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

PITCHERS: 10 
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

CATCHERS: 4 
Miguel Amaya (Panama) - age 16 
Henderson Perez (Venezuela) - age 16 
# Herson Perez (Venezuela) - age 18
Kevin Zamudio (Mexico) - age 17 

INFIELDERS: 6 
* 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)

OUTFIELDERS: 7
# 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).

Comments

Thank you PHIL! That is interesting to hear about the Mexi-Cub connection. I hope one or two stick. Also, glad to see the Cubs are continuing with more Perez' success. It has been a long enough break since Neifi.

E-MAN: I think what you are seeing is the Cubs attempting to take advantage of a perceived market inefficency by establishing and maintaining a much heavier scouting presence in Mexico than they have in the past, developing close relationships with Mexican League clubs and (more importantly) with Mexican minor league clubs, and then aggressively pursuing and signing the best Mexican IFA their scouts can find.

Whether this pursuit will bare fruit remains to be seen, but it's certainly worth a try.

something has to give in mexico. it has a pool of talent that's very used to the game and internal player development, but it's not given the game many MLB quality players of note (or too many MLB players on whole, really). it's worth mentioning that venezuela didn't become much of a player source powerhouse until the mid/late-80s even though they've been playing quality organized baseball there since the 40s (even before then, really). now we just expect greatness to flow out of the area.

You would think with large population more Mexican players would be in mlb. Is soccer taking all the athletes?

Same problem in soccer. Internationally, Mexico is not very good, and in spite of immigration there has never been much of a Mexican presence in the US Men's National Team. So maybe the question is, what athletes?

Soccer of course will always be more popular outside of the US for many reasons, one of which is that baseball is more expensive to play for kids but baseball in Mexico is quite popular. One rule that hurt the opportunity for Mexican players to come here was just eliminated: basically any player who signed with a us team before signing with a Mexican one was blacklisted from ever playing in Mexico. This allowed Mexican teams to basically sign players there at very early ages and then charge US teams a crap load of money to sign the player which they were only going to do for the best players. There's no free agency there so contracts in Mexico are for life. MLB finally convinced them to get rid of that as part of a plan to have more of a presence there so hopefully the combo will help.

I discussedt this subject here a little over a year ago when the Cubs signed Camargo, Garcia, and Sepulveda. 

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AH HA! I knew Phil would back me up

took long enough, but the O's finally signed y.gallardo (pending physical) yesterday. it's commonly believed that once that domino falls, d.fowler will sign with the O's shortly afterwards.

Damn. Was banking on my absurd Gallardo to Rockies prediction to help my case on the spreadsheet.

Phil, any thoughts on what the Cubs are up to with additional Cuban signings?

AZBOBBOP: Although the Cubs have blown through their $3,230,700 2015-16 International Signing Bonus Pool (ISBP) to such an extent that bonuses they pay right now to International Free-Agents (IFA) who are subject to bonus restrictions feature a 100% tax  (for example, a $500K bonus costs the Cubs $1M), they can continue to pay top dollar (with the accompanying 100% tax) to any IFA they might wish to sign who wants to sign with the Cubs up through the end of the 2015-16 International Signing Period (ISP) on June 15th.

Unless the rules are changed in the next CBA (like if the long-anticipated "international draft" is implemented, even if it's just one or two rounds), the Cubs will be under severe signing restrictions in both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 ISPs such that they will not be able to sign any IFA subject to bonus restrictions for more than $300K for two full years, so they really should try and make the most of the remaining 3-1/2 months up to 6/15, and that would almost certainly involve pursuing most any decent Cuban IFA subject to ISP bonus restrictions who becomes available between now & then (since most-all of the best Dominican, Venezuelan, Central American, Mexican, and Pacific Rim IFA subject to ISP bonus restrictions have already signed). 

I love the fact that the Cubs are stockpiling a huge group of young Latin shortstops. Of course, not all will make it, but there is strength in numbers for sure. It will be interesting to see how aggressive they will be in the Cuban market.

I cant wait for AZ Phil's minor league reports. It should be an interesting camp.

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trump's daily temper tantrum and threats aside, the rickets family seems to be really bad at secretly spending money on politics.

Cubs have signed Manny Parra LHP to a minor league contract this morning.

Manny Parra joins Munenori Kawasaki as post-2015 Article XX-B free-agents who have signed 2016 minor league contracts with Cubs. 

An Article XX-B MLB free-agent who signs a minor league contract at least ten days prior to MLB Opening Day and then is either not released by 12 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day prior to MLB Opening Day or added to an MLB Active List (25-man roster) or MLB Disabled List by 3 PM (Eastern) on MLB Opening Day automatically receives a $100,000 retention bonus, and the player can unilaterally opt-out of the minor league contract on June 1st if he has not been added to an MLB Active List (25-man roster) or an MLB Disabled List by that date.

Chi Sox sign Jimmy Rollins to a minor league contract.

Starting to feel Cards are taking steps back. Hi Dale! http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/benjam...

"FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms that the Orioles are concerned with Yovani Gallardo's physical." this could impact the O's going after d.fowler. O's and cle are linked to him (with the "loser" of that chase expected to snag a.jackson). O's were heavily favored to snag fowler since they'd get a draft penalty for signing gallardo as it is.

Gallardo to the Rockies back in play? Eh? Eh?

ha. supposedly there might be some restructuring of the original agreed-to contract, but that seems to be speculation since it's not even being reported exactly what's irking the O's about his physical.

Obviously the free spending win now Reds are back in the picture

y.gallardo restructures to 2/20...2m buyout, 13m option.

Good luck in Baltimore, Dexter. You made a fan of me.

glad that's over...now CLE (or someone) needs to sign a.jackson before the cubs get any ideas about him. fowler rumored to be a 3/35 contract.

Good for you, Dexter -- you seemed like a good dude. Of course, I liked you much better after the All Star break than before.

Hello draft pick! /we wii always have LaTroy and Coors field, Dexter

You're really referring to the pick that will go to the Cardinals anyway?

Probably the one in the second round, that was going to the Cardinals, but comes to the Cubs if Fowler passes his Orioles physical.

Yes the 1st round and sandwich pick are both forfeited so 2nd round will be our first pick.

An MLB club that signs a Qualified Player forfeits its 1st round selection in the Rule 4 Draft, unless the club selects in the Top 10 of the 1st Round, in which case the club would forfeit its next-highest pick. NOTE: In determining whether a club would forfeit its 1st round draft pick, the ten "protected" picks at the top of the 1st round would NOT include any compensation draft pick received by a club for failing to sign a 1st round draft pick from a previous draft. 

The next highest draft pick (or draft picks) will be forfeited if the club signs more than one Qualified Player (one draft pick forfeited for each Qualified Player signed). Draft picks subject to forfeiture include the club's own Rule 4 picks, compensatory draft picks awarded to the club after losing an Article XX-B Qualified Player, and draft picks that were awarded as the result of the Competitive Balance Lottery or as the result of the Rule 4 SBP Forfeited Draft Pick lottery (including any lottery draft pick originally awarded to another club and then subsequently acquired in a trade). A compensatory draft pick awarded to a club for failing to sign a pick from a previous Rule 4 Draft is NOT subject to forfeiture. NOTE: A Rule 4 Draft pick forfeited as the result of a club signing a Qualified Player is not transferred to any other club (it just disappears).

If a Qualified Player signs a Major League contract with a new club after the MLB Rule 4 Draft, or if a Qualified Player signs a minor league contract with a new club and either remains in the minor leagues or is later added to the new club's MLB 40-man roster, the player's new club does NOT forfeit a Rule 4 Draft pick, and the player's former club does NOT receive Rule 4 Draft pick compensation. However, MLB clubs are not permitted to sign a Qualified Player to a minor league contract just to avoid losing a draft pick.

So the Cubs forfeited their 1st round pick when they signed John Lackey and they forfeited their 2nd round pick when they signed Jason Heyward, but they get the 2nd round pick back (which will be #68 overall as things stand right now) and instead will forfeit the compensatory draft pick they get for losing a Qualified Player (Dexter Fowler) as soon as Fowler's signing becomes official. 

Meanwhile, once the Fowler signing becomes official, the Orioles will forfeit their highest draft pick subject to forfeiture, but nobody gets that pick. It just disappears. Same goes for the Cubs 1st round draft pick and the Fowler compensatory draft pick the Cubs get (and then immediately forfeit). They just disappear, too. 

So I guess you can think of it this way... the Cubs traded Dexter Fowler and their 2016 1st round draft pick for Jason Heyward and John Lackey. 

I was wrong again, thanks for clearing up AZ Phil.

Dang PHIL. What happened to the good old days, Cir. 1965, where the "GM's" (were they even called that) would meet with cigars and scotch and the "January & June amateur Drafts" where players could sign for whomever gave 'em a contact? Of course in 1965 there were only like 20 teams too! Thanks again for the head-spinning details...

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  • Charlie 2 hours 9 min ago (view)

    What's that, crunch? Kris Bryant for Robinson Canoe? Bold call!

     

  • George Altman 4 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Phil, you used to put out a Top 10 or 20 Prospect list around the end of the AFL. Sometimes you would update mid year if trades or draft warranted. This is not false praise...your lists were more impactful than BA, MLB, BP to me, let alone the Cubs fan board lists. Today, the only thing I give any credence to are your evaluations and Fan Graphs Top 40. If the evaluator has only watched video then, hell, I can watch video.

     

  • crunch 8 hours 10 min ago (view)

    there is no way the 2-3 guys that created most of those cubs reports have seen much more than youtube video footage as far as "live" scouting.

    they seem very dedicated and eager, but there are some questionable things in their scouting reports.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 8 hours 55 min ago (view)

    I'd REALLY enjoy reading Phil's list with scouting reports!!! I'd definitely trust his ratings more than most!

    Here is what the ProspectsLive.com website says about seeing the players: "Our evaluation team has spent countless hours filling these boards with highly in-depth scouting reports from live looks and film study."

    Either way, in my opinion, it's good to read other people's evaluations, even when they vary from our own. It gets us thinking about how confident we are in our valuations and how much we're willing to modify them based on other people's reports!

     

  • Hagsag 10 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Phil, I am sure you could put together a more realistic list.

     

  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 46 min ago (view)

    No offense intended, but did anybody at this site actually see these guys play? 

    Chase Strumpf has only "40" power?!! Andy Weber even has more power than Strumpf? Seriously? Strumpf actually has plus-power. In fact, HR power is his #1 attribute. His power tool is probably at least "60" (maybe "65").   

    Both Ronnier Quintero and Aramis Ademan are "45" run? Really? Ademan has average speed ("50"), and Quintero is Miguel Montero 2.0. His run tool is probably "30" (on a good day). Quintero's plus raw tools are arm and power.  

     

  • Hagsag 15 hours 44 min ago (view)

    Thanks for the info.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    I just discovered this site: https://www.prospectslive.com/lists/2020/11/16/chi... (Sorry if you all know about it already!). 52 Cubs prospects listed with scouting reports! Really enjoying this one! :)

     

  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    we all knew trades were coming...getting rid of 1-2 of the core, but at this point i wonder how much (if any) of that free'd up loot is going back into the team.

     

  • Charlie 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    He clearly did not want to be remembered for selling off the core and then walking away from the team a year later. Can't blame him.

     

  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    every other contender is full of rumor news for who they'll sign...and the hot cubs rumor is kris bryant won't be traded before the wednesday arb offer deadline.  wee.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    jdrnym: The MLB contracts that are tendered on 12/2 via Central Tender Letter are are non-guaranteed contacts.

    And a player signed to a non-guaranteed contract who is released prior to MLB Opening Day receives 30 days salary (paid at the minor league rate for players with split contracts) if the player is released more than 15 days prior to Opening Day, or 45 days salary (paid at the MLB rate for players signed to split contracts) if the player is released 15 or fewer days prior to Opening Day as termination pay. 

     

  • jdrnym 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    If a player signs one of those deals that allows a split salary or incentives to be included, does that get treated like an arbitration salary in that it's only partially guaranteed until Opening Day?

     

  • bradsbeard 4 days 21 hours ago (view)

    Great info. Thanks! 

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 21 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: What happens on 12/2 is each club submits what's called a "Central Tender Letter" to the MLB LRD listing which unsigned players on the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) are being tendered a contract and which unsigned players are not being tendered a contract. 

    The CTL is sufficient as far as providing proof of contract tender.  

    For players being tendered contracts, the CTL must list the club's MLB salary offer, a minor league split salary offer (if the club so chooses), and performance bonuses (if any) the club is offering to the player.

     

  • crunch 5 days 6 hours ago (view)

    theo walked away from a big payday for an executive in his last season as a cub without having another job scoped out...and according to him he's not even looking one.

    something tells me this isn't going to be a fun off-season for cubs fans.

    the state of the cubs household aside, i wouldn't exactly be shocked to see theo with the mets, though he's supposedly not on their radar at the moment.