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    I’m hoping someone here can help me. I was looking over the the international signing period from 2016 to 2018 and I’ve counted the Cardinals signed 27 guys in 2016, 39 in 2017 and 22 in 2018. Are those number accurate?

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    “Ascanio hasn’t got much ink so it’s hard to think of him as up and coming prospect “ is what mud wrote. That’s to be fair about it.

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    Despite the great defense, Ascanio already has four full years in full-season A-ball because of his weak bat. He turns 23 in April and has yet to play at Palm Beach. Hard to see him having enough runway to make it.

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    This could be interesting to monitor since it sounds like this kid may be close to big league ready at this time. I’m sure he would need some time in the minors but it would probably be upper minors.

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    Another Adolis Garcia situation?

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    Much younger than Garcia

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    The answer is #4. Not bad.

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    Really interesting data from BA (subscribers). It shows MLB organizations have more scouts than ever before but the growth is almost all in one place. At the international level, in the last 20 years, they’ve gone from an average of two scouts to 17.

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    How does that 17 number compare to the number of domestic scouts that teams employ?

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    Its really not a surprise for me seeing teams with large international scouting departments considering how big the geography is in the Caribbean and Latin America. The Cardinals alone have players from Mexico, Dominican Republic, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, US Virgin Islands, and Cuba. And the market keeps expanding. Players are now being found in Bahamas, Bermuda, Brazil, Nicaragua and Curacao on top of the places I listed above.

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    stlcard25, the average amateur scout count is 24.

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    The Cards may be leaving a lot of cap allocation unused this year… Their hope with Sanchez is that he delays until July 2. I imagine a bigger offer can be made now ahead of time to help him delay.

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    The Orioles just not at all interested in the international market? Seems like $5.95M is the entire year’s worth of money.

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    Baltimore pretty much ignored the international market in recent years, but with new leadership are getting back in. This year, they acquired extra money to try to get the Mesa brothers, who signed with the Marlins instead.

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    It will be nice when the Cardinals have their full allotment of international money available. I have always thought the international market was our best chance to acquire high end young talent since we will never be a tanker and have top 10 draft picks. The Gorman pick does look shrewd though.

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    Unless the Orioles make an big offer, it seems like there is very little reason for Sanchez to sign before July 2nd. With all suitors in play, I would guess he could get a 2 to 3 million dollar bonus.

    Also, are there any other big names that are, or could become elgible? I guess we’ll find out in the coming months.

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    Not only is this bad news for baseball but we are going to keep seeing risky defections. Honestly, though, I never had faith in the Trump administration to uphold this agreement.

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