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International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:35 pm

The Cubs are linked to one of the top 10 prospects next year: Ronnier Quintero, C, Venezuela

Power hitting C with a strong arm. Ben Badler doesn’t provide bonus info for Venezuelans because of the danger these prospects are in.

https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories ... -to-watch/

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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby CubsWin » Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:54 pm

Is he wearing a Cubs uniform in that video?
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby Bear Cub » Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:39 am

It sure looks like a Cubs jersey.
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby Brian » Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:06 pm

I'm sure teams give away gear like candy
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby Ding Dong Johnson » Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:51 pm

The sleeve says 2003 world series.
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby CubsWin » Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:16 am

Ding Dong Johnson wrote:The sleeve says 2003 world series.

Thats bleepin' hilarious.

And, ouch. (I was at the Bartman game..)
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby CubsWin » Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:17 am

Brian wrote:I'm sure teams give away gear like candy

Yeah, they'd be dumb not to. If that's not video from a Cubs workout, that's a good sign though...
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:49 pm

Brian wrote:I'm sure teams give away gear like candy


Correct.
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:30 pm

Fangraphs provided a list of their 6 best prospects for 7/2/19. All 6 were in the exact same order as BA's top 10 list, but the player linked to the Cubs wasn't on there.

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1. Jasson Dominguez, CF, Dominican Republic - Yankees - $5 million
2. Robert Puason, SS, Dominican Republic - A's - $5 million
3. Bayron Lora, LF, Dominican Republic - Rangers - $4 million
4. Erick Pena, RF, Dominican Republic - Royals - $3-$4 million
5. Luis Rodriguez, CF, Venezuela - Dodgers
6. Yhoswar Garcia, CF, Venezuela - Phillies

There are lots of notable, seven figure types beyond these six, but the consensus breaks up a bit, and we’ll wait to run down the whole class until signing day gets closer.


BA's 7-10:

Ronnier Quintero, C, Venezuela - Cubs
Ismeal Mena, OF, Dominican Republic - Padres - $2 million
Arol Vera, SS, Venezuela, Angels
Adael Amador, SS, Dominican Republic - Rockies - $1.5 million

Fangraphs is already looking at 2020 and 2021:

Names to Watch: 2020 and 2021 classes
As mentioned above, the 2020 class (eligible to sign on July 2, 2020) has dozens of players already locked up in deals, and the 2021 class has about 10 top players already locked up as well. We’ll obviously go into much less depth with these players because their positions are likely to change a lot over the next year and a half, but we will mention a couple of top talents in each class. For the 2020 class, there is little consensus on the top prospect, but the top tier appears to include Dominican center fielder Pedro Pineda, and Dominican shortstops Armando Cruz, Cristian Hernandez, and Hans Montero, as well as Venezuelan catcher Jesus Galiz, and Venezuelan shortstops Carlos Colmenarez and Willman Diaz. For 2021, clubs are obviously still sorting through the top talent, but Dominican shortstop Rodrick Arias is the consensus top prospect at this point, with differing opinions about the ten or so names in the mix behind him, which include Dominican right fielder Tony Blanco and outfielders Raimer Mateo and Ricardo Diaz, along with Venezuelan catcher Luis Meza, and Venezuelan shortstops William Bergolla, Diego Benitez, Ricardo Cabrera, and Javier Osoria.
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby Regular Show » Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:24 am

I wonder about the prudence of basically committing your full IFA bonus pool for one premium prospect like in the alleged agreements of the NYY and A's with Dominguez and Puason, respectively.

You can always trade for more space/pool money I guess, but teams might not cooperate. I don't think I'd want the Cubs to pursue this strategy unless they have firm agreements to also acquire more pool money.
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby CubsWin » Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:35 pm

Badler has linked another top 20 IFA prospect to the Cubs, SS Kevin Made.

I don't have a BA subscription, but here's Michael Cerami's write up about it over at Bleacher Nation...

https://www.bleachernation.com/2019/02/ ... prospects/https://www.bleachernation.com/2019/02/14/cubs-already-tied-to-two-big-time-international-free-agent-prospects/
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby CubsWin » Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:47 pm

I seem to remember another prospect with the last name of Made in the Cubs organization around 9 or 10 years ago.
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:55 pm

Kevin Made is a Dominican SS with a wiry, athletic frame. Has shown good ability to hit in games despite being skinny and is expected to get a bonus that surpasses $1 million.



Ben Badler also said the 2019 class is very talented and the market will be highly competitive because every team besides Atlanta is out of the penalty box.
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby Bertz » Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:51 pm

Regular Show wrote:I wonder about the prudence of basically committing your full IFA bonus pool for one premium prospect like in the alleged agreements of the NYY and A's with Dominguez and Puason, respectively.

You can always trade for more space/pool money I guess, but teams might not cooperate. I don't think I'd want the Cubs to pursue this strategy unless they have firm agreements to also acquire more pool money.


Generally I agree, but sometimes it works, look at Vladito.
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby Hrubes20 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:51 pm

CaliforniaRaisin wrote:Kevin Made is a Dominican SS with a wiry, athletic frame. Has shown good ability to hit in games despite being skinny and is expected to get a bonus that surpasses $1 million.



Ben Badler also said the 2019 class is very talented and the market will be highly competitive because every team besides Atlanta is out of the penalty box.


This kid looks a crapton like a young Alfonso Soriano. Fun stuff.

Also, that Jasson Dominguez guy the Yankees are signing looks freaking ridiculous. Stupid Yankees.
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:29 pm

Hrubes20 wrote:Also, that Jasson Dominguez guy the Yankees are signing looks freaking ridiculous. Stupid Yankees.


Indeed. They already do well with the lesser heralded guys who suddenly are throwing 100, now they're getting in on the top prospect in the last half decade types.
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby Regular Show » Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:08 am

Hrubes20 wrote:
CaliforniaRaisin wrote:Kevin Made is a Dominican SS with a wiry, athletic frame. Has shown good ability to hit in games despite being skinny and is expected to get a bonus that surpasses $1 million.



Ben Badler also said the 2019 class is very talented and the market will be highly competitive because every team besides Atlanta is out of the penalty box.


This kid looks a crapton like a young Alfonso Soriano. Fun stuff.

Also, that Jasson Dominguez guy the Yankees are signing looks freaking ridiculous. Stupid Yankees.


Yeah, I see it too. Very projectable body. Good vibes watching this kid. Pretty happy with this agreement.
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby Regular Show » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:32 pm

CaliforniaRaisin wrote:
Hrubes20 wrote:Also, that Jasson Dominguez guy the Yankees are signing looks freaking ridiculous. Stupid Yankees.


Indeed. They already do well with the lesser heralded guys who suddenly are throwing 100, now they're getting in on the top prospect in the last half decade types.



Damn. I keep reading this about Jasson Dominguez.
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby Regular Show » Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:01 pm

From the latest K. McDaniel chat on Fangraphs:

TJ: Is Miami in on any of these Cuban guys?

Kiley McDaniel: So there’s J2 pool eligible Cubans that, last night, MLB and Cuba announced all 34 that are eligible to be signed. There’s some good ones in there, considering the talent base in Cuba is down across the board, but it’s almost all of the guys with MLB potential

Kiley McDaniel: Clubs are still confused about how this will work. There isn’t an event organized yet, but MLB is indicating they plan to have at least one event in Cuba for clubs to come down and evaluate the players

Kiley McDaniel: They’re all pool-eligible guys that aren’t 25+6 years of pro experience, so there aren’t any true FAs in this group. And there aren’t really any big name Cubans that would be free and clear FAs at this point.

Kiley McDaniel: Much of the 2019 J2 pools have been committed for months, but there’s some money left and MLB wanted to let teams know that these guys were going to be out there so they would save some money for it, but it’s not super clear when the events will be and all the various minor details that go along with signing the players


Hope the Cubs haven't committed the majority of their IFA pool money and have some available. It's going to be hard to accurately scout these guys since no one saw them in Cuba.
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Wed May 08, 2019 8:07 pm

3 expected Cubs are in the MLB Pipeline's top 30 2019-20 IFAs: http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2019?list=int

6. Ronnier Quintero, C, Dominican Republic
11. Kevin Made, SS, Venezuela
30. Brayan Altuve, C, Venezuela

There are blurbs for each of those three in the link. There are also a few other prospects not linked to any teams yet.
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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby CubsWin » Wed May 08, 2019 9:35 pm

CaliforniaRaisin wrote:3 expected Cubs are in the MLB Pipeline's top 30 2019-20 IFAs: http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2019?list=int

6. Ronnier Quintero, C, Dominican Republic
11. Kevin Made, SS, Venezuela
30. Brayan Altuve, C, Venezuela

There are blurbs for each of those three in the link. There are also a few other prospects not linked to any teams yet.


Altuve reminds some scouts of Cubs catcher Willson Contreras.

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Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Postby TomtheBombadil » Wed May 22, 2019 3:51 am



There is some really high praise for this guy’s bat in the video. If Theo signs him hopefully Quintero becomes the ultra rare impact LHH catcher that Schwarber was not, probably depends on plans. Also between this guy at C, Dominguez, and Puason it seems like a banner year for IFA bats up top.

Is there any precedent for a big name IFA signing with anyone besides the team he has been long tied to? Theo should go get Dominguez away from the Yankees
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