Cubs 2015-16 International Signings
The Cubs have signed 27 International Free-Agents (IFA) since the start of the 2015-16 International Signing Period (ISP) that began on July 2nd.
The 2015-16 ISP concludes on June 15th.
The 27 IFA signed by the Cubs so far are from seven different countries, including ten from the Dominican Republic, six from Mexico, six from Venezuela, two from Panama, one from Cuba, one from Colombia, and one from Korea (ROK).
It's notable that Cubs have signed as many 2015-16 IFA out of Mexico as they have out of Venezuela, as the Cubs continue to increase their scouting presence in Mexico. (The Cubs signed three players out of Mexico in the 2014-15 ISP--RHP Jesus Camargo, RHP Hector Garcia, and 2B Carlos Sepulveda--after signing only two players out of Mexico in the previous five years).
The percentage of Venezuelan IFA players signed by the Cubs (so far) in the 2015-16 ISP (only 25%) is lower than it has been in the last few years, which is perhaps related to the Cubs pulling out of the Venenuelan Summer League post-2015 (which led to the disbanding of the VSL).
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NOTE: age listed is age the player was when he signed
Jose Albertos (Mexico) - age 16
Maikel Aguiar (Venezuela) - age 19
Javier Assad (Mexico) - age 17
* Faustino Carrera (Mexico) - age 16
Carlos Ocampo (Colombia) - age 17
* Brailyn Marquez (Dominican Republic) - age 16
Hector Matos (Dominican Republic) - age 16
Yunior Perez (Dominican Republic) - age 16
* Jose MacDonna (Dominican Republic) - age 19
Edison Novas (Dominican Republic) - age 18
Miguel Amaya (Panama) - age 16
Henderson Perez (Venezuela) - age 16
# Herson Perez (Venezuela) - age 18
Kevin Zamudio (Mexico) - age 17
* Aramis Ademan (Dominican Republic) - age 16
Luis Diaz (Dominican Republic) - age 16
* Christopher Morel (Dominican Republic) - age 16
Orian Nunez (Dominican Republic) - age 17
# Yonathan Perlaza (Venezuela) - age 16
Isaac Paredes (Mexico) - age 16
NOTE: Five of the six 2015-16 IFA infielders were signed as shortstops (Nunez was signed as a second-baseman)
# Jose Gutierrez (Venezuela) - age 16
* Kwang-Min Kwon (South Korea) - age 17
Fernando Kelli (Venezuela) - age 17
Eddy Julio Martinez (Cuba) - age 20
* Ruben Reyes (Mexico) - age 19
* Abraham Rodriguez (Panama) - age 16
* Jonathan Sierra (Dominican Republic) - age 16
NOTE: Kwon and Sierra are strictly corner OF (and Kwon also plays 1B), while the other five can play all three OF positions
Albertos, Amaya, Ademan, Diaz, Paredes, Kwon, and Sierra attended Fall Instructs in Mesa last September, and Kwon won the Instructs HR Derby (Eloy Jimenez was asked not to participate, to give others a chance to win).
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Amen Brick. What's the point of following early-season games if you can't over-react to them? What, we should be reading books now?
"Weren't the National considered a near lock last year?"
No, I think you're thinking of Radiohead, The 1975, or Bowie's last album.
Although The National's Greatful Dead tribute is pretty cool.
I don't think they're any kind of lock, though I do expect they'll make the playoffs.
It's not like I'm glad they've gone 4-8. I just don't think it's time to be all that worried -- just like I didn't think they were going to keep playing .730 ball.
vegas isn't a fan of the game because of how erratic and unpredictable it is.
SF has recently won 3 world series many thought they weren't supposed to win...BOS won a world series recently that they weren't even supposed to be in the playoffs for...favored teams with huge wins have seen 1st round exists...fun times.
I think they'll be ok too. But having watched this team since the mid-60s, I never think it's time to conclude, well, thank god the drought is over. I've seen/heard way too many people who follow the Cubs say glad we're finally going to win the Series this year. Please. Weren't the National considered a near lock last year?
Best record in baseball and largest division lead.
I'm jumping right now!
Can we please stop pointing out how ridiculous it is to panic and start panicking in earnest?
,571 winning percentage in May.
I think they're gonna be OK.
RAISIN: All I know is that Oscar de la Cruz is still shut down, and I don't know what his prognosis is, or what the plan is going forward.
Remember just two weeks ago, when "all" they had to do was play .500 ball the rest of the season and coast into the playoffs?
Well I guess if pitchers can keep working the edges of the plate to perfection it will be a long season. But that doesn't seem likely. Rizzo finally, fully, snapping out of it would help.
If I didn't believe in coincidences (or science), I would apologize to Gordon Downie--one of my favorites. Sad news about a great talent.
Hi Arizona Phil,
Has there been any news on Oscar de la Cruz' health?
O&B: Cease was apparently working on his off-speed pitches in his first & thrd innings, because in his second inning of work he just blew the D'backs away with high-velocity gas (that's when he hit 99-100 and struck out the side).