Jun
18

Yankees projected to sign three of top five international free agents

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According to Ben Badler (subs. req’d), the Yankees are projected to sign three of the top five and four of the top ten international prospects once the signing period opens on July 2nd. Those prospects are Dominican SS Dermis Garcia (ranked 2nd), Dominican 3B Nelson Gomez (3rd), Dominican OF Juan De Leon (5th), and Venezuelan OF Jonathan Amundaray (10th).

We first heard the Yankees connected to those players (as well as several others) a few weeks ago. The team reportedly has agreements already in place with Garcia ($3.6M) and Gomez ($2.8M). In another piece (subs. req’d), Balder quotes several scouts who believe De Leon can become a true impact player down the line. “When it’s all said and done, he might be the best of all these guys,” said one scout. “He’s got five-tool potential with three of those tools (power, speed, defense) potentially plus.”

The Yankees were allotted only $2.2M for international free agency this summer, but they are going to blow right past that with their reported agreements. Reports of a international spending spree worth upwards of $30M (bonuses plus penalties) have been going around since the winter. The Yankees took higher probability pitchers in the draft two weeks ago, and it appears they’re going to balance things out with several high-upside international position players next month.

  • Joe

    Who is the #1 guy and who is getting him?

    • hey now

      My guess is Gilbert Lara (3b), supposedly to the Brewers for >$3M.

      • mick taylor

        it is really pathetic that the brewers are outspending the yanks. these signings may be very important if baseball introduces an international draft since yanks wont be able to do this in futuee

        • Dan

          I agree, if Gilbert is the top guy they should get him. And I really don’t like that they’re not going after any top end SPs.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            Cashman failed for letting the Brewers be rumored to sign the guy “hey now” thought he heard was the top INT guy!!!

            Hal just doesn’t have a clue.

            • edb

              Maybe Garcia is the top ranked guy on their list? I mean you can’t just go signing people based solely on everyone else’s evaluations.

              • RetroRob

                Bingo.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          oaktag

        • Old Man Time

          Another day, another dumbass comment by mick.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Even more amazing is the fact that Juan De Leon is seven years old. Projectability FTW.

    • W.B. Mason Williams

      After seeing everything his older brother Ponce accomplished, I’m excited.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        His other brother once lost 19 games in one season for the Pirates, but had an ERA below 3, IIRC.

      • Cheval Anonyme

        theirs no foutain of youth lol ponce is a looser

    • Yankee$

      I’m no scout, but I heard he was a mature 7.

      • RetroRob

        I hear he’s stocky with a mature frame for a seven-year-old. Not sure how much projection is left. He is what he is.

        • Yankee$

          Once his adult teeth come in he will be shifting to a red meat based high protein diet and he’s project to grow 37 inches and that early stockiness should be shaken off.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          He’s a seven year-old Dominican Aaron Judge. As a matter of fact, his actual name is Aaron Juez.

          • John S.

            I shamefully laughed way too hard for the Aaron Juez joke.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              Careful. That’s how “Robinson Tilapia” came to be.

  • Nick

    Come on only 3 of the top 5? Spend $100 million and get all the prospects. Meanwhile trade romine for Chris sale

  • hey now

    Time for the Boston homers at ESPN to put these guys through the spin cycle and find ways to downgrade their rankings.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      They’ll nevah be as good as Will Midd….oh…..as Ryan Lavahhhhn….oh, as Jackie Brahhhhhdley!!!

      Can they even pronounce “Xander Boegarts?”

      • Yankee$

        BoGahts

        • edb

          Bahhhgets…i kid you not I have heard them say it.

      • Mike

        Solarte > Bogearts

        Tanaka > Lester

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Screw Xander Bogearts, but I’d rather have him about a hundred times over Yangervis Solarte.

          • Preston

            I will hat Xander Bogaerts for six more years, when he signs with the Yankees I will love him.

  • viridiana

    Last chance to beat Selig’s hateful campaign against big market teams (well, really NYY). Very wise to blow thru punitive “allotment” this year. So congrats and thanks to Hal. Only wonder that there are no highly regarded pitchers in group. System now short on top shelf pitching prospects.

  • Guest

    Believe it or not, the Yankees once signed Juan De Leon: http://www.baseball-reference......leon001jua

    His 2006 season was so filthy, he called it quits.

    Now, he’s back as an outfielder. Let the legend continue.

    • Reggie C.

      his real name is actually fausto carmona.

      • BronxBomber987

        ^Best comment in this post

  • Wolfgang’s Fault

    What a racket. What does MLB do w/the penalty windfall?

    • RetroRob

      Big, season-ending party at Sardi’s, with Frank and Dino.

      • kenthadley

        lmao

  • Reggie C.

    hopefully not the next kelvin de leon. #nonblastfromthepast

    • Scout

      Any kid who hasn’t turned sixteen as a huge risk. It’s hard enough to project when you draft a college senior. If even one of these kids turns into a major league regular five years down the road, it will be an excellent return on money that really cannot be invested elswhere in talent acquisition.

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      Kelvin De Leon made me think of Ravel Santana, and I wondered how he was doing after being taken from the Yanks in the minor league Rule 5 draft. The answer is … not good.

      .063/.238/.063 (21 PAs) in the NYPL. Yeesh.

      • edb

        Jackson Melian!

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        That must have been the worst ankle injury in medical history.

      • Wolfgang’s Fault

        Actually, 19 PA’s, but who’s counting?

  • vicki

    mmm, yes. that’s the stuff. yankees doing yankee things.

  • TWTR

    Just keep spending smartly until every other fan-base loathes us as much as possible.

  • Frank

    While this is exciting, it’s typical of the Yankee philosophy of late. Don’t acquire any major talent for several years and then spend $500MM in one offseason and think that makes up for it. I have become so disenchanted with this organization over the past few years. I think it started with the sabathia/tex/burnett spending spree. I watch a game these days and don’t even know who the players are. It’s a team of free agents. They’ve taken all the fun out of being a yankee fan and rooting for guys who grew up yankees. So, after overdrafting guys like bichette, culver, every second round pick they’ve ever had, etc. and failing to get involved on some big name IFA’s (Sano) over the years, they decide…we’ll swoop in a spend $30MM and all will be good. Well, these kids won’t have an impact on this system for another 3-5 years so all is not well. Oh, and then they draft a bunch of college relievers in the draft this year b/c, you know, they’re only one reliever away from being what the were. Oh well, rant over.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      And it was different when? I’ve been rooting for a team of free agents since the 1980′s.

      Sucked to win that title in ’09. Hated every second of it.

      “….but if they signed the guys I wanted, they’d have won three titles….”

    • vicki

      better not kick your ball into this guy’s yard.

      but seriously, what good old days are you nostalgic for, exactly? that one moment in time when stick and buck and them made singular magic? did you not pull for catfish and reggie?

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        The Bucky/Stump years, obviously.

        • vicki

          if we’re longing for pre-curt flood days i really worry. the passage of time doesn’t make us old. aversion to new ideas does.

          • Roberto Kelly onson

            Nice comment

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            I love you, Vicki.

          • Wolfgang’s Fault

            I don’t know, the passage of time consistently brings the old.

      • Yankee$

        I just want add Bob Watson to your Stick/Buck tandem. That dude made some great deals in ’96.

        • vicki

          absolutely. he’s “and them.”

        • TWTR

          True, and, iirc, he laid the groundwork for the Knoblach trade. He is definitely underappreciated.

    • Jimmy

      For what its worth, Chris Chambliss, Reggie Jackson, Willie Randolph, Mickey Rivers, Lou Pinella, Catfish Hunter, Sparky Lyle, Goose Gossage were all non-homegrown Yankees.

      Even in the 90′s we had Paul O’Neill, Cone, Key, Wells, Tino, Davis, etc.

      This team isn’t made up of significantly more or less home-grown players, its just that the current group of players are not the stars like in the 90′s.

      • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

        Plus… Ruth, Maris, Bauer, Mize … the list goes on.

        • kenthadley

          Bauer was home grown.

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      John Ryan Murphy was a second round pick.

      The current Yanks have two true homegrown guys in the rotation and a third that kind of counts (Nuno, who was released from low A, went to an indy league, and then was signed by the Yanks and made his way from A ball up through the Yankee system). They have a starting pitcher on the DL who is home grown. The bullpen has a homegrown closer, a homegrown electric fireman, and a homegrown seventh-eighth inning guy, as well as a young home grown reliever learning his trade in the middle innings. The backup catcher, short stop, DH (Soriano, kind of, I know he played in Japan first) and left fielder are all home grown. Not sure what more you can want in that regard.

      The A’s, who have the best record in the A.L. and a moderate payroll, have two … two … home grown players on the roster (or is it three now that the lefty went on the D.L.?).

      Not saying the sudden budget consciousness wasn’t annoying. But let’s not pretend that things are different than they really are (or were, as, if you will recall, O’Neill, Tino, Knoblauch, Boggs, Brosius, Girardi, Raines, Key, Wells, Clemens, Cone, Wetteland were all not home grown, and those teams were pretty fun to root for).

    • 28 this year

      It’s almost as if the penalty structures reward outspending one year than outspending every year. Oh wait, the rules make it so that when you outspend, the penalties prevent you from getting the big guys the next year? Who would have thought.

    • Fernando

      There are plenty of homegrown guys on the squad right now. Cervelli, Jeter, Gardner, Whitley, Phelps, Nuno, Warren, Robertson, Betances and Ramirez. I won’t count Soriano(though he did come up in their system) or Nova (who is on the DL). Surprisingly, that is 8 more homegrown guys than the Oakland A’s (Doolittle and Gray).

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Maybe this was already posted elsewhere, but they also agreed to terms with 17 year old S Korean shortstop Hyo Jun Park.

    https://twitter.com/DPLennon/status/478549021795966977

    But I’m sure Cashman failed by not signing the 9 year old switch hitting Japanese shortstop who can also pitch and catch at once.

    • Paisa

      “the 9 year old switch hitting Japanese shortstop who can also pitch and catch at once.”

      The second coming of Cool Papa Bell?

    • TWTR

      No need for strawmen failures.

    • Angelo

      Axisa posted about this a little while back.

  • Paisa

    It’s hard not to feel bad for these poor Latin American kids who will undoubtedly be screwed out of thousands, if not millions, of dollars when the international draft arrives. Ugh.

    • Angelo

      Which will inevitably lead to less of these guys trying to play baseball professionally.

    • edb

      Either is better than staying in a 3rd world country living in poverty right? But I agree with you. I’d hate to see DR turn into another Puerto Rico like baseball wasteland.

    • Cheval Anonyme

      The International draft will be separate from the regular draft. They won’r make the same mistake as Puerto Rico. Seventeen year olds will qualify, and the top picks will still get huge sums by the standards of the DR.

  • edb

    Just out of curiosity how reliable our position projections for a 16 yr old? Is it more than 50% likely they will be the same position if they reach the majors in 6-7 years? Or is this more like a best case scenario and most SS end up at 3b and 3b end up in the OF etc?

    • Angelo

      It depends mostly on the scouting reports. Some SS project to outgrow the position and eventually move to 3B, others are projected to stay at the position.

      Scouting reports don’t always hold true, but it’s much more likely that players will stay at the position if scouts believe that to be true.

      Of course, 16 year olds are usually hardly done growing and putting on weight and muscle, so they’re going to be harder to project.

      Hope that helps somewhat.

      • edb

        Thanks Angelo—I wasn’t sure if my phrasing made sense. So how do Garcia and Gomez project at this point? I assume the #2 prospect ranking is likely based on the idea he’s staying at SS but I don’t know anywhere near enough about these guys to validate that.

        • Angelo

          Well, no I don’t think the ranking has a lot to do with the idea of him staying at SS. I actually haven’t read a lot on these guys, but I believe Dermis Garcia projects to be a 3B in the future. I’m unsure about Gomez.

          The Yankees do have a very high ceiling SS that will be playing in the GCL this year by the name of Jorge Mateo. If you’re interested in a SS to root for. He projects to stay at the position as well.

          • edb

            Thanks for the info again Angelo. I knew nothing of Mateo previously.

            • Angelo

              Yeah, no problem.

  • Paco Dooley

    Obviously they should have been smarter on the IFA market and gone after guys like Darvish, Puig and Cespedes, where you spend real money, but get guys close to ready for the show (Tanaka has taught them the value of that lesson directly). Spending huge sums on kids is a poor way to make up for those earlier failures/

  • PunkPitch

    Wondering how much of a hail mary pass Cashman is hoisting up here. The money may not matter to their deep pockets, but the draft restrictions in future years could be devastating. A fail here falls into the no es bueno category.

  • nycsportzfan

    Awesome news!

  • Preston

    The question is how many of the remaining top ten or 25, have yet to come to agreements with other teams? Under the normal pool restrictions the team would be limited to signing one top guy per year. By throwing the pool out they’ve now gotten four top guys instead of three (although Dermis is probably better than we could normally afford to sign). So basically the current benefit for busting the budget is we get a slightly better guy than usual and one extra top ten guy. Obviously there is a benefit to spending the money now and getting top prospects into the system sooner, but I think think the Yankees need at least one or two more notable signings if this is going to be worthwhile.

  • Jake

    I actually read the number 1 prospect is a shortstop, forgot the name, but he’s projected to be a hanley ramirez like 5-tool player. The Rays supposedly have a verbal commitment from him or is close to it. Can’t really knock the Yankees on who they do and don’t target in the international market, but you pay attention to teams like the Rays and Brewers who know a thing or two about impact prospects.

    • Jake

      Nvm found the name, Adrian Rondon, and he has a deal in place with the Rays for 3.5mil. Only 15 years old but big and highly touted by many scouts, this was the guy to sign in this year’s pool idk why the Yankees let him go. I’d say the number 2 prospect was Gilbert Lara who’s going to the Brewers.

  • Jake

    Nvm found the name, Adrian Rondon. Only 15 but big and not fully developed yet. Highly touted by scouts but he supposedly has a deal with the Rays. What a shame, with Jeter’s departure next season you’d thing the Yankees would be hard-pressed to stock up on guys like these for the future.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    Except for Jonathan Amundaray, I’m glad most of the other guys actually have names that sound remotely real. Wonder why “Fausto Carmona” didn’t set off any red flags for the Indians.