It feels like the draft was just yesterday, but the July 2nd International Signing Period begins today. Ben Badler posted a list of the top 40 prospects with links to video, ranking the kids by their expected signing bonus and not necessarily talent. There is certainly some correlation between signing bonus and prospect-ness, though. That link is free for all, but you’ll need a Baseball America subscription to see scouting reports and team-by-team breakdowns. As usual, the Yankees are expected to be among the biggest spenders in Latin American this year.
We’ve already heard about their interest in Luis Reynoso, Manny Marcos, Roberto Osuna, and Miguel Andujar, but the new name is Adalberto Mondesi, Raul’s son. He’s a rare shortstop that projects to stay at the position, with speed, soft hands, and a strong arm. Badler notes that some scouts like his swing from both sides of the plate, though he doesn’t figure to have much power. The Yankees haven’t signed anyone yet (other teams have), but don’t worry, they will soon.