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 Post subject: UPDATE: International Signings 2010 (Mets Ink Elvis - pg 35)
PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:37 am 
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Hopefully at some point we steer this around to being Met-Related, but for now we open the year with the Tampa Bay Rays:

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The 16-year-old left-handed pitcher Stepan Havlicek, member of the Czech national junior team and student of Sport Grammar School in Brno, signed a six-year professional contract with the Major League club Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday in Blansko. Havlicek is the first player of Black Hill Blansko (till 2009 Extraleague team) to sign a pro contract and the fourth European player ever to sign with the Rays.

Havlicek is going to two months of spring training in the USA (March/April) and will spend a couple of weeks in a training camp in Australia during the summer months. He is expected to make his debut for a farm club of the Rays next season, since his first priority is to finish school in Brno, before moving to the USA permanently.



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:46 am 
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Rafael Depaula made his Dominican Prospect League debut January 6th and is now eligible to sign with a professional team. In his first outing, Depaula threw two shutout innings while allowing 1 basehit, striking out 5 batters, and surrending two walks. After his outing, he said that he felt good to be in competitive game situation and is eager to prove that he is one of the top amateur pitchers to come from the Dominican Republic. In his first game, Depaula featured a fastball working 93-95 mph, an effective curveball, and a 84 mph changeup.

Now that he is eligible to sign a professional baseball contract, Depaula will be proving his ability on a weekly basis against the other DPL prospects. Stay tuned for more details as we march towards the first DPL All-Star game on January 23rd.



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R Nitelight wrote:
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Rafael Depaula made his Dominican Prospect League debut January 6th and is now eligible to sign with a professional team. In his first outing, Depaula threw two shutout innings while allowing 1 basehit, striking out 5 batters, and surrending two walks. After his outing, he said that he felt good to be in competitive game situation and is eager to prove that he is one of the top amateur pitchers to come from the Dominican Republic. In his first game, Depaula featured a fastball working 93-95 mph, an effective curveball, and a 84 mph changeup.

Now that he is eligible to sign a professional baseball contract, Depaula will be proving his ability on a weekly basis against the other DPL prospects. Stay tuned for more details as we march towards the first DPL All-Star game on January 23rd.



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I just can't wait til we start reading boxscores and discover newly signed talent in the VSL/DSL..ie kids we signed last summer that we don't know about yet...

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Yeah, and if you're using the "He's 19" logic, then I guess the best report a scout could give us is:


"I have no idea. He's a teenager. He may go through 5 arm surgeries between now and his 30th birthday. He may add a pitch. He may lose a pitch. He may put on 30 lbs and add velocity. He may put on 50 lbs and eat his way out of the league. I literally have no idea what he is going to be."

But thats not what these guys are paid to do, nor what we are looking for them to do, right?


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Daaaarryyl wrote:
I just can't wait til we start reading boxscores and discover newly signed talent in the VSL/DSL..ie kids we signed last summer that we don't know about yet...



It'll probably be DSL I and DSL II.

We exited the VSL.



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R Nitelight wrote:
Daaaarryyl wrote:
I just can't wait til we start reading boxscores and discover newly signed talent in the VSL/DSL..ie kids we signed last summer that we don't know about yet...



It'll probably be DSL I and DSL II.

We exited the VSL.



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Oh really????

Wow, I had been thinking recently how a) we should be one of the teams that have 2 DSL squads and b) Our VSL prospects have been very lackluster recently. Interesting development. Of course they can always sign kids from all over Latin America and still assign them to the Dominican. Good to know!!

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MarkJohnson>You wrote:

Yeah, and if you're using the "He's 19" logic, then I guess the best report a scout could give us is:


"I have no idea. He's a teenager. He may go through 5 arm surgeries between now and his 30th birthday. He may add a pitch. He may lose a pitch. He may put on 30 lbs and add velocity. He may put on 50 lbs and eat his way out of the league. I literally have no idea what he is going to be."

But thats not what these guys are paid to do, nor what we are looking for them to do, right?


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Daaaarryyl wrote:
R Nitelight wrote:
Daaaarryyl wrote:
I just can't wait til we start reading boxscores and discover newly signed talent in the VSL/DSL..ie kids we signed last summer that we don't know about yet...



It'll probably be DSL I and DSL II.

We exited the VSL.



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Oh really????

Wow, I had been thinking recently how a) we should be one of the teams that have 2 DSL squads and b) Our VSL prospects have been very lackluster recently. Interesting development. Of course they can always sign kids from all over Latin America and still assign them to the Dominican. Good to know!!



1. We were sharing a facility with the Phillies players.
2. I don't know how all these players are going to fit in the Dominican Facility, i've seen how much room is in there, and it's not enough for 2 teams.

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Well I hope it wasn't a cost cutting move...

Slightly off topic- I wonder a how big their facility is in PSL..Not only do they have 2 teams but also all the signed players not assigned to squads as well as players rehabbing...Gotta get a little crowded, no?? For all we know Pat Strange is still there lost in the crowd..

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Yeah, and if you're using the "He's 19" logic, then I guess the best report a scout could give us is:


"I have no idea. He's a teenager. He may go through 5 arm surgeries between now and his 30th birthday. He may add a pitch. He may lose a pitch. He may put on 30 lbs and add velocity. He may put on 50 lbs and eat his way out of the league. I literally have no idea what he is going to be."

But thats not what these guys are paid to do, nor what we are looking for them to do, right?


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Daaaarryyl wrote:
Well I hope it wasn't a cost cutting move...

Slightly off topic- I wonder a how big their facility is in PSL..Not only do they have 2 teams but also all the signed players not assigned to squads as well as players rehabbing...Gotta get a little crowded, no?? For all we know Pat Strange is still there lost in the crowd..

from what I saw (and i was there for quite a bit, FYI) it could hold no more than 50 players. team + rehabbing players = not enough for 2 DSL teams.

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Yankees sign SS Fernando Perez, formerly Damian Arredondo, 19 year old SS from DR

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:37 am 
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Patriotas del Centro second baseman RODOLFO PENALO, 17, has become the most recent Dominican Prospect League player to sign a professional ballplayer contract. After leading the DPL in hitting over the first two months of the season, the 5´8" Penalo impressed the Oakland A´s enough in Saturday´s DPL All Star game to receive a contract to play Professional Baseball. The A´s moved quickly and beat the Padres, Twins, Orioles, and Brewers to the punch.

Penalo is a gifted runner with speed that grades as an 80 on the 20-80 scouting scale. More impressive, Penalo demonstrates a good feel for putting the ball in play, tremendous speed on the basepaths, and a better than average arm for the second base position.



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