Well that seems to answer my question of how come I never hear anything from Venezuela anymore. I stand corrected on the level of activity. I do however think we are missing a gold mine with latin players.... Open a new academy in the Dominican, Panama or Columbia.
The Twins had a Venezuelan academy and a team in the Venezuelan Summer League up until about 4-5 years ago when the civil unrest made it far too dangerous. The VSL is down to 4-5 teams now for that very reason. It's far too dangerous to send players to Venezuela. The Pirates, Mariners, Rays, Reds, Phillies and Tigers had teams there in 2011, and I know that recently one more got out of there.
They've done alright in Venezuela. They signed Ramos. They signed Arcia. There are quite a few players that the Twins have still managed to sign from VZ. The Twins have been very active in the Dominican since giving Sano $3.15M in 2009. They have signed Jorge Polanco, Javier Pimentel, and 3-4 of the top pitching prospects from Central America the last several years. They signed the top player from Panama last year.