Let’s take a look at the Top 25 International Prospects in baseball and where they have signed.
Top 25 International Prospects
1 Yoelqui Cespedes
OF Yara, Cuba 23 5′ 9″ / 205 lbs R R
- signed by the White Sox as # in 2021. He signed for approx. $2m bonus as a five tool player. He is half brother to Yoenis Cespedes.
2 Oscar Colas
LHP/OF Santiago de Cuba, Cuba 22 6′ 1″ / 209 lbs L L
- is a Cuban professional baseball pitcher and outfielder who is currently a free agent. White Sox are considered the front runner for him.
3 Wilman Diaz
SS Maracay, Venezuela 17 6′ 2″ / 182 lbs R R
- Shortstop of high potential in the 2020-21 international signing and inked by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Only 17 years of age.
4 Carlos Colmenarez
SS San Felipe, Venezuela 17 5′ 10″ / 170 lbs L R
- signed by the Tampa Bay Rays. He has high potential at the plate.
5 Armando Cruz
SS Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 17 5′ 10″ / 160 lbs R R
- The Nationals signed 16-year-old shortstop Armando Cruz out of the Dominican Republic with a $3.9 million bonus Friday to highlight their 2021 international prospect class,
6 Cristian Hernandez
SS Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 17 6′ 2″ / 175 lbs R R
- He was signed to a $3m bonus by the Chicago Cubs.
7 Pedro Leon
OF Havana, Cuba 22 5′ 10″ / 170 lbs R R
- Signed a $4m bonus to the Houston Astros and may get a call-up on 2021.
8 Jesus Galiz
C Maracaibo, Venezuela 17 6′ 0″ / 183 lbs R R
- Top catcher in this list. Signed by the Dodgers
9 Rickardo Perez
C Valencia, Venezuela 17 5′ 10″ / 172 lbs L R
- switch hitting catcher signed by Phillies
10 Yiddi Cappe
SS Havana, Cuba 18 6′ 3″ / 175 lbs R R
- Cuban prospect plays close to hom ater signing with Marlins.
11 Shalin Polanco
OF Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 17 5′ 11″ / 168 lb s L L
- The Pirated signed this 17 year old outfielder to a $2.35m bonus.
12 Daniel Vazquez
SS Villa Mella, Dominican Republic 17 6′ 0″ / 150 lbs R R
- signed a $1.5m bonus with the Kansas City Royals. His body type compared to Fernando Tatis, Jr.
13 Pedro Pineda
OF Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 17 6′ 1″ / 170 lbs R R
- great bat speed. Signed a $2.5m bonus with Oakland.
14 Cristian Santana
SS Azua, Dominican Republic 17 6′ 0″ / 165 lbs R R
- Tigers signed him with $2.95m bonus. Likely to not remain a shorstop in later leagues
15 Norge Vera
RHP Santiago de Cuba, Cuba 20 6′ 4″ / 185 lbs R R
- White Sox got a fastballer and signed him to a $1.5m bonus.
Rest of Top 25 International Prospects
16 Danny De Andrade
SS Valencia, Venezuela 16 5′ 11″ / 173 lbs R R
- 16 yr old shortstop signed for $2.2m bonus with Twins
17 Jhonny Piron
OF Bajos de Haina, Dominican Republic 17 6′ 1″ / 165 lbs R R
- Rays signed the potent bat for $1.8m bonus.
18 Jackson Chourio
SS Maracaibo, Venezuela 16 6′ 1″ / 165 lbs R R
- 16 yr-old secured a $1.9m bonus by signing with Brewers
19 Victor Acosta
SS El Limon, Dominican Republic 16 5′ 11″ / 170 lbs S R
- Signed by the Padres for $1,8M- Wonder how it feels to wait 14 years for Tatis contract to be done.
20 Dyan Jorge
SS Havana, Cuba 17 6′ 2″ / 165 lbs R R
- Rockies signed the young shortstop to a $2.8m bonus
Top International Prospects 21-25
21 Miguel Bleis
OF San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic 16 6′ 3″ / 170 lbs R R
22 Diego Velasquez
SS Maracay, Venezuela 17 6′ 1″ / 150 lbs S R
23 Angel Genao
SS Castillo, Dominican Republic 16 5′ 9″ / 150 lbs S R
24 Manuel Beltre
SS Invivienda, Dominican Republic 16 5′ 9″ / 155 lbs R R
25 Fran Alduey
SS San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic 17 5′ 7″ / 140 lbs S R
About the author– Tom Knuppel has been writing about baseball and sports for a few decades. As an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan he began with the blog CardinalsGM. Tom is a member of the United Cardinals Bloggers and the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. He also maintains the History of Cardinals website. More recently he has been busy at KnupSolutions and the primary writer of many sports at KnupSports and adds content at Sports 2.0. Tom is a retired High School English and Speech teacher and has completed over one hundred sports book reviews. He also can be followed on twitter at tknup or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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