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Orioles make huge splash, signing 24 international prospects

Monday, January 17, 2022
Robert Sobus, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5

The Baltimore Orioles created an influence at the opening of the 2021-22 international signing time period on Saturday, where by the workforce inked 24 prospective customers to contracts.

The top prospects the Orioles signed are 16-12 months-outdated outfielder Braylin Tavera (No. 22 on the MLB Pipeline’s Top rated Baseball Intercontinental Prospective clients List), shortstop Leandro Arias (No. 46) and infielder César Prieto.

Tavera became the highest-compensated worldwide signee in workforce historical past, signing a $1.7 million deal.

Of the players signed, 12 hail from the Dominican Republic, 10 from Venezuela, one from Cuba and a person from Panama.

The Orioles have not done considerably with worldwide scouting over the a long time, but normal manager Mike Elias has manufactured a determination to signing gamers from overseas since having about in 2018. Elias experienced supplied contracts to 17 intercontinental gamers in 2021.

In an job interview with MASN Athletics pursuing signing day in 2021, Elias instructed reporters that scouting in baseball had altered in excess of the past two a long time when it will come to international gamers.

“I think the value of the Latin The us and intercontinental scouting has been fueled by the variations we have observed in the game in the past 20 yrs,” Elias stated on signing day 2021. “Youthful players staying capable to occur up and impression the video game so quickly. Simply because of the quality of player advancement that has improved throughout the video game.”

Koby Perez, the Baltimore Orioles senior director for intercontinental scouting, informed Orioles.com that he is delighted with how Elias and the Orioles have scouted players from Latin America.

“We are delighted that we are able to land this kind of talent,” Perez claimed. “When we communicate to these households and brokers, they know that we want the best for their gamers. And we’re demonstrating that, not only due to the fact of the academy that we are making, but our general supervisor [Mike Elias] tends to make a existence in the Dominican Republic. He’s a scout at heart.” 

It really is obvious that Elias and the Orioles are in the rebuilding phase as they look forward to looking at what this expertise could provide to the corporation in the upcoming couple of many years.

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