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Catching up on Dodgers international signings

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Dominican right-hander Eduard Cuello is among the Dodgers' reported additions during the 2016-2017 international signing period.
Dominican right-hander Eduard Cuello is among the Dodgers' reported additions during the 2016-2017 international signing period.
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This year has been relatively quiet on the international amateur signing front for the Dodgers, which is to be expected since the Dodgers have restrictions for the next two signing periods.

On the opening day of the 2015-2016 signing period, July 2, the Dodgers officially announced deals with nine players, including pitcher Yadier Alvarez, outfielder Starling Heredia and infielder Ronny Brito, with the entire group surpassing $22 million in bonuses.

This year, there has been no official announcement from the team on the international front, and on July 2 the only reported signing was Dominican shortstop Albert Suarez with a bonus of $300,000, the maximum individual bonus allowed the Dodgers over the next two signing periods.

To date, there are two more known signings, with 18-year-old Dominican right-handed pitchers Edwin Uceta and Esmerlyn Cespedes both already added to the Dodgers Dominican Summer League rosters. Uceta has pitched four scoreless innings in two games, allowing a single and a double with four strikeouts, while Cespedes has yet to pitch.

As is expected with limitations on the Dodgers, none of these prospects nor the ones below are ranked highly in top international prospect lists, and as such it is exceedingly difficult to find video or information on these teenagers. But here are a few more reported signings by the Dodgers as well, with what we know to date.

Eduard Cuello, a right-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic, also signed with the Dodgers.

All four players above were listed by the Baseball America international signing tracker, as is fellow Dominican right-hander Yariel Puello.

The club has also reportedly signed 17-year-old Mexican right-hander Adolfo "Fifo" Ramirez, who reportedly threw 88-90 mph for Dodgers scouts in June.

Another Mexican pitcher is in the fold with the signing of Gerardo Carrillo from the Tijuana Toros, with video of longtime Dodgers scout Mike Brito below.

Outside of the $300,000 for Suarez, none of the other signing bonuses are known. Every signing bonus over $10,000 counts toward the Dodgers bonus pool, which for the 2016-2017 international signing period totals $2,118,900.