Dodgers sign 11 prospects on the first day of the 2018-19 int’l signing period

Luis Izturis (Photo: Ben Badler, Baseball America)

Yesterday, the Dodgers signed three prospects early on the first day of the 2018-19 international signing period, highlighted by Venezuelan catcher Diego Cartaya. The Dodgers also signed Dominican right-handed pitcher Jerming Rosario and third baseman Alex De Jesus.

As the day went on, more signings were reported by Ben Badler (Baseball America) and Jesse Sanchez ( Here are the known/reported signings so far:

Player Position Age Country Bonus
Diego Cartaya C 16 Venezuela $2,500,000
Jerming Rosario RHP 16 Dominican Rep. $600,000
Alex De Jesus 3B 16 Dominican Rep. $500,000
Darwin Arainamo OF 16 Venezuela unknown
Ender Avendano SS 16 Venezuela unknown
Miguel Droz SS 16 Venezuela unknown
Luis Izturis SS 16 Venezuela unknown
Gregory Pereira OF ? Venezuela unknown
Jerami Rodriguez RHP ? Venezuela unknown
Christian Suarez LHP ? Venezuela unknown
Rafael Tua RHP ? Venezuela unknown
Horacio Andujar RHP ? Dominican Rep. unknown
Raidel Chacon RHP 24 Cuba unknown
Total $3,600,000
International pool $4,983,500
Difference $1,383,500

All but two of these guys are from Venezuela, and it seems the Dodgers have made a concerted effort to hit the South American country hard on the international front. Thank you very much, Ismael Cruz (Dodgers’ international scouting director).

Before we dive in on some of these guys, yes, Luis Izturis is the nephew of all-time Dodger great Cesar Izturis (and his brother Maicer Izturis). If he’s as good as either of his uncles, then that’d be a big win.

Of the guys whose ages I can’t confirm, I think it’s safe to assume they’re in the 16-to-18-year-old range. I’ll track down those ages as soon as I can.

Anyway, here’s as much information and/or video I can find on all the guys who weren’t in the initial post.

Darwin Arainamo

His bat flip needs a lot of work, but there’s potential there.

Ender Avendano

All you get is an Instagram photo.

Raidel Chacon

He’s no longer an outfielder, apparently. He hit .275/.331/.366 in Serie Nacional from 2012-15 (his age-18 through 20 seasons), but most of that production came in his first season. This article says he throws 91-93 MPH and touches 94. It also says he has been trying to get a contract for three years.

Horacio Andujar

Unless Chacon, he might be 16.


Unfortunately, that’s all I could find on the newest signees. Cartaya is still the most exciting prospect signed, but I like De Jesus’ potential, if for no other reason than he has the frame to add some good weight and power as he matures.

There will be more signings, but I wouldn’t expect many more big bonuses. The Dodgers have fewer than $1.4 million remaining. That has to get them to June 15, unless they trade for some more.

Landing Cartaya has already made this a successful class. Here’s hoping we see some of these guys stateside in the next couple years.

About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. 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.