Even though there has been a flurry of international signings in recent weeks, it’s slim pickings for those organizations with the remaining salary cap space. With the defined commencement of the international signing period this past summer (July 2), almost all of the top eligible prospects were signed within a matter of days. Players such as SS/CF Franklin Barreto (Blue Jays), C Luis Torrens (Yankees), OF Gustavo Cabrera (Giants), LHP Jose Castillo (Rays), SS Amed Rosario (Mets) and SS Amaurys Minier (Twins) each received at least a $1.3 million signing bonus.
While the 2013 crop of international prospects lacks the overall talent of the 2012 class, there are numerous players that possess a high ceiling relative to their age (either 15 or 16 years old) and position.
Although we’re only a few months removed from July’s rash of signings, it’s never too early to look ahead at next year’s free-agent class. So, here’s a preliminary ranking of the top international prospects headed into the offseason.
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