Major League Baseball's international free-agent market has changed drastically since the new collective bargaining agreement was signed two years ago.
Teams used to have the right to spend what they felt was a fair and appropriate price for a top player, but all that changed last July.
Jorge Soler with the Chicago Cubs and Yasiel Puig with the Los Angeles Dodgers were able to cash in last year just before the rules changed because they were able to get deals done prior to the July 2 deadline.
Even though the actual amount of money that teams can spend has been reduced, it does not take away from the talent that is out there. A lot of it is very young and will need at least five or six years in the minors before we start to see the fruits of the scouting labor.
Baseball America has released the spending caps for all 30 teams on the international market this summer. Like the draft, it goes in reverse order. So the Houston Astros have the most money to spend since they had the worst record in baseball last season, while Washington has the least amount by virtue of having the best record.
In anticipation of the wild ride teams and players will be on leading up to July 2, here are the top prospects to keep a close eye on.