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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:28 am

This is for the next IFA class:

James : As far as the J2 for 2020 would it at least be possible to say what teams could have the top classes?
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Kiley McDaniel: The big money deals (2M+) that we have currently are with MIN, TBR, CHC, DET, WSH, OAK, NYY. We believe 3.9M and 3.5M are the only bonuses over 3.0M at the moment. There’s another one that we’ve heard may be over 3M but aren’t sure yet about the figure.
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby Named After Maddux » Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:19 am

CaliforniaRaisin wrote:This is for the next IFA class:

James : As far as the J2 for 2020 would it at least be possible to say what teams could have the top classes?
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Kiley McDaniel: The big money deals (2M+) that we have currently are with MIN, TBR, CHC, DET, WSH, OAK, NYY. We believe 3.9M and 3.5M are the only bonuses over 3.0M at the moment. There’s another one that we’ve heard may be over 3M but aren’t sure yet about the figure.


That is exciting. Always good to see them associated with the top bonuses. The Cubs have been very strong in IFA and I don’t hate the overall approach (aggressive but spread out over several players), but I am hoping one of these years they identify and splurge on the top talent like Franco, Dominguez, etc.
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:13 pm

A new name, possibly for this year for a team that hasn’t spent or next year:



An update on who hasn’t spent much yet (the Cubs are pushing to the top of their cap):

We don’t have perfectly up-to-date bonus pool totals, but sources indicate the teams with the top remaining pools include the Phillies (rumored to be closely following Taiwanese RHP Po-Yu Chen as well), Astros (who have a long recent track record of Cuban signings including Yuli Gurriel, Cionel Pérez, Rogelio Armenteros, and who traded for Yordan Alvarez shortly after the Dodgers signed him), Orioles (who are still looking for a headline international signing after passing on Yolbert Sanchez last winter), Brewers, Cardinals, Nationals, Rockies, and Indians. Or he could wait to sign until July 2, 2020, should another club offer him a substantial amount more than the aforementioned teams, which would puts other orgs, like the Rangers, into play.
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby Regular Show » Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:17 pm

CaliforniaRaisin wrote:A new name, possibly for this year for a team that hasn’t spent or next year:



An update on who hasn’t spent much yet (the Cubs are pushing to the top of their cap):

We don’t have perfectly up-to-date bonus pool totals, but sources indicate the teams with the top remaining pools include the Phillies (rumored to be closely following Taiwanese RHP Po-Yu Chen as well), Astros (who have a long recent track record of Cuban signings including Yuli Gurriel, Cionel Pérez, Rogelio Armenteros, and who traded for Yordan Alvarez shortly after the Dodgers signed him), Orioles (who are still looking for a headline international signing after passing on Yolbert Sanchez last winter), Brewers, Cardinals, Nationals, Rockies, and Indians. Or he could wait to sign until July 2, 2020, should another club offer him a substantial amount more than the aforementioned teams, which would puts other orgs, like the Rangers, into play.


He still hasn't been cleared to sign yet and it's going to be more complicated under Trump to sign Cuban players. I think he'll end up signing with some team next signing period.

The international amateur draft is another factor... I believe it'll happen during the next CBA after the 2021 season (which is great news for the Cubs).
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:26 pm

Arizona Phil: https://www.thecubreporter.com/10232019 ... -2-players

10/23 UPDATE:

The Cubs have officially signed five more 2019-20 J-2 IFA:

Jose Acila, P
R/R, 5'11 170, Age 19
VENEZUELA

Leury Gomez, P
R/R, 6'2 160, Age 17
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Luis Maza, SS
L/R, 5'10 150, Age 16
VENEZUELA

Robinson Rodriguez, P
R/R, 6'2 190, Age 19
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Albaro Santana, P
R/R, 6'2 190, Age 19
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

All five were "Signed for Future Service" (signed 2020 contract) and were assigned to DSL Cubs #1.

The signing bonuses have not yet been reported.

So the Cubs have signed nine J-2 IFA so far in the 2019-20 IFA that began on July 2nd.

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8/5 UPDATE:

The Cubs have signed their fourth 2019-20 J-2 IFA:

Dawel Rodriguez, P
R/R, 6'3 200, Age 20
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Unlike Altuve, Made, and Quintero, D. Rodriguez was not "Signed for Future Service," so he will likely be activated prior to the conclusion of the DSL season.
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby TomtheBombadil » Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:12 am

A couple more according to AZPhil including a 6'8" pitcher:

10/30 UPDATE:

The Cubs officially signed two more 2019-20 J-2 IFA:

Gabriel Disla, OF
R/R, 5'11 165, Age 18
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Edgar Mercedes, RHP
R/R, 6'8 190, Age 18
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:09 pm

Badler did his IFA review of the Cubs today: https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories ... cago-cubs/

  • Ronnier Quintero is an offensive-minded catcher. Above average bat speed, plus raw power, raw arm strength (60 arm) but the rest of his defense lags behind
  • Kevin Made ($1.5 million bonus) has quick hands, strong wrists and has a high contact rate due to hand-eye coordination and a selective approach. 70 arm, should stick at SS
  • Brayan Altuve is a great athlete, plus runner with good catch-and-throw skills to stay at C. High baseball IQ. Plus bat speed.
  • Christian More ($400k bonus) and Felix Stevens ($250k bonus) signed before 7/2 out of Cuba and played in the DSL last season.
  • Sleepers: 17-year old Venezuelan SS Luis Maza and 19-year old Dominian RHP Edgar Mercedes ($10k bonus). Merecedes is 6'8" and can hit 97 mph.
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby TomtheBombadil » Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:44 pm

^^ Thanks CR, this is BA's tweet for the review:



I keep reading/seeing parallels between early Gary Sanchez and Quintero, what does it all mean

McDaniel also mentioned that Cristian Hernandez could be a top 5 IFA next summer
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby TomtheBombadil » Sat Dec 07, 2019 1:33 am

I could have sworn the 1B was Baez for a second, probably Quintero though
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Sat Dec 07, 2019 2:07 am

TomtheBombadil wrote:I could have sworn the 1B was Baez for a second, probably Quintero though


It’s Quintero.
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:30 pm

The Cubs signed someone from Spain: https://www.thecubreporter.com/01272020 ... -2-players

1/27 UPDATE:

The Cubs have officially signed their 12th 2019-20 IFA:

Frank Hernandez, RHP/OF (two-way player)
R/R, 5'11 180, Age 18
SPAIN

The 18-year old Hernandez (he turns 19 next month) was the star (OF & RHP) of the Spanish 18U team that played for the World Cup in South Korea last summer, and he is the first player ever signed by the Cubs out of Spain.

He has been assigned to DSL Cubs Blue (Future Service Contract - signed 2020 contract) and is being officially carried as a pitcher on the DSL Cubs Blue roster, although he was signed as a "two-way player."

NOTE: Hernandez was signed prior to January 1st so he can be carried as a "Future Services Player" (and thus not count against the DSL Cubs Blue reserve list limit until DSL Opening Day). Although Hernandez was signed about a month ago, the filing of his contract and the required approval by MLB was delayed because the MLB office was closed for two weeks over Christmas - New Year's.
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:16 pm

BA ranked the top 100 international signings from 2019 (post-July 2nd): https://www.baseballamerica.com/ranking ... prospects/

14. Ronnier Quintero
20. Kevin Made
70. Brayan Altuve

Regarding the Cubs strategy of going after only a couple of high-end prospects, I found it interesting the Yankees and Dodgers did the same thing. The Yankees only had 2 in the top 100 - #1 and #62 while the Dodgers had 2 also - #2 and #38. The Yankees had to forgo their agreement with the #10 ranked prospect last year because they couldn't acquire cap space.
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Sun Mar 01, 2020 4:17 pm

This is a 16-year old the Cubs signed in December:

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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Fri Mar 06, 2020 11:35 pm

Arizona Phil wrote:Contrary to reports, 2019-20 IFA J-2 C Brayan Altuve was -NOT - signed by the Cubs in July. The Cubs did not have enough ISBP room initially to fit in his $1M bonus, so instead he was "officially" signed after the conclusion of the 2019 season, which means the Cubs will get an extra year before Altuve will be Rule 5 Draft eligible (post-2024, instead of post-2023 which would have been the case if he had signed in July).

Presumably the extra ISBP space that was needed to sign Altuve (and 16 other ISP FA signed by the Cubs post-July) came from the Rockies in the Jimmy Herron trade on 7/31. The exact amount of ISBP acquired by the Cubs from COL for Herron has not been reported, but since the Cubs sent $250K of their own ISBP space to SD in the Carl Edwards/Brad Wieck trade, the amount of ISBP space received from the Rockies must have been at least $500K (Herron was signed by the Cubs for $520K) or maybe even $750K. (ISBP space can only be traded in increments of $250K).

Remember, when a club acquires ISBP space in a trade they atre only acquiring the right to spend additional money on bonuses given to IFA during that ISP. The club is not actually acquiring cash; just the right to spend cash.
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby CubsWin » Sat Mar 07, 2020 7:07 am

CaliforniaRaisin wrote:
Arizona Phil wrote:Contrary to reports, 2019-20 IFA J-2 C Brayan Altuve was -NOT - signed by the Cubs in July. The Cubs did not have enough ISBP room initially to fit in his $1M bonus, so instead he was "officially" signed after the conclusion of the 2019 season, which means the Cubs will get an extra year before Altuve will be Rule 5 Draft eligible (post-2024, instead of post-2023 which would have been the case if he had signed in July).

Presumably the extra ISBP space that was needed to sign Altuve (and 16 other ISP FA signed by the Cubs post-July) came from the Rockies in the Jimmy Herron trade on 7/31. The exact amount of ISBP acquired by the Cubs from COL for Herron has not been reported, but since the Cubs sent $250K of their own ISBP space to SD in the Carl Edwards/Brad Wieck trade, the amount of ISBP space received from the Rockies must have been at least $500K (Herron was signed by the Cubs for $520K) or maybe even $750K. (ISBP space can only be traded in increments of $250K).

Remember, when a club acquires ISBP space in a trade they atre only acquiring the right to spend additional money on bonuses given to IFA during that ISP. The club is not actually acquiring cash; just the right to spend cash.

Well that worked out well. I’ll take the extra year of development time especially since Quintero and him are both catchers.
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Thu Sep 24, 2020 9:39 pm

BA:
Signed: RHP Rony Baez (for 2021) | RHP Kenyi Perez (for 2021)
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Sat Oct 17, 2020 1:39 am

Yesterday was the last day of this signing period.



More details from Arizona Phil on those final 11 signings: https://www.thecubreporter.com/10162020 ... -2-players

Yohan Crispin, RHP
R/R, 6'2 175, Age 19
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Andrws Cruz, INF
R/R, 5'10 150, Age 17
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Joandy Duran, RHP
R/R, 6'00 200, Age 18
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Leonel Espinoza, SS
R/R, 6'0 165, Age 17
VENEZUELA

Waimer Fabian, RHP
R/R, 6'2 180, Age 19
DOMINICANJ REPUBLIC

Angel Hernandez, LHP
L/L, 6'2 180, Age 20
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Jose Herrera, C
R/ R, 5'11 162, Age 17
COLOMBIA

Jose Miguel Lopez, RHP
R/R, 6'2 170, Age 17
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Jose Romero, RHP
R/R, 5'10 185, Age 19
VENEZUELA

Marino Santy, LHP
L/L, 5'11 170, Age 18
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Jerry Torres, OF
L/R, 6'1 185, Age 18
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby TomtheBombadil » Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:44 pm

Interesting that they signed *zero* 16 YO pitchers. Two guys are age unknown according to AZPhil:

Also interesting is they signed 3 LHH catchers. Quintero, Hearn, Windham, Granadillo, Soto, and soon Ballesteros makes 6 added between last July and probably January 2021...I assume before that only Caratini and Jon Soto hit something other than RH among catchers in the org for at least a year or two but who knows. More important is that Quintero be a really good prospect early unless he isn't
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:07 am

The Cubs signed 10% of the top 30 IFAs last year, the second most in baseball.



Chicago Cubs
Pool Amount: $5,148,300
Pool Spent: $5,148,300
The Cubs signed 34 prospects including the No. 6 prospect on the International Top 30, Ronnier Quintero ($2.9 million), No. 11 Kevin Made ($1.5 million) and No. 30 Brayan Altuve ($748,000).


FYI, Arizona Phil had the Cubs signing 35.
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby TomtheBombadil » Sat Oct 24, 2020 5:12 pm

It's surreal to know the Cubs signed 30+ players for slightly more than what MLB printed for the few prospects. There's built in ways to spin out of it: just covering bonuses that count, maybe don't have a full list, etc but all that boils down to not being an accident
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