USA Today article on the Latin America. Mentions the two Padres targets that were cut loose.
Even more disgusting than earlier articles had led us to believe and so much of the problem seems to stem from the Commissioner's office. I can well believe enforcement of the rules is selective. Baseball's commissioners have seemed to favor certain teams. Makes an international draft seem even more desirable. Baseball imperialism. The Phillies seem to be following the rules/guidance.
BA Top 50 is up if anyone wants to list the Phillies prospects (hopefully more than the 2 we learned about). I assume they had this scheduled anyway before the period was pushed back.
In one final note they did have an article on interesting smaller country prospects and they listed two Phillies. Josh Gessner from Australia who got $850K at the end of the 2018 period. They also listed Italian signee Samuel Aldegheri as getting a $210,000 bonus last period. Not a hard thrower (up to 91), but a "strike thrower" with a good feel for his breaking ball. Just interesting that he got that mid-level bonus and was apparently at instructional league last fall.
Of the 50, it's just Flores as OF at #13 and Perez at #29.
BA Phillies International Preview is up:
5 Guys listed:
Marcus Soto, SS, VenezuelaLeonardo Rondon, SS, VenezuelaYamil Rosario, SS, D.R.
All position players balances the draft class a bit, though they are of course on very different timelines.
True, but recent history says our LA staff would have done a better job at identifying pitchers. I may be blanking on someone, but believe Ruiz was our last plus player out of international program and none of the LA position guys currently in the minors looks plus.
Happy July 2nd of No Significance Day to Everyone