The 2018-19 international signing period came to an end on Saturday, and the Dodgers ended up with a pretty substantial haul, including one of the top prospects in the class.
Here’s the full list of 46 players (that I could find, at least).
|Jerming Rosario||RHP||16||Dominican Rep.||$600,000|
|Alex De Jesus||3B||16||Dominican Rep.||$500,000|
|Jorge Gonzalez||RHP||16||Dominican Rep.||$390,000|
|Hyun-Il Choi||RHP||19||South Korea||$300,000|
|Igor Avila||LHP||22||Dominican Rep.||unknown|
|Horacio Andujar||RHP||20||Dominican Rep.||unknown|
|Cristian Peralta||LHP||19||Dominican Rep.||unknown|
|Juan De La Cruz||RHP||18||Dominican Rep.||unknown|
|Francisco Feliz||IF||18||Dominican Rep.||unknown|
|Jose Mendez||LHP||18||Dominican Rep.||unknown|
|Luis Morales||OF||18||Dominican Rep.||unknown|
|Samuel Ruben||RHP||18||Dominican Rep.||unknown|
|Frankelyn Feliz||RHP||17||Dominican Rep.||unknown|
|Bladimir De La Rosa||SS||17||Dominican Rep.||unknown|
|Juan Diaz||OF||17||Dominican Rep.||unknown|
|Frank Rodriguez||C||17||Dominican Rep.||unknown|
|Christian Hidalgo||OF||17||Dominican Rep.||unknown|
|Jose Igancio Rodriguez||RHP||17||Mexico||unknown|
*Bonus amount doesn’t count because he doesn’t fall under the international signing rules.
The Dodgers are more than three-quarters of a million dollars in the red, but I’m sure that’s either a math error on my end, a misreporting of bonus amounts and/or the Dodgers acquired enough international slot money to make up for the difference. I’m guessing it’s the third option, because they acquired money from the Reds when they reacquired Dylan Floro last July.
Since the international signing rules are a bit more complicated than even the MLB Draft rules, here’s a refresher.
The international signing period, known as the July 2 period, is the time when teams can sign international prospects not subject to the MLB Draft. There used to be looser signing rules, but the new Collective Bargaining Agreement has put an end to a team going over its bonus pool, as the Dodgers did two years ago.
Since the Dodgers were a luxury tax team, they were allotted $4,983,500 to sign players from July 2, 2018 through June 15. Of the reported bonuses I could find, the Dodgers spent just north of $5 million in that time. Any prospect signed for $10,000 or less does not count toward the bonus pool. The age cutoff for players whose bonuses count toward the pool is 25 years old. Any player 25 or older doesn’t have his signing bonus count toward the pool. The full rules area available here.
The next international signing class begins on July 2. They’ve been linked to Venezuelan outfielder Luis Rodriguez, one of the best all-around players available during the 2019-20 signing period. We’ll see who else they land.