LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers officially announced the signing of 26 foreign amateur players on Tuesday, the second day of the international signing period.
Most of the players — 15 position players and 11 pitchers — gathered at the club’s facility in Campo Las Palmas in the Dominican Republic, where the picture above was taken.
During the 2017-18 international signing period, the Dodgers are limited in that they can’t sign any players for bonuses of more than $300,000. Three of the players announced by the Dodgers signed for this amount — Dominican outfielder Gorge Heredia and Dominican shortstop Amin Valdez, per Ben Badler at Baseball America; and Cuban outfielder Julio Enrique, per Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.
Dominican shortstop Eddys Leonard signed for a reported $200,000, per Badler. The other bonuses are not known, but any signing bonus above $10,000 counts towards the total.
Their total bonus pool — now a hard cap with the new collective bargaining agreement — is $4.75 million plus whatever amount they received from the Orioles on Sunday for minor league pitcher Jason Wheeler.
Starting with the next international period, which begins on July 2, 2018, the Dodgers will not be limited on individual bonuses.
Of these 26 players, 19 are from the Dominican Republic. One is from Aruba — outfielder Mayron Cathalina. Here is an interview during his tryout with the Dodgers, from February:
Another prospect, outfielder Rushenten Tomsjansen, is from Curacao, and left-handed pitcher Andrew Budier is from Nicaragua.
I don’t have birthdates for all of these players, but most are 16 or 17, which means they were born in the 2000s, so before we all feel super old let’s just see the list of names.
Dodgers 2017-18 international signings
|SS||Eddys Leonard||Dominican Republic|
|SS||Vladimir Perez||Dominican Republic|
|SS||Amin Valdez||Dominican Republic|
|IF||Randy Rodriguez||Dominican Republic|
|IF||Jesus Valdez||Dominican Republic|
|OF||Jimmie Feliz||Dominican Republic|
|OF||Gorge Heredia||Dominican Republic|
|OF||Brayan Rodriguez||Dominican Republic|
|OF||Imanol Vargas||Dominican Republic|
|RHP||Jeffry Abreu||Dominican Republic|
|RHP||Axel Acevedo||Dominican Republic|
|RHP||Jonathan Alvarez||Dominican Republic|
|RHP||Jeisson Cabrera||Dominican Republic|
|RHP||Darlin Camilo||Dominican Republic|
|RHP||Daniel Cruz||Dominican Republic|
|RHP||Carlos De Los Santos||Dominican Republic|
|LHP||Benony Robles||Dominican Republic|
|RHP||Martin Santana||Dominican Republic|
|RHP||Jonathan Vasquez||Dominican Republic|