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The Diamondbacks weren’t the Yankees during the 2014 International Signing Period, but they were active signing three international prospects that will develop slowly as teenagers. First the Dbacks signed 16 year old Dominican outfielder Remy Cordero for 350,000 dollars. He is a lefty and has a 6 foot 1 170 pound frame.
This is what Ben Balder from Baseball America had to say about Cordero: “His best tool is his arm—some scouts have even wondered what he would look like on the mound—with fringy speed that could start out in center field but may eventually lead him to right field. He’s a project at the plate but shows ability to use the opposite field. Cordero played in the International Prospect League and trained with Nelson Montes de Oca.”
The Snakes also signed Dominican third basemen Marlon Arroyo for 350,000 dollars. He has a 6 foot 190 pound frame. This is what Balder had to say about Arroyo: Arroyo is a 16-year-old switch-hitter who’s best tools are his power and arm strength. He played in the Dominican Prospect League.
Here is the problem with the International signing period and international scouting. So many times the players the scouts suggest are busts, and its because its hard to evaluate 16 year old’s and project what there going to do in the minors and up through the system because there just kids. Its easier to evaluate high school and college players because they are more developed.
Also according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com the Dbacks also signed OF Juan Carlos Araujo
We shall see how far these three young kids get in the Dbacks system in the years to come.