Last week MLB teams were allowed to sign international prospects. The biggest splash so far was made by the Houston Astros who signed 22 year old Cuban outfielder Pedro Leon for $4,000,000. The New York Mets (Jared Porter?) and San Francisco Giants have been amongst the most active teams on the international signings market thus far.
The Diamondbacks are not expected to add any big talents and so far have signed some kids for unknown signing bonuses. If you know something about them, share it in the comments:
- Manuel Pena, SS, Dominican Republic
- Jefferson Pena, SS, Venezuela
- Kenny Castillo, C, Venezuela
- Ezequiel Surun, SS, Dominican Republic
- Carlos Sanchez, OF, Venezuela
- Alexander Benua, SS, Dominican Republic
- Kevin Santos, OF, Dominican Republic
- Eskoly de Jesus, OF, Dominican Republic
- Anderson Rojas, SS, Dominican Republic
- Nixon Parra, RHP, Venezuela
- Lisandro Almonte, RHP, Dominican Republic
- Jakey Josepha, SS, Curacao
Two hundred of baseball’s top prospects, representing all 30 teams, participated in the 30th edition of the Rookie Program, which teaches up-and-coming players some off-the-field skills they’ll need to succeed once they reach the big leagues.
Diamondbacks sent Corbin Martin, J.B. Bukauskas, Stuart Fairchild, Wyatt Mathisen, Matt Peacock, and Pavin Smith.
In the link listen to Martin’s take.
Nick Piecoro writes that: “with Porter having departed last month to become the GM of the New York Mets, [analytics director] Fitzgerald will take on an even more significant role in baseball operations — and he is fully prepared for it, Hazen said.”
That’s the takeaway from analytics site Prep Baseball Report, which ranks the D-backs seventh in the 30-team league in Wins Above Replacement for draft picks between 2015-18, at 9.7. More than 75% of those was put up by ... Dansby Swanson ... for the Braves.
Around The MLB
“People can disagree with me all they want but I felt that like the Cubs should have been making these types of moves for years. Sign a reclamation project to pitch as their fifth starter and a high upside guy like Miller is perfect.” - as quoted from a commenter.
Stupidity has no limits.
[CBS Sports] How MiLB players navigated year without games and with added financial insecurity; and what to expect in 2021
When asked what the communication was like between ownership and minor-league players throughout the process [the uncertainty in May if MiLB players would get paid and how much], one MLB executive said: “To be honest with you, owners live on a different planet. They’re just not relatable. These guys just don’t live in our universe. I think our owner is a pretty down-to-earth guy. But one thing I’ve learned is billionaires are gonna do whatever they want, and if we canceled the [MLB] season, I don’t think the owners would have cared.”
[CBS Sports] Mickey Mantle baseball card sells for $5.2M, breaking all-time record for trading cards
Rob Gough, who bought the card, apparently made his money buying streetwear brand DOPE in 2017 before selling it in 2020 while retaining the logo trademark with plans to form it into a CBD company (whatever that might be, I didn’t bother to find out).
Across The Wall
Águilas won two consecutive matches and will try tonight to be the second team in the history of LIDOM that wins it all after being down 1-3 in a best-of-four, at the expense of Luis Urueta’s Gigantes.