On the first day of the 2014-2015 international signing period the Dodgers have been busy, with five reported signings on the first day. The biggest splash made by the club on Wednesday was Romer Cuadrado, a 16-year-old power-hitting outfielder from Venezuela.
Cuadrado signed for $750,000, per Ben Badler of Baseball America, just over 38 percent of their allotted bonus pool total of $1,963,800
The 6'4, 195-pound right-hander wasn't ranked in the top 30 international signing period prospects by Baseball America or MLB.com, but was cited as a noteworthy prospect by Badler, who described Cuadrado as "a raw project in the field and at the plate, where he’s still smoothing out his swing and learning to recognize pitches."
Romer Cuadrado, nuevo prospecto de los Angeles Dodgers 2014... pic.twitter.com/VNqLEA6zbQ— Pablo Leal (@PabloLeal84) July 3, 2014
LAD signings cont'd: DR SS Jefry Souffront (17, $60k) & Nicaraguan LHP Leonardo Crawford (17, 47.5k) (2/2)— Kiley McDaniel (@kileymcd) July 3, 2014
Here is video of Crawford from five months ago:
Here is a look at the international amateurs signed so far, in relation to their allotted bonus pool:
|Dodgers 2014-2015 International signings|
|IF/OF||Felix Osorio||17||Dominican Republic||$205,000|
|OF||Johan Calderon||16||Dominican Republic||$130,000|
|SS||Jefry Souffront||17||Dominican Republic||$60,000|
|Bonus pool amount||$1,963,800|
|Money left to spend||$773,800|
|*Age as of July 1|