With international free agency fresh on our minds, it's a good time to consider the best MLB players of the past decade to come out of the international free-agent window.
That's right, the past decade. Starting from those players who signed as amateur free agents in 2004, I've compiled a list of the best players. Now, of course, there were some criteria I considered.
For starters, I thought it fair to only consider players with over one full year of service time. This eliminated players like Gregory Polanco, Oscar Tavares and others from making the final list, though I did give them proper credit (you'll see).
Next, I took into account both their to-date production over their careers, as well as their potential for more in the future. While overall numbers certainly helped a player to crack the list, it was his ceiling that ultimately determined his standing.
Finally, I eliminated players who don't play major roles on their teams. This eliminated multiple specialty bullpen arms and versatile reserves.
Now, remember that guys like Jorge Soler, Aroldis Chapman, Yoenis Cespedes, Yasiel Puig and Jose Abreu won't be on this list. They weren't a part of international free agency, as bonus restrictions and other things of that nature didn't apply to their signings.
Let's get down to business.
*Note: All statistics are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com prior to play on July 6.