The Dodgers continued to be busy in the international market, as the team has signed 16-year-old outfielder Michael Medina, per Ben Badler of Baseball America. The Dominican signed for a reported $275,000, making him the largest known splash by the Dodgers on the amateur international side since the new ownership group took over in May.
"Medina, who is from Santo Domingo and trained with Amauris Nina, is 6-foot-2, 185 pounds and played in the International Prospect League all-star game last week," wrote Badler. "He showed a projectable frame with good bat speed, power and the ability to use the opposite field. He most likely projects as a corner outfielder, with a solid arm that could fit in right field."
The $275,000 counts against the cap of $2.9 million during the international spending period, which runs from July 2 to June 15. The bonus for Medina surpasses the $150,000 given by the Dodgers to another Dominican outfielder, Ariel Sandoval, earlier in January.
In December, general manager Ned Colletti spoke of the commitment of the new ownership group to invest internationally.
"It was one of the primary things I said to them. They asked 'What do we need to do as soon as possible?' and I said we can't wait internationally," Colletti said. "We have waited to long, we haven't been able to engage. Whether it's Latin America or the Pacific Rim, we haven't been able to do it."
From the hiring of new international scouting director Bob Engle, the addition of eight international scouts to the existing staff, the major league signings of Yasiel Puig and Hyun-jin Ryu, or the other three Dominican amateurs signed in January, it appears the Dodgers are no longer on the sidelines internationally.