With the 2018-19 international signing period kicking off today, there will be dozens of six- and seven-figure bonuses handed out to teenage prospects, primarily out of Latin America, filtering in throughout the day today. Many of these have been in the works for quite some time, as is reflected by the fact that most of the top players’ destinations and signing bonuses have been previously reported/projected (and by the fact that the top agreements will all be reported in one swift avalanche today).
We’ll keep track of the notable National League signings here and the notable American League signings in a separate post. Note that you can read up on each of these players with the dedicated international coverage available from Ben Badler of Baseball America (subscription required), Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com and Kiley McDaniel & Eric Longenhagen of Fangraphs, each of whom has scouting info on the top echelon of international amateurs. Badler is also tracking the all of the signings from all 30 teams.
Onto some of the more notable signings…
- Orelvis Martinez, SS, $3.5MM (Twitter link via MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez)
- Noelvi Marte, SS, $1.55MM (via Ben Badler of Baseball America, on Twitter)
- Jose Rodriguez, C, $2MM (via Sanchez)
- Luisangel Acuna, IF, $425K (via Sanchez) — Luisangel is the younger brother of Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr.
- Alejandro Pie, OF, $1.4MM (via Sanchez)
- Eduardo Lopez, OF, $1.15MM (via Sanchez)
- Misael Urbina, OF, $2.75MM (via Sanchez)
- Antonio Gomez, C, $600K (via Sanchez)
- Osiel Rodriguez, RHP, bonus unreported (via Ben Badler of Baseball America)
- Jose Lopez, OF, $1.5MM (via Sanchez)
- Richard Gallardo, RHP, $1MM (via Sanchez)
- Rafael Morel, SS, $850K (via Sanchez)
- Joel Machado, LHP, $850K (via Sanchez)
- Alvin Guzman, OF, $1.85MM (via Sanchez)
- Marco Luciano, OF, $2.6MM (via Sanchez)
- Jairo Pomeraz, OF, $975K (via Sanchez)
- Luis Matos, OF, $725K (via Sanchez)
- Starlyn Castillo, RHP, $1.6MM (via Sanchez)
- Warming Bernabel, SS, $900K (via Sanchez)
- Pedro Mota, SS, $900K (via Sanchez)
- Juan Guerrero, SS, $650K (via Sanchez)