Texas Rangers' Latest International News and Rumors
After the Texas Rangers’ international spending spree last year, the club will be limited in what it can spend this season as the 2014-15 international signing period begins July 2.
Three of its 2013 signings are in the team’s top 20 prospects, according to MLB.com. Those players include shortstop Yeyson Yrizarri, outfielder Jose Almonte and right-handed pitcher Marcos Diplan. MLB Pipeline says those three players and the rest of the Rangers’ signings cost the club $8.42 million in bonuses.
MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan wrote on July 1 that the team from Arlington will have a budget of about $2 million and cannot spend more than $250,000 on any player. Considering the No. 28 international prospect got a $750,000 deal from the Chicago White Sox, per Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the Rangers will most certainly be limited in the size of talent they can sign.
Here is the latest news and rumors concerning the Rangers on the international front. This will be updated periodically as the club signs players.
RHP Jeffrey Nunez, Dominican Republic
Baseball America’s Ben Badler wrote on July 2 that the club signed right-hander Jeffrey Nunez for the organization-enforced $250,000 limit.
Standing at 6’1” and 180 pounds, Badler says the 16-year-old has a fastball that hits the low 90s. Badler also wrote that the Dominican Republic native played in the International Prospect League, but no stats have been recorded.
Nunez is not among the top 30 international prospects, according to Baseball America. He is the first international prospect signed by the Rangers.
SS Edgar Pineda, Venezuela
The Rangers are keeping with the same theme they had during the 2014 draft, signing a shortstop after a right-handed pitcher.
Baseball America's Ben Badler reported the club signed shortstop Edgar Pineda on July 3 for $135,000. The 16-year-old hails from Venezuela and does not possess much power at the plate. However, Badler says he does have good speed and is fundamentally sound with the glove.
This is another player who is thought to be one of the best on the international market. Although, the club is doing a good job so far finding talent at a low price.