San Francisco Giants 2014 International Prospect Signings, Part I
The period for signing international amateurs, mostly Latin American players, opened today, and the Giants are reported to have signed three Dominican youngsters already. They are outfielders Sandro Fabian and Bryan Pena and shortstop Francisco Medina.
None of these guys were considered top international prospects. Fabian signed for a reported $500,000 bonus, Pena received $425,000 and Medina received only $115,000. In terms of what American drafted amateurs get, that’s about two 3rd round picks and a tenth round pick. Needless to say, none of the three made either Baseball American’s or MLB.com’s list of the top 30 international prospects for this season.
The good news is that the Giants still have about $1.4 million with which to sign other international prospects before they suffer other than monetary penalties under the new international bonus pool slot system. In other words, the Giants are likely to elect quantity over quality in this year’s international signings, or they will trade some of their remaining cap space to other teams for current minor leaguers — I suspect the former.
Sandro Fabian is described as 6’0″ and 180 lbs, which are good dimensions when you remember that almost all of the elite international prospects are all 16 or 17 years old. He has power potential but is said to lack plate discipline, and he’s projected to end up as a corner fielder. If so, he better learn how to hit in all respects.
Bryan Pena is 6’4″ and 200 lbs and is also noted for his power potential. He is projected to end up as an LF/1B, so, again, he’s going to have to hit to make it.
Francisco Medina is said to be 6’1″ and 150 lbs, so he clearly has some filling out to do. There’s reason to believe he played well in the Dominican Prospect League (a league for promising amateurs that apparently plays a 25-game schedule) this season. That’s all I could find out about him.
In other international signing news, it appears that the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays, at a minimum, all intend to blow past their respective signing bonus pool amounts, which will prevent them from signing any international amateurs in the next two seasons for more than $300,000 each, but also serves as a way to have one really big signing year before an international prospect draft is possibly implemented for the 2017 season.