The Milwaukee Brewers signed 9 international prospects, but added on today by signing SS Antonio Pinero from the Boston Red Sox.
Over the weekend the Milwaukee Brewers cashed in on 9 international prospects, but that certainly wasn’t the highest amount by a team. According to Baseball America, the San Diego Padres have 17 international prospects signed and many other teams are in the double digits.
While BA lists 6 official signings for the Milwaukee Brewers, they did indeed signed 9 international prospects which include both SS Jean Carlos Carmona from Dominican Republic (#20) and OF Pablo Abreu also from Dominican Republic (#44).
Carmona signed for $725,000 while Abreu signed for a bit more at $800,000. But, the Milwaukee Brewers signed 7 more including:
RHP Jeison Medina – Dominican Republic, 19 years old
RHP Brayan Salaya – Venezula, 16 years old
C Roberto Molina – Venezula, 16 years old
SS Victor Maria – Dominican Republic, 16 years old
SS Jean Carlos Cruz – Dominican Republic, 16 years old
OF Francis Florentino – Dominican Republic, 16 years old
OF Anderson Melendez – Venezula, 16 years old
While the Milwaukee Brewers had 4+ million (4th highest according to minorleagueball.com), they picked up one more today because of a Boston Red Sox signing penalty. Last year they signed their Venezuelan draft picks in “package deals” and because of it had to give up the 5 signings from last year including SS Antonio Pinero.
Although, he signed with the Red Sox for $300,000, the Milwaukee Brewers are only responsible for $75,000, so in total Pinero will be getting 375K. Looking back on what scouts saw in the SS last year, he was known for his defensive skills and is a switch-hitter. He looked to add weight being just 6’1” and 155 pounds.
Last year, the Milwaukee Brewers signed 7 international prospects, but only 2 in 2014. But, the strategy was a bit different as they gave 3+ million to SS Gilbert Lara. This year, the Milwaukee Brewers hope going across all the positions literally pays off.