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2013 International Signings Preview

Each year, the coverage of the international signing period gets a little easier due to information being more readily available(thank you internet). MLB is working on making this more mainstream with the possibility of an international draft and having showcases of these talents in one place similar to the existing MLB Draft showcases put on by Perfect Game and other showcases. This will only make the process of identifying talent better and easier.

We are still talking about 16 year olds and it's all about projection. Imagining what these guys will be in 10 years is very hard but that's what we have to do here. The liklihood of identifying these guys accurately is about 4%, so take this for what it is worth. The rational side of me says to ignore these guys for a few years but the obsessive in me won't let me. I need to be on top of this for some insane reason, so I've watched all the video I can find, taken notes and this is what I have come up with.

The Day After the Draft: One More Step

When a player goes undrafted, they are cosidered Non-Drafted Free Agents. Yep, free agency. I have a crack at signing these guys. Each player can get $100,000 with no hit to the allotment that MLB allows us. So today, I would call everyone of these players and their advisors. Many would pay zero attention to a $100,000 offer because they have D1 scholarships waiting but there are a few that have either a Junior College offer or no commitment at all. There are some sleepers here that should jump to pro ball. The top targets that should be signable:

An Informal Look at Signability

I spent a little time last night looking at where clubs were with signability on their top 10 rounds and how each sat going into today. If any team had room for an overslot guy or if they were tapped out.

Teams that could spend $500K+ overslot today:

Houston AstrosKansas City RoyalsMiami MarlinsToronto Blue JaysTexas RangersChicago CubsBaltimore OriolesSan Francisco GiantsAtlanta BravesCincinnati RedsLos Angeles Dodgers

Teams that would have to scrape to find some:

New York MetsSan Diego PadresWashington NationalsMinnesota TwinsMilwaukee BrewersBoston Red SoxDetroit TigersLos Angeles AngelsChicago White SoxSeattle MarinersCleveland IndiansTampa Bay RaysPhiladelphia PhilliesSt. Louis Cardinals
Teams that look tapped out:

Pittsburgh PiratesNew York YankeesArizona DiamondbacksColorado RockiesOakland Athletics

Some Names I liked going into the Draft

CJeremy MartinezRonnie HealyMitchell GarverHunter LockwoodWade Wass1BZack CollinsGunnar McNeilMason KatzVikash RamjitConrad Gregor2BMalik CollymoreGosuke KatohJT RiddleTony KempL.J. Mazzilli3BCody GunterTrey WilliamsLachlan FontaineErich WeissDustin DeMuthZach AlvordSSBlake HennesseyJustin GonzalezEric GarzaSteve WilkersonChase NymanOFNick BucknerAdam EngelKeenan InnisJaycob BrugmanPat BiondiRaphael RhymesSteven SensleyOFBrennon LundTerry McClureAnfernee GrierTrey GriffinMike YastrzemskiMichael SuiterPAkeem BostickClinton HollonDerik BeauprezHarrison CooneyTrevor GottPJake BrentzAustin NicelyCD PelhamRicardo JacquezJimmie SherfyPJordan SheffieldMichael ShawarynArtie LewickiJosh UhenJake JohansenPBrad SchreiberBrady CorlessDeAndre SmelterBuck FarmerPJerad GrundyKayden PorterMatt BoydDakota FreesePAndrew HillisCarson BaranikTyler BashlorJustin Brantley

2013 MLB Draft Essentials

The Draft Order
My Top 400 Draft Prospects

Players with Signability Questions

Latest Mock Draft
2013 MLB Mock Draft (5-2)

2013 MLB Draft: West Region Report
2013 MLB Draft: Texas/Oklahoma Region
2013 MLB Draft: Southeast Region
2013 MLB Draft: Florico Region Report
2013 MLB Draft: Central Region Report
2013 MLB Draft: Northeast Region Report
2013 MLB Draft: California Report
2013 MLB Draft: Atlantic Region

Very Early top 100

Looking Ahead:
2014 MLB Draft Top Prospects
2015 MLB Draft Top Prospects

2013 MLB Draft Book Now Available

Most of the info above is compiled in this conveniant PDF.

This years' MLB Draft Book costs whatever you wish to donate to helping me improve my coverage next year. $0.01 is the minimum just to run the transaction. Donate and I'll email you the book in PDF form. It is 101 pages of Prospect info. Those that donate will likely get a discount on next years book or additional information that the rest will not get.

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This years' MLB Draft Book cos…

GAPPER Report: June Top Prospect Report

These are the top 30 performances for each team to date. The value attached is a number assigned using standard deviation of the GAPPER point scale. Remember that this is based 100% on a standard stat line. Just because a player is ranked 17th doesn't mean he is the 17th best prospect in the system. He may be better than that, he may be worse. This is just one piece, albeit an improtant one, of the puzzle.
Here's a link to how the system was developed and works.