San Francisco Giants sign Gustavo Cabrera and Nathanael Javier

Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that the Giants signed Baseball America’s 5th best Latin amateur Gustavo Cabrera for $1.3 million.  MLB.com ranks him as their top prospect.

The 16 year old Dominican centerfielder is 6′ and 190 lbs.  Cabrera has great tools, but his bat is a question mark.

The Giants also signed 3Bman Nathanael Javier, who is also Dominican and also from Santo Domingo, for $500,000.  MLB.com ranks Javier as the 11th best prospect available.  Baseball America reports the signing bonus as $475,000. Here’s a scouting report on Nathanael Javier.

The Giants have about $1.1 million left of their $2.9 million pool in 2012 for signing foreign free agent amateurs.

At least six Latin amateurs have signed for at least $1 million dollars so far, topped by Dominican shortstop Amed Rosario, whom the Mets signed for $1.75 million and Venezuelan SS/CF Franklin Barreto, whom the Blue Jays were expected to give nearly $2 million.

Teams will clearly have to decide whether they are going to choose quality or quantity.  For example, the Blue Jays also signed a second Venezuelan shortstop Luis Castro, who Baseball America rated the 9th best international prospect and MLB.com ranked 12th.  The Jays must be pushing up against their entire $2.9 million allotment on these two players alone, if the early reports on Franklin Barreto’s signing bonus are accurate.

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3 Comments on “San Francisco Giants sign Gustavo Cabrera and Nathanael Javier”

  1. Burly Says:

    The Toronto Sun reports Franklyn Barreto’s signing bonus as somewhere between $1.7 million and $2 million. The Blue Jays must have gotten a better deal on Luis Castro, because the Jays still had enough money to reportedly sign a third shortstop, Dominican Richard Urena, who Baseball America ranks as the 13th best international prospect. The Blue Jays apparently did quality out of their $2.9 million bonus limit for international amateurs.

  2. Burly Says:

    The Indians signed Hector Caro for $1.1 million. Neither MLB.com nor Baseball America ranked him in their respective top twenty best international amateurs. It goes to show that teams rely on what their scouts think. The Indians’ scouts likely like his raw power.

    The Indians also signed catchers Yoiber Marquina and Francisco Mejia, shortstop Grofy Cruz and Japanese right-hander Naoki Hashimoto for a total of $1.475 million, leaving them with $325,000 to sign any other international amateurs this year. MLB.com doesn’t rank any of these players in its top 20 either.

    • Burly Says:

      It’s now reported that Franklyn Barreto signed for only $1.45 million, while Luis Castro signed for $800,000, leaving the Blue Jays with enough bonus pool money to sign Richard Urena.


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