February 4, 2019 at 4:01 pm #81219
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?February 4, 2019 at 4:42 pm #81220UncleDennyParticipantPaid - Annual
“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.February 4, 2019 at 5:25 pm #81221
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.February 6, 2019 at 8:51 am #81341
Cuban infielder Yolbert Sanchez is scheduled to work out for the @Cardinals today. The Cardinals can’t spend more than $300K on a player during the current int’l period but could be a player if Sanchez decides to wait until July 2 to sign. https://t.co/nyIgKPMWPE pic.twitter.com/oy9DOzefOI
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) February 6, 2019February 6, 2019 at 8:58 am #81343gscottarParticipantPaid - Annual
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.February 6, 2019 at 9:56 am #81360
Another Adolis Garcia situation?February 6, 2019 at 10:15 am #81366CariocaCardinalParticipantPaid - Monthly
Much younger than GarciaFebruary 6, 2019 at 4:16 pm #81393
The answer is #4. Not bad.
With Yolbert Sanchez now eligible to sign with an #MLB club, here's where the 21-year-old Cuban SS lands on our list of the Top 30 international prospects for the 2018-19 signing period: https://t.co/kSMdylzsGi pic.twitter.com/jacA99po8V
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) February 6, 2019February 7, 2019 at 9:12 am #81464
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.
To get a better sense of trends in scouting staffs, I looked at the 1989, 1999, 2009, 2018 and 2019 staffing levels around MLB for scouting departments. What really jumps out is how much international scouting departments have grown.https://t.co/9dpK43r2o3
— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) February 7, 2019February 7, 2019 at 9:52 am #81470
How does that 17 number compare to the number of domestic scouts that teams employ?February 7, 2019 at 10:02 am #81471
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.February 7, 2019 at 10:40 am #81478
stlcard25, the average amateur scout count is 24.February 8, 2019 at 5:32 pm #81561
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.
With Cuban SS Yolbert Sanchez now eligible to sign, here's an updated look at the teams with the most int’l pool $:#Orioles 5.95M#STLCards 1.59M*#Athletics 1.14M*#Astros 973K*#Dodgers 918K#Rangers 823K#Phillies 744K#Rays 731K#Braves 723K*
* Can't sign player for >$300K
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) February 8, 2019February 8, 2019 at 6:52 pm #81562
The Orioles just not at all interested in the international market? Seems like $5.95M is the entire year’s worth of money.February 8, 2019 at 9:57 pm #81570
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.February 9, 2019 at 12:20 pm #81589gscottarParticipantPaid - Annual
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.February 9, 2019 at 2:56 pm #81597
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.April 8, 2019 at 3:19 pm #86480
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.
The Trump Administration on Friday rejected Major League Baseball's deal with the Cuban government that would've allowed players to sign with teams without defecting, sources tell ESPN. A disappointing decision for MLB that reversed Obama-era rules intended to ease relations.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 8, 2019May 9, 2019 at 10:11 pm #90324
MLB has started to get buy-in on an international draft from an unlikely source: some of the buscónes who train Latin American players. Why? They're tired of seeing 13-year-old children agreeing to deals with major league teams. News at ESPN: https://t.co/luTZweD9X5 pic.twitter.com/uB19kBATSJ
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 10, 2019June 7, 2019 at 1:51 pm #93704
Has the spending caps been announced for the 2019-2020 signing period? The Cardinals might be buyers of cap space instead of sellers.June 7, 2019 at 4:59 pm #93735
Baseball America has the Cardinals bonus pool at $6,481,200, which is tied for the highest with D-backs, Orioles, Indians, Rockies, Royals, Pirates, and Padres.June 10, 2019 at 2:43 pm #94039
Baseball America has a 2019 top 30 international prospect list. It appears many already have relationships with MLB clubs, and are just waiting for July 2nd. Also interesting is that 8 of the top 30 are listed as shortstops.June 18, 2019 at 5:42 pm #94904
I wonder if it too soon to figure how our international spending spree did. Hopefully this is the year a few more show improvement. So far, it appears we have done little more than fill our minor league rosters.
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