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Random Minor League Notes: 2018 Edition
10 months ago  ::  Jul 02, 2018 - 10:44AM #291
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George Washington IF Isiah Pasteur (13th round) has signed for a $147,500 bonus, reports Jonathan Mayo. Every dollar over $125,000 given to a player drafted after the tenth round counts against the bonus pool, so Pasteur’s signing comes with a $22,500 bonus pool hit. As our Draft Pool Tracker show, the Yankees have less than $17,000 in bonus pool space remaining before hitting the next penalty tier and surrendering next year’s first round pick. That won’t happen. Here are all the team’s draft picksand here is our Day Three draft recap, which has more info on Pasteur.

10 months ago  ::  Jul 02, 2018 - 10:51AM #292
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Yanks in line to add several top int'l prospects

Welcome to July 2, the start of the international signing period, and the date unofficially known in baseball circles as "international signing day." It's the day careers are launched and the lives of teenage ballplayers across the globe are changed forever.

As is the case every year, what happens between today and when the period ends June 15, 2019, can help change the trajectory of a franchise. Consider this: Five of the top six prospects in the game -- Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr., Blue Jays outfielder Vladimir Guerrero Jr., White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez, Padres outfielder Fernando Tatis Jr. and Nationals outfielder Victor Robles -- were all signed during the international signing period. Players like Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres and Nats outfielder Juan Soto were also acquired through the international market, and more talent is on the way.

In addition to prospects from traditional baseball hot spots like the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil and the Bahamas, there are also prospects from places like Europe, the Caribbean islands and Asia who have registered and will sign during the period. In all, more than 950 prospects signed during the previous international signing period that started July 2, 2017. That number could increase during the 2018-19 period because there are thousands who have registered to become eligible.

Below is a look at which players from MLB Pipeline's Top 30 International Prospects list have agreed to terms with clubs, and for how much. Unless otherwise noted, clubs have not confirmed the deals.

The market is still to be determined for players like No. 9 Osiel Rodriguez, No. 14 Sandy Gaston and No. 29 Denny Larrondo, who have yet to agree to deals. Kevin Alcantara, who is ranked No. 10, Eduardo Garcia (No. 20) and Alexander Ramirez (No. 24) will not be eligible to sign until after July 2 when they turn 16.

Follow @JesseSanchezMLB and @MLBPipeline for all of the details.

1. Diego Cartaya, C, Venezuela - Dodgers More »
2. Marco Luciano, OF, Dominican Republic -- Giants ($2,600,000)
3. Misael Urbina, OF, Venezuela -- Twins (2,750,000)
4. Orelvis Martinez, SS, Dominican Republic -- Blue Jays ($3,500,000)
5. Richard Gallardo, RHP, Venezuela -- Cubs ($1,000,000)
6. Gabriel Rodriguez, SS, Venezuela -- Indians ($2,100,000)
7. Noelvi Marte, SS, Dominican Republic -- Mariners
8. Starlyn Castillo, RHP, Dominican Republic -- Phillies ($1,600,000)
9. Osiel Rodriguez, RHP, Cuba -- Yankees More »
10. Kevin Alcantara, SS, Dominican Republic -- Yankees More »
11. Antonio Gomez, C, Venezuela -- Yankees More »
12. Junior Sanquintin, SS, Dominican Republic -- Indians ($1,250,000)
13. Francisco Alvarez, C, Venezuela -- Mets ($2,700,000)
14. Sandy Gaston, RHP, Cuba
15. Jose De La Cruz, OF, Dominican Republic -- Tigers (1,800,000)
16. Alvin Guzman, OF, Dominican Republic -- D-backs (1,850,000)
17. Jose Lopez, OF, Dominican Republic -- Cubs ($1,500,000)
18. Eduarqui Fernandez, OF, Dominican Republic -- Brewers ($1,100,000)
19. Adiso Reyes, SS, Dominican Republic -- Tigers ($1,450,000)
20. Eduardo Garcia, SS, Venezuela -- Brewers
21. Jose Rodriguez, C, Venezuela - Rangers ($2,000,000) More »
22. Alejandro Pie, SS, Dominican Republic -- Rays ($1,400,000)
23. Eduardo Lopez, OF, Dominican Republic -- Red Sox ($1,150,000)
24. Alexander Ramirez, OF, Dominican Republic -- Angels
25. Freddy Valdez, OF, Dominican Republic -- Mets ($1,450,000)
26. Branlyn Jaraba, SS, Colombia -- Brewers ($1,100,000)
27. Luis Matos, OF, Venezuela -- Giants ($725,000)
28. Joel Machado, LHP, Venezuela -- Cubs ($850,000)
29. Denny Larrondo, RHP, Cuba -- Yankees More »
30. Jerming Rosario, RHP, Dominican Republic -- Dodgers ($600,000) More »
Complete list with scouting reports, grades, video and more »

The rules:

An international player is eligible to sign with a Major League team between July 2 through June 15 of the next year if he is 17 or will turn 17 by the end of the first season of his contract.

Clubs that receive a Competitive Balance Pick in Round B of the MLB Draft receive a pool of $6,025,400, while clubs that receive a Competitive Balance Pick in Round A of the Draft receive $5,504,500. All other clubs receive $4,983,500.

Teams are allowed to trade as much of their international pool money as they would like but can only acquire 75 percent of a team's initial pool amount. Additionally, signing bonuses of $10,000 or less do not count toward a club's bonus pool, and foreign professional players who are at least 25 years of age and have played in a foreign league for at least six seasons are also exempt.

The pools:

$6,025,400: Reds, Marlins, Brewers, Twins, Athletics, Rays
$5,504,500: D-backs, Orioles, Indians, Rockies, Royals, Pirates, Padres
$5,004,500: Cardinals
$4,983,500: Braves, Red Sox, Cubs, White Sox, Tigers, Astros, Angels, Dodgers, Yankees, Mets, Mariners, Giants, Rangers, Blue Jays, Nationals
$3,949,000: Phillies

The Teams:

The Blue Jays, Brewers, D-backs, Mariners, Phillies, Rangers, Red Sox, Tigers, Twins and Yankees are expected to be busy as the period opens. The Cubs, Dodgers, Giants and Royals -- teams that will no longer be in the penalty for exceeding their past international bonus pool spending -- are also expected to be very active.

The A's, Astros, Braves, Cardinals, Nationals, Padres, Reds and White Sox are in the maximum penalty, and cannot sign an individual player for more than $300,000 this period.

Here's a look at players outside the Top 30 who have agreed to deals for $300,000 or more:

Erys Bautista, OF, Dominican Republic -- $500,000

Malcolm Nunez, 3B, Cuba -- $300,000

Rafael Morel, SS, Dominican Republic -- $850,000
Yohendrick Pinango, OF, Venezuela -- $400,000

Alex De Jesus, INF, Dominican Republic -- $500,000

Jairo Pomarez, OF, Cuba -- $975,0000

Sterling Romero, OF, Dominican Republic -- $650,000
Angel Martinez, SS, Dominican Republic - 500,000

Yueri Amparo, OF, Dominican Republic -- $300,000
Jeremy De La Rosa, OF, Dominican Republic -- $300,000

Axcel Peralta, 1B, Dominican Republic -- $300,000
Emanuel Rodriguez, SS, Dominican Republic -- $300,000

Luis Tejada, INF, Dominican Republic -- $500,000

Luisangel Acuna, INF, Venezuela -- $425,000

White Sox
Bryan Ramos, 3B, Cuba -- $300,000
Harold Diaz, SS, Cuba --$300,000
Luis Pineda, C, Venezuela -- $300,000

10 months ago  ::  Jul 02, 2018 - 10:52AM #293
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Yankees prospects watch from A to Z | Justus Sheffield, Michael King, Anthony Seigler hot

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10 months ago  ::  Jul 03, 2018 - 10:21AM #294
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Luis Severino explains why brother Rafael, who signed with Yankees, is better at 19 years old than he was

The Yankees now have another Severino in their system.

Rafael Severino, the 19-year-old brother of Luis Severino, signed with the Yankees on Monday as International free agency began and the right-handed pitcher will join the team’s Dominican Academy.

The news was delivered to Rafael by his older brother, who sports the best ERA in the American League (1.98) after his two-hit performance against the Red Sox Sunday night.

“He was flipping out. He couldn’t believe it,” Luis said. “He was like ‘Oh my God, this is amazing. This is great.’ I said, ‘This is the bottom line. This is the first step. If you start working that’s nothing.’”

Severino said his brother is taller than him, about 6-2 or 6-3, and throws four pitches: a fastball, slider, changeup and sinker, but pegged his brother’s fastball at only around 88 to 89 miles per hour.

“He knows how to pitch,” Luis said. “Doesn’t throw that hard but he’s really skinny. When he gets stronger he can throw hard.”

When asked about his brother’s weight, Luis could not help but laugh hysterically.

“One-hundred pounds,” Luis chuckled. “He can run for one hour and doesn’t get tired. He doesn’t have a lot of strength in his arm doing weights, but when he gets stronger he’s going to throw hard.”

In fact, Luis believes Rafael is actually better than he was at 19 because his brother already has an arsenal of pitches that the Yankees ace still had to learn.

“When I was 19, I had a fastball, slider — that’s it,” Luis said. “I didn’t throw a changeup. He has all these pitches and can throw wherever he wants. It’s going to be really good.”

When Aaron Boone was told Luis believes his younger brother may be better than him, the Yankees manager slowly cracked a smile.

“Yippee. Sign me up for that,” Boone said. “I just got that news a little earlier. Looking forward to talking to Sevy about it and definitely good to have another Severino in mix.”

Rafael still has a long way to go if he wants to one day be in the same rotation as his Cy Young candidate brother, but Luis has not even thought that far ahead and is just excited for his brother.

“I didn’t even think about it. It was so quick,” Luis said. “It’s amazing. I don’t know how long it’s going to take but I thank God he signed and got the opportunity to be with somebody.”

10 months ago  ::  Jul 03, 2018 - 10:26AM #295
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IF Abi Avelino and RHP Mike King were named the Double-A Eastern League Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. Avelino went 11-for-21 (.524) with a double, two homers, four walks, and two strikeouts last week. King went struck out eleven in a three-hit shutout.

10 months ago  ::  Jul 04, 2018 - 9:16AM #296
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OF Alex Palma has been placed on the 60-day DL, the team announced. It’s being called a lower body injury. Palma had to leave the field in an ambulance last night following an outfield collision. He’ll be eligible to return the final week of the regular season, though chances are the injury ends Palma’s season. That stinks. Hope he comes back strong from whatever it is.

10 months ago  ::  Jul 04, 2018 - 4:11PM #297
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Here is our report on how Clarke Schmidt looked in his start today in the GCL

10 months ago  ::  Jul 06, 2018 - 12:52AM #298
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Nolan Martinez has been pitching well for Staten Island in his return from injury. Read our feature on him here:

10 months ago  ::  Jul 06, 2018 - 10:34AM #299
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MLB.com | Jesse Sanchez: The Yankees agreed to a $600,000 deal with catcher Antonio Gomez, who is #11 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 International Prospects list. This comes on the heels of New York signing Luis Severino’s younger bother, Rafael. The organization has inked 13 international free agents so far during the current signing period.

10 months ago  ::  Jul 06, 2018 - 10:43AM #300
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  • In case you missed it earlier, LHP Justus Sheffield will represent the Yankees at the Futures Game in two weeks. The rosters will be officially announced tomorrow and it’s possible the Yankees will send a second player. Not sure who it would be though.
  • The Yankees have signed Georgia Southern RHP Blakeley Brown (24th round) to a $132,500 signing bonus, reports Jim Callis. He counts as $7,500 against the bonus pool. The Yankees have less than $10,000 in bonus pool space remaining before having to give up next year’s first round pick. The signing deadline is tomorrow. Our Day Three draft recap has more info on Brown.
  • The Yankees have also signed Vanderbilt RHP Justin Wilson (23rd round), according to his Twitter feed. Neat. I didn’t think he’d sign. MLB.com says he received a slot $125,000 bonus. He doesn’t count against the bonus pool at all. Our Day Three draft recap has more info on Wilson.
  • Matt Eddy reports the Yankees have released OF Cody Brown, OF Jonathan Capellan, SS Jose Carrera, LHP Jeff Degano, OF Cesar Diaz, OF Edel Luaces, OF Luis Martinez, and 1B Matt Snyder. Degano came down with the yips after being the team’s second round pick in 2015. The last two years he had 34 walks, five hit batsmen, and 15 wild pitches in 6.2 innings. Poor guy.
  • Here’s some video of a recent RHP Roansy Contreras start. Contreras, my preseason No. 24 prospect, has a 1.62 ERA (3.09 FIP) with 32.8% strikeouts and 9.0% walks in 16.2 innings with Short Season Staten Island this year. He’s developing nicely.
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