July 2 signing update: Dodgers announce signings of 26 prospects

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The Dodgers announced on Monday they have signed 26 international free agents. Of the 26, I covered seven of the signings, with Jaime Perez (outfielder from Cuba) being the only exception.

Here’s a list of all 26 signees and their country of origin:

Player Position Country
Mayron Cathalina OF Aruba
Julio Enrique OF Cuba
Rushenten Tomjansen OF Curacao
Jeffry Abreu RHP Dominican Republic
Axel Acevedo RHP Dominican Republic
Jonathan Alvarez RHP Dominican Republic
Jession Cabrera RHP Dominican Republic
Darlin Camilo RHP Dominican Republic
Daniel Cruz RHP Dominican Republic
Carlos De Los Santos RHP Dominican Republic
Jimmie Feliz OF Dominican Republic
George Heredia OF Dominican Republic
Eddys Leonard SS Dominican Republic
Vladimir Perez SS Dominican Republic
Benony Robles LHP Dominican Republic
Brayan Rodriguez OF Dominican Republic
Randy Rodriguez IF Dominican Republic
Martin Santana RHP Dominican Republic
Amin Valdez SS Dominican Republic
Jesus Valdez IF Dominican Republic
Imanol Vargas OF Dominican Republic
Jonathan Vasquez RHP Dominican Republic
Andrew Budier LHP Nicaragua
Jenderson Jardines C Venezuela
Yhostin Chirinos SS Venezuela
Jorbit Vivas IF Venezuela

If the reported Perez signing is to be believed, they’re up to 27 players so far. Most of these kids are just that, kids. They’re 16-18 years old, so don’t expect them to become household names for a handful of years (if ever).

Baseball America has been able to confirm three bonuses thus far:

  • Heredia, $300,000
  • A. Valdez, $300,000
  • Leonard, $200,000

The Dodgers have $4.75 million (plus whatever they acquired from Baltimore in the Jason Wheeler deal) to spend before June 15 of next year, but can’t spend more than $300,000 on any single player.

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Just because these signees aren’t in the seven figures doesn’t mean they’re not decent prospects. I did this last year on the first day of the international signing period, but here’s a look at the IFAs the Dodgers have signed for $300,000 or less who landed in my Top 100 prospects list:

This doesn’t include prospects in my Top 100 whose signing bonuses aren’t known, such as Cristian Santana (57), Melvin Jimenez (71; big-time sleeper), Osiris Ramirez (76), Gregorio Sequera (82), Moises Perez (84), Hendrik Clementina (90), Jairo Pacheco (92), Miguel Urena (93), Christopher Arias (98), Elio Serrano (99) and Jose Chacin (100).

Don’t expect any big splashes. This is going to be another “quantity over quality” signing period for the Dodgers, and that’s just fine.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin’ Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif., and has yet to be shot.