International Signings: How many of the top signings make it?
by, 07-03-2014 at 02:29 PM (654 Views)
The Yankees have poured millions into international signings this summer. In doing so they will give up the right to sign players to more than $300,000 over the next two years and pay a large tax. Is it worth it? How easy is it to determine the best players to sign at age 16?
In order to help answer that question I went to look at the top signings of the 2007 and 2006 seasons. Players signed in those seasons have now had 7 or 8 years to develop. They needed to be put on 40 man rosters or exposed to the rule 5 draft by 2011. They have used some of their options.
This is a list from Baseball America of the top 20 signings in 2007.
PLAYER, POS. ORGANIZATION AGE COUNTRY SIGNING BONUS Michael Almanzar, 3b Red Sox 16 DR $1.5 million Kelvin De Leon, of Yankees 16 DR $1.1 million Jharmidy DeJesus, ss Mariners 16 DR $1 million Julio Teheran, rhp Braves 16 Colombia $850,000 Gabriel Noriega, ss Mariners 16 Venezuela $800,000 Arodys Vizcaino, rhp Yankees 16 DR $800,000 Elio De La Rosa, 3b Yankees 16 DR $750,000 Jonathan Spraut (Galvez), ss Padres 16 DR $750,000 Wilmer Flores, ss Mets 16 Venezuela $700,000 Henry Pena, of Yankees 16 DR $600,000 Martin Perez. lhp Rangers 16 Venezuela $580,000 Wilson Suero, ss Rangers 16 DR $558,000 Jefry Marte, 3b Mets 16 DR $550,000 Eduardo Sosa, of Yankees 16 Venezuela $500,000 Ryde Rodriguez, of Cardinals 19 Cuba $460,000 Hitaniel Arias, of Brewers 16 DR $450,000 Efrain Nunez, of Mariners 16 DR $450,000 Cesar Puello, of Mets 16 DR $400,000 Angel Joseph, of Giants 16 DR $350,000 Kevin Moscatel, c Cardinals 16 Venezuela $350,000
- It would be great to have Julio Teheran.
- Martin Perez has started 34 games in the majors and has a pitch to contact profile. He is out with Tommy John surgey.
- Arodys Vizcaino has been traded twice and missed two seasons due to serious injury. He is now a reliever in the Cubs system.
- The Mets put Wilmer Flores and Cesar Puello on the 40 man roster in 2011. Flores may make it as a SS, but he may never hit. Puello is struggling mightily to hit as a corner OF in the PCL.
Those are the success stories. They are the players that made it to the 40 man roster. Some of the rest are still playing ball, but they have become available in the rule 5 draft. There were two players that I was not able to find any record of playing any baseball. One is Wilson Suero who probably really wasn’t Wilson Suero. The other player was Angel Joseph. Go to baseball reference and do a search for Angel Joseph. You won’t find him either. They do lead you to another player.
You probably noticed that there were no Twins on the list. Jeremy and Seth can correct me but I believe that Oswaldo Arcia and Danny Santana and were international signings in 2007.
How about 2006? These players are at least 24 now.
A few of these guys have played in the majors.
Player, Pos. Organization Country Bonus Angel Villalona, 3b Giants DR $2.1 million Jesus Montero, c Yankees Venezuela $1.65 million Esmailyn Gonzalez, ss Nationals DR $1.4 million Carlos Truinfel, ss Mariners DR $1.3 million Young Il-Jung, rhp Angels South Korea $1 million Larry Suarez, rhp Cubs Venezuela $850,000 Francisco Pena, c Mets DR $750,000 Balbino Fuenmayor, 3b Blue Jays Venezuela $725,000 Mario Martinez, of Mariners Venezuela $600,000 Engel Beltre, of Red Sox DR $600,000 Oscar Tejada, ss Red Sox DR $525,000 Manuel Solis, 3b Rangers DR $525,000
- Jesus Montero is looking for a position and trying to figure out how to hit major league pitching well enough to be a DH.
- Carlos Triunfel has played in the majors. He was DFA’d when he ran out of options this years and is now in the Dodger organization
- Francisco Pena has played a game in the majors. The Royals acquired him as a minor league free agent.
- Engel Beltre is on the 40 man roster with the Rangers and played a few games last year. He is currently on 60 day DL.
A few other notes…
- Angel Villalona was arrested on suspicion of murder and lost two years due to visa restrictions. He is on the 40 for the Giants and playing AA.
- Esmailyn Gonzalez is really Carlos Alvarez and made it to rookie ball as a 27 year old in 2013.
How about the Twins? Josmil Pinto and Liam Hendriks were 2006 signings. Any others make it?
Two years of top signings and so far only Julio Teheran stands out. Were the Yankees correct in their strategy? Volume gives them a chance. It is hard to tell which 16 year is going to be Julio Teheran so they threw their money at a lot of 16 year olds. Will they be lucky enough that some of their money landed on a Teheran?