"The Orioles today announced a signing class of 17 international amateurs, including the club’s first two players signed for seven figures. Per industry sources, the club has contract agreements with catcher Samuel Basallo from the Dominican Republic for $1.3 million and with Venezuelan shortstop Maikol Hernández for $1.2 million.
The Orioles announced that 11 more from this group are six-figure agreements. Of the 17 agreements, 13 are from the Dominican Republic and four are from Venezuela
Catcher Samuel Basallo, L/R, 16, Dominican Republic
Basallo, once linked to the New York Yankees, got the largest signing bonus ever given to an international amateur by the Orioles. Basallo, who turned 16 on Aug. 13, has plus arm strength and some solid raw power. Some scouts have put a 60 grade on his arm. At 6-foot-3 and 198 lbs., it’s possible he could outgrow the catcher position.
Shortstop Maikol Hernández, R/R, 17, Venezuela
At 6-foot-4 and 175 lbs., Hernández has several impressive tools with a strong arm and power. He’s drawn some comparisons to bigger shortstops at young ages like Carlos Correa and Manny Machado. He was previously linked to St. Louis and Pittsburgh.
Six players, per industry sources, signed with the Orioles for bonuses between $300,000 and $400,000. Here is that group:
Outfielder Wilmer Feliciano, L/R, 16, Dominican Republic
He is a lefty batter with some solid raw power and it is believed got the third-highest bonus among this group.
Shortstop Victor Celedonio, S/R, 17, Dominican Republic
A switch-hitter, it is believed he got the fourth-highest signing bonus in this class.
Outfielder Teudis Cortorreal, L/L, 17, Dominican Republic
A lefty batter who is a center field prospect.
Shortstop Eruviel Castillo, R/R, 17 Dominican Republic
Shortstop Anderson De Los Santos, R/R, 17, Dominican Republic
Catcher Yasmil Bucce, L/R, 16, Venezuela
The following players signed six-figure bonuses, believed to range between $100,000 and $225,000.
Catcher Aneudis Mordán, R/R, 16, Dominican Republic
Shortstop Angel Tejada, R/R, 16, Dominican Republic
Center fielder Junior Lara, L/L, 16, Dominican Republic
Left-hander Deivy Cruz, L/L, 16, Dominican Republic
Center fielder Ángel Peña, L/R, 16, Dominican Republic
These four signings round out this class.
Outfielder Héctor Jiménez, R/R, 16, Dominican Republic
Left-hander Elvis Polanco, L/L, 17, Dominican Republic
Catcher Carlos Rodríguez, R/R, 17, Venezuela
Outfielder Grabiel Salazar, R/R, 19, Venezuela"
Man, I thought that was it, winning teams again for the foreseeable future. Many more free agent contracts, with all the stars coming to play in orange and black. A couple playoff runs, a few world series, wow it is incredible how naive I was back then and how little understanding of exactly how awful our pitching was.
I am very excited for the future now however and really enjoy watching this rebuild process, even as slow and boring it is and this winter is, but I agree with the OP, this off season has been incredibly boring!
Fair, I did see Darvish and Kim (not Snell). And the LeMathiu signing recently as well.
Even still that is basically just one busy team among 30. It is something , so I won't argue that, just saying it's mostly quiet/boring even for many teams that aren't is the "$1 million and south" club.
There is sometimes much to critique, but here is an instance where I think Good job, MLB is in order. This cohort isn't playing high school seasons or anything like that, and the big stuff gets settled far in advance.
This is a nice improvement in the league calendar.
I hope it doesn't come to this, but Good Play + Punting 2022 + Astro Pariah Theory (for any player who can pick their employer) makes Houston a first-tier landing spot if Dusty can keep them in it. Either faking a corner, or if Yordan knees still bad.
I more like the one where Bregman, Correa and Altuve are our infield in 18 months - who needs "thoroughbreds" then?