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2011 Red Sox international scouting and signing

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  • #31
    Baseball America is reporting that the Yankees have signed Cuban defector Yadil Mujica. Mujica a 25 yrs short stop was a All Star in Cuba and the switch hitter was in the mix to made the Cuban team the last two years before they found out of his intensions of leaving the Communist Island.

    PS Cuban defector Kenen Reyna finished second in the DPL All Star Home Run Derby, but the Cuban outfielder is 26 yrs.
    Last edited by scaffolds; 02-24-2011, 12:33 PM.


    • #32
      [QUOTE=scaffolds;1845556]A few more names to keep an eye for the start of International signing period on July second 2011:

      Yairo Munoz SS
      Dawel Lugo SS
      Adelin Santa 3B
      Angel Yenter 3B
      Ronald Soto 3B
      Franmil Reyes OF
      Vladimir Almanzar OF
      Jose Rodriguez OF
      Alvaro Noriega C
      Dionis Rodriguez C[

      A couple more names of top prospects for the July second start of the internationalearly phase signing.

      3B Angel Yender
      OF Carlos Valdez


      • #33
        Need to bring my board up to date, Dominican SS Antonio Gonzalez and Venezuelan LHP Angel Mejia signed with the Cubs.


        • #34
          Originally posted by scaffolds View Post
          Need to bring my board up to date, Dominican SS Antonio Gonzalez and Venezuelan LHP Angel Mejia signed with the Cubs.
          Arizona signed Venezuelan SS Ronnie Mejias.


          • #35
            There is talk that the Red Sox have signed 16 yrs Venezuelan catcher Alison Suarez. Suarez is 6-1 180 and a right handed hitter.
            Last edited by scaffolds; 03-06-2011, 04:44 PM.


            • #36
              The Red Sox have signed RHP Jose Espitia and SS Cleriluis Rondon both Venezuelans. Espitia is 17 yrs and 6-2 180, while Rondon will be 17 yrs in 6 weeks is 6-0 155 a right handed hitter.


              • #37
                The Red Sox have signed Dominican RHP Oscar Melendez. Melendez is 17 yrs 6-1 150.


                • #38
                  To answer a question that i was ask by email about my opinion on the last four internaltional players signed by the Sox, Alison Suarez, Jose Espitia, Cleriluis Rondon and Oscar Melendez. none of these players are top prospects, however all of them became available to sign profesionally just this past July second, it isn't like players that has been pass on by teams and them signed as they get older as some of the signing that has been taking place lately by some teams. Suarez is perhaps the top signing out of this group, he hasn't been catching for too long, a former infielder who also has some pitching and is considered a better prospect than fellow catcher and Venezuelan David Sopika (who also signed as a 16 yrs) late last Spring. Rondon at this time isn't as a good product as fellow shortstop and Venezuelan Dernier Lopez who signed earlier in 2010, the same with Espitia and Melendez they aren't as well regarded as fellow RHP Edwin Osorio (Colombian) and Edwar Garcia (Dominican) who both signed earlier in 2010.
                  Last edited by scaffolds; 03-08-2011, 01:35 PM.


                  • #39
                    The DPL is reporting more signings: Toronto signed OF Francisco Tejada for $150,000. Tejada who is 17 yrs is 6-4 185 R/R. The Brewers signed 3B Estervin Matos for a $100,000 bonus, Matos is 17 yrs. The National signed 1B Deury Vasquez fora $30,000 bonus, Vasquez is 18 yrs. The Mets signed RHP Miguel Anguel Bautista for $10,000. signing bonus and is 18 yrs and Arizona signed 19 yrs second baseman Jesse Liriano for $10, 000 signing bonus.


                    • #40
                      The Twins signed Venezuelan RHP Yorman Landa. A Athletic pitcher throw a fastball in the 87-92 range.


                      • #41
                        MLB had a week camp/clinic in Brazil for the countrys top 48 baseball players at the end of February. The Braves has a baseball academy in Brazil believed to be the only by a MLB team, the Braves all has a baseball academy in Spain.


                        • #42
                          Dominican RHP Dioscar Romero is another top prospect for the July second international signing date. Romero is a 16 yrs who is 6-2 195.


                          • #43
                            Baseball America is reporting that the Red Sox spend $1.640 million in signing bonus in 2010 to sign International players, this amount doesn't included what the red Sox spend to sign Cuban players (Linares, Padron and Ibarra) I believe that the Red Sox will sign 3 to 5 players (probably all pitchers) to complete the 2011 Red Sox DSL roster, asit stands now it looks like this.


                            1- William Cuevas RHP
                            2- Iago Januario RHP
                            3- Ricardo Betancourt LHP
                            4- Edwin Osorio RHP
                            5- Edwar Garcia RHP
                            R- Elis Jimenez RHP
                            R- Jose Espitia RHP
                            R- Francelis Monta RHP
                            R- Pedro Reyes LHP
                            R- Carlos Pinales RHP
                            R- William Abreu RHP
                            R- Oscar Melendez RHP
                            R- Sully Bonnelly* RHP


                            1- Jair Bogaerts
                            2- Alixon Suarez
                            3- David Sopilka


                            1B- Juan Ugas
                            2B- Aneury Taveras
                            SS- Denier Lopez
                            3B- Aneudis Peralta
                            2B- Derward Ruiz
                            SS-Cleriluis Rondon
                            3B- Roberto Duncan
                            UT- Ali Gonzalez


                            LF- Dreily Guerrero
                            CF- Roberto Del Rosario
                            RF- Curtley Doran
                            LF- Alfredo Soto
                            CF- Anthony Amaya
                            RF- Ynoel; Aguero

                            1-5 are the projected starters, * projected closer.
                            Last edited by scaffolds; 03-10-2011, 11:25 AM.


                            • #44
                              BA is reporting that the yankees have signed Dominican RHP Juan Carlos Paniagua. Paniagua 6-1 170 is 20yrs signed for a 1.1Million dollars, was suspended by MLB for a year because age and indentity fraud last year, but throw a fastball in the 93-95 range touching 98, his breaking pitches are a work in progress.
                              Last edited by scaffolds; 03-11-2011, 05:39 AM.


                              • #45
                                More Cuban defectors signings, Tampa signed LHP Sergio Espinoza for a $100,000 bonus. a reliever in Cuba, throw a fastball around 90, but his best pitch is a sharp slider. the Giants signed RHP Reiner Roibal for a $ 400,0000 bonus. Roibal 21 yrs 6-1 215 throws a fastball in the Mid 90's and a slider, while he hasn't pitch on a regular basis since he left Cuba is considered a very good prospect. The Cubs signed RHP Juan Serrano for a $ 250,000 bonus. Serrano 5-10 220 has a fastball in the high 80's that tops out at 91 but with a very good movement.