Regardless of working with the smallest bonus pool amongst MLB golf equipment, the Dodgers opened the worldwide signing interval on Sunday by nabbing two of the highest-rated prospects on this yr’s class.
The staff signed shortstop Joendry Vargas and outfielder Arnaldo Lantigua from the Dominican Republic, it introduced Sunday evening, the 2 headliners of the membership’s 13-player signing class.
Vargas, 17, was ranked as this yr’s third-best worldwide prospect by MLB Pipeline, which listed the right-handed hitter at 6-foot-3 and 170 kilos, and praised his athletic body, superior method on the plate and above-average throwing arm.
Lantigua, 17, was ranked by MLB Pipeline because the twenty third finest total participant within the class, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound prospect with highly-touted power-hitting potential from the appropriate facet of the plate.
They have been two of the six Dominican gamers the Dodgers signed Sunday. The others are shortstops Daniel Mielcarek and Elias Medina, and right-handed pitchers Anderson Jerez and Erick Batista.
The Dodgers additionally signed seven gamers from Venezuela: right-handed pitchers Jesus Tillero, Samuel Sanchez, Robinson Ventura and Luis Carias; catcher Eduardo Quintero; shortstops Harold Gonzalez and Javier Herrera.
For the second consecutive yr, the Dodgers entered the worldwide signing tied for the smallest bonus pool amongst MLB’s 30 groups, having solely $4.144 million to spend on prospects.
They have been docked $1 million as a penalty for signing Freddie Freeman final yr, since he had rejected his earlier staff’s qualifying provide and the Dodgers have been a luxurious tax membership the earlier season.
The one different membership that had as small of a pool this yr was the Texas Rangers.
That is the third consecutive yr MLB’s worldwide signing interval started in January, versus its outdated begin date in July.