Scouting Reports, Predictions, Likely Suitors for Top International Free Agents

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Scouting Reports, Predictions, Likely Suitors for Top International Free Agents
Shortstop Gleyber Torres is the top prospect in this year's international class (courtesy of Lider en Deportes).

The 2013-14 international signing period begins July 2, and it represents the first day that teams can sign a 16-year-old international prospect. Any player who turns 16 before Aug. 31 is eligible for this year’s class, though the player must wait until his birthday to officially sign.

As usual, a majority of the players in this year's international class hail from the Dominican Republic, where each organization has an academy and at least one team in the Dominican Summer League. And as usual, there is also a large contingent of prospects from Venezuela.

This year, international bonus pools have been configured based on the reverse order of each team’s winning percentage from the 2012 season. Therefore, in a similar format to the first-year player draft, teams that finished with the worst records in 2012 will have the most money to spend on international prospects. Additionally, each organization is allowed to offer only six players a signing bonus of $50,000 or less without it counting against their overall bonus pool.

For a full breakdown of each club’s bonus pool, be sure to check out this article by Ben Badler of Baseball America.

Here is a look at the top 10 prospects in this year’s international class as well as their likely suitors.

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