San Francisco Giants’ 2013 International Prospect Signings
The San Francisco Giants have reportedly used almost all of their $1,909,900 bonus pool this year to sign three international prospects, Venezuelan outfielder Mikey Edie, and Dominican shortstops Kelvin Beltre and Manuel Geraldo. None of these three youngsters made either Baseball America’s or MLB.com’s list of the top 30 international prospects this year.
Mikey Edie turned 16 on July 3rd, and the website baseballinstinct.com listed him as their ninth best international prospect this year. Like the Giants’ first round pick in this year’s Draft Christian Arroyo, Edie has excelled in international competition, playing in the Little League World Series in 2009 among other things. He most likely signed for somewhere between $600,000 and $1 million, although no bonus amount has yet been reported. He trained a Carlos Guillen‘s baseball academy in Maracay, Venezuela.
Baseball America describes Edie as one of the best athletes and fastest runners to come out of Venezuela this year. He is currently 6’0″ and 165 lbs and projects to remain as a centerfielder and could develop into a five-tool player, but Baseball America says his bat and instincts need time to catch up. You can see him take batting practice in the link above — he looks like he’s got bat speed and a good swing, but needs to cut down on his foot-in-the-bucket cocking mechanism.
Kelvin Beltre reportedly signed for a $650,000 bonus. He’s listed as 6’0″ and 170 lbs. Baseball America says he has good right-handed bat speed and plays with a lot of energy. However, he is described as “erratic” at shortstop and Baseball America says he may end up at third base.
Manuel Geraldo reportedly signed for a $375,000 bonus. However, I haven’t been able to find any scouting information about him.
Kiley McDaniel says the Giants also signed 17 year old Venezuelan pitcher Deiyerbert Bolivar, presumably for a very modest bonus, if the bonus amounts stated above are accurate. Again, I wasn’t about to find out anything more about Bolivar.