospect and Toronto's Vladimir Guerrero Jr. are already paying off. That said, the search for the next Ronald Acuna Jr., a prospect that signed for only $100,000, is also a big part of an international scouting director's job.

With that in mind, more than half of the international prospects signed since the period began received bonuses of $300,000 or less. The Padres and Nationals -- who like the A's, Astros, Braves, Cardinals, Reds and White Sox, are in the maximum penalty, and cannot sign an individual player for more than $300,000 this period -- have signed 16 and six prospects for $300,000 each, respectively. The White Sox have also signed three international prospects for $300,000 each.

Below is a look at which players from MLB Pipeline's Top 30 International Prospects list have agreed to terms with clubs, and for how much. Unless otherwise noted, clubs have not confirmed the deals.

1. Diego Cartaya*, C, Venezuela -- Dodgers ($2,500,000) More »

2. Marco Luciano*, OF, Dominican Republic -- Giants ($2,600,000) More »

3. Misael Urbina*, OF, Venezuela -- Twins (2,750,000) More »

4. Orelvis Martinez*, SS, Dominican Republic -- Blue Jays ($3,500,000) More »

5. Richard Gallardo*, RHP, Venezuela -- Cubs ($1,000,000) More »

6. Gabriel Rodriguez*, SS, Venezuela -- Indians ($2,100,000) More »

7. Noelvi Marte*, SS, Dominican Republic -- Mariners ($1,550,000) More »

8. Starlyn Castillo*, RHP, Dominican Republic -- Phillies ($1,600,000) More »

9. Osiel Rodriguez, RHP, Cuba -- Yankees More »

10. Kevin Alcantara, SS, Dominican Republic -- Yankees More »

11. Antonio Gomez*, C, Venezuela -- Yankees ($600,000) More »

12. Junior Sanquintin*, SS, Dominican Republic -- Indians ($1,250,000) More »

13. Francisco Alvarez*, C, Venezuela -- Mets ($2,700,000) More »

14. Sandy Gaston, RHP, Cuba

15. Jose De La Cruz*, OF, Dominican Republic -- Tigers (1,800,000) More »

16. Alvin Guzman*, OF, Dominican Republic -- D-backs (1,850,000) More »

17. Jose Lopez*, OF, Dominican Republic -- Cubs ($1,500,000) More »

18. Eduarqui Fernandez*, OF, Dominican Republic -- Brewers ($1,100,000) More »

19. Adinso Reyes*, SS, Dominican Republic -- Tigers ($1,450,000) More »

20. Eduardo Garcia, SS, Venezuela -- Brewers More »

21. Jose Rodriguez*, C, Venezuela -- Rangers ($2,000,000) More »

22. Alejandro Pie*, SS, Dominican Republic -- Rays ($1,400,000) More »

23. Eduardo Lopez*, OF, Dominican Republic -- Red Sox ($1,150,000) More »

24. Alexander Ramirez, OF, Dominican Republic -- Angels More »

25. Freddy Valdez*, OF, Dominican Republic -- Mets ($1,450,000) More »

26. Branlyn Jaraba*, SS, Colombia -- Brewers ($1,100,000) More »

27. Luis Matos*, OF, Venezuela -- Giants ($725,000) More »

28. Joel Machado*, LHP, Venezuela -- Cubs ($850,000) More »

29. Denny Larrondo*, RHP, Cuba -- Yankees ($550,000) More »

30. Jerming Rosario*, RHP, Dominican Republic -- Dodgers ($600,000) More »

Complete list with scouting reports, grades, video and more »

*Indicates signing is official

Here's a look at players outside the Top 30 who have agreed to deals for $300,000 or more:


Darwin Moreno, OF, Venezuela -- $575,000


Yohander Martinez, SS, Venezuela -- $300,000

Miguel Palma, C, Venezuela -- $300,000

Cristian Gonzalez, SS, Dominican Republic -- $300,000


Roberto Garza, RHP, Mexico -- $300,0000


Erys Bautista, OF, Dominican Republic -- $500,000

Rafael Martinez, CF, Venezuela -- $435,000

Carlos Roa, SS, Venezuela -- $385,000

Jhonny Cabrera, C, Venezuela -- $300,000


Malcom Nunez, 3B, Cuba -- $300,000


Rafael Morel, SS, Dominican Republic -- $850,000

Yohendrick Pinango, OF, Venezuela -- $400,000


Abraham Calzadilla, RHP, Venezuela -- $500,000

Diomedes Sierra, LHP, Dominican Republic -- $420,000

Luis Rubio, SS, Venezuela -- $400,000

Cristian Estrella, OF, Dominican Republic -- $300,000


Miguel Droz, SS, Venezuela -- $600,000

Alex De Jesus, INF, Dominican Republic -- $500,000


Jairo Pomarez, OF, Cuba -- $975,0000


Sterling Romero, OF, Dominican Republic -- $650,000

Jesus Lara, SS, Venezuela -- $570,000

Angel Martinez, SS, Dominican Republic -- 500,000


Asdrubal Bueno, SS, Venezuela -- $325,000


Yoelvis Sanchez, OF, Dominican Republic - $400,000

Christhian, Rodriguez, SS, Venezuela -- $300,000


Yueri Amparo, OF, Dominican Republic -- $300,000

Isan Castillo, SS, Dominican Republic -- $300,000

Jeremy De La Rosa, OF, Dominican Republic -- $300,000

Daniel Marte, CF, Dominican Republic -- $300,000

Edwin Mercedes, C, Dominican Republic -- $300,000

Erick Tejeda, INF, Dominican Republic -- $300,000


Euribel Angeles, SS, Dominican Republic -- $300,000

Neifi Antunez,SS, Venezuela -- $300,000

Charlie Aquino, SS, Dominican Republic --$300,000

Nerwilian Cedeno, SS, Venezuela -- $300,000

Josttin Diaz, SS, Dominican Republic -- $300,000

Reginald Dowston, OF, Dominican Republic -- $300,000

Albert Fabian, OF, Dominican Republic -- $300,000

Eduardo Hidalgo, OF, Venezuela -- $300,000

Francisco Lucumi, RHP, Colombia -- $300,000

Wilmert Paula, SS, Dominican Republic -- $300,000

Axcel Peralta, 1B, Dominican Republic -- $300,000

Alex Ramirez, C, Venezuela -- $300,000

Emanuel Rodriguez, SS, Dominican Republic -- $300,000

Edwin Rojas, OF, Venezuela -- $300,000

Wilfredo Tovar, C, Venezuela -- $300,000

Jose Velez, OF, Dominican Republic -- $300,000


Alexeis Azuaje, INF, Venezuela -- $450,000

Joalbert Angulo, LHP, Venezuela -- $425,000

Andrick Nava, C, Venezuela -- $400,000

Javier Vina, C, Venezuela -- $300,000


Osvaldo Gavilan, OF, Dominican Republic -- $700,000

Luis Tejada, INF, Dominican Republic -- $500,000

Sergio Campana, OF, Dominican Republic -- $500,000

Daniel Lopez, SS, Dominican Republic -- $400,000

Juan Jerez, INF, Dominican Republic -- $380,000

Adrian Mendez, LHP, Venezuela -- $355,000

Orlando Chivilli, SS, Dominican Republic -- $350,000


Luisangel Acuna, INF, Venezuela -- $425,000

Junior Paniagua, SS, Dominican Republic -- $300,000

Jhan Zambrano, RHP, Venezuela -- $300,000


Daury del Rosario, SS, Dominican Republic -- $600,000

Daniel Gonzalez, LHP, Venezuela -- $400,000

Bryan Dum, LHP, Venezuela -- $385,000

Estanli Castillo, OF, Dominican Republic -- $325,000

Justino Dominguez, RHP, Dominican Republic -- $325,000

Red Sox

Eduardo Vaughn, CF, Panama -- $550,000

Bryan Gonzalez, OF, Dominican Republic -- $500,000

Giancarlos Santana, CF, Dominican Republic -- $460,000

Albert Feliz, 3B, Dominican Republic -- $400,000

Gabriel Jackson, RHP, Dominican Republic -- $350,000

Naysbel, Marcano, C, Venezuela -- $350,000


Ronald Pereira, RHP, Venezuela -- $1,000,000

Warming Bernabel, SS, Dominican Republic -- $900,000

Pedro Mota, SS, Dominican Republic -- $900,000

Juan Guerrero, SS, Dominican Republic --$650,000

Michael James, SS, Dominican Republic -- $350,000

Mishael Deson, OF, Dominican Republic -- $350,000

Aiverson Rodriguez, SS, Venezuela -- $305,000


Wilmin Candelario, SS, Dominican Republic - $847,500

Omar Florentino, SS, Dominican Republic -- $722,500

Jaswel De Los Santos, OF, Dominican Republic --$347,500

Christian Paulino, LHP, Dominican Republic -- $347,500

Kaito Yuki, RHP, Japan -- $322,500


Angel Cruz, OF, Dominican Republic -- $400,000

Geury Estevez, SS, Dominican Republic -- $300,000

White Sox

Bryan Ramos, 3B, Cuba -- $300,000

Harold Diaz, SS, Cuba -- $300,000

Luis Pineda, C, Venezuela -- $300,000


Agustin Ramirez, C, Dominican Republic -- $400,000

Maikol Escotto, SS, Dominican Republic -- $350,000

Dayro Perez, SS, Dominican Republic -- $350,000

Juan Carela, LHP, Dominican Republic -- $335,500

Mauro Bonifacio, RF, Dominican Republic -- $300,000

D'Vaughn Knowles, OF, Bahamas -- $300,000