The 2014 international signing period officially opens on July 2, and while the frenzy of international free agency has been quelled a bit by the new bonus pool system, there is still plenty of competition for the best high-ceiling talent Latin America has to offer.
For as big of a crapshoot as the MLB amateur draft has proven to be over the years, shelling out seven-figure deals to 16-year-old kids with little scouting exposure is infinitely riskier.
That being said, it's a chance teams almost have to take these days. If you're not playing the international market, you're missing out on a chance at finding the next Miguel Cabrera or Pedro Martinez who could one day turn into a superstar in the majors.
It will be years before we really find out whether these players were worth the money they'll receive in the weeks to come, but here is a look at the top 10 international prospect targets and the teams expected to procure their services.