Under VP of international operations Bob Engle, the M’s have made great inroads over the years in signing international players, including Felix Hernandez, Jose Lopez and Carlos Triunfel.
This year’s international signing period is in progress, and Baseball America reports that the M’s have made three significant signings: Outfielder Phillips Castillo from the Dominican Republic (signed for a $2.2 million bonus, according to BA), Colombian right-handed pitcher Jose Torres ($851,000), and Venezuelan third baseman Yordyn Calderon ($477,500).
All three are 16 — the minimum age for signing foreign players — so it’s pretty hard to project what they’ll turn out to be. But Baseball American described Castillo, a 6-2, 175-pounder, as “one of the elite hitters on the market with his ability to hit and hit for power.”
Torres, they said, “has a lanky 6-foot-3 frame and is considered the top pitching prospect this year out of Colombia.” Calderon was described as having “a projectable 6-foot-2 frame,” and “a good athlete who can hit for power.”
Here’s Baseball America’s story on the signings. Apparently, I’m not supposed to run the scouting reports that go to subscribers only, so I have taken them down.