DPL/ June 9th 2012
The Dominican Prospect League and Perfect Game USA collaborated to produce the first International Series Tournament at the plush New York Yankees complex in Boca-Chica, Dominican Republic. More than 100 players combined sign eligible, 2012 and 2013 July 2nd prospects from Venezuela, Panama, Colombia and Dominican Republic participated in the 5 day event. With 4 weeks left until the July 2nd signing period begins, the venue drew the attention of more than 120 professional scouts per day including International directors evaluating prospects they will pursue. Louisville Slugger and Redbull were on hand providing product and interacting with the DPL players.
The first day of the event was focused on showcasing the underclassmen that will be eligible in 2013. Hector Martinez-SS ran a 6.6 60 yard dash and showed surprising power in BP. Bryan Olmo ran a 6.7, showing bat speed, and arm strength. Felix Osorio-OF impressed with his power stroke hitting balls over the center field batters eye. Luis Asuncion-OF continued the 2013 power display hitting monstrous shots in BP. Lewis Diaz-OF showed off his LHH power stroke and plus arm strength. Mayky Perez-RHP threw 2-Inn in a simulated game with FB velocity 86-90mph, CB 73-74mph solid rotation; he showed a feel for pitching and command of the strike zone. Christopher Hidalgo-LHP showed an easy delivery with touch and feel, FB velocity 82-84 mph with a good feel for CB and command of the strike zone.
Leurys Vargas-1B/3B Samir Duenes-3B Hector Roa Jr.
The 2012 class and Eligible players started tournament play on Tuesday where a group prospects emerged during the week. Hector Roa Jr went 3 for 6 with a triple, HR and 4-RBI, Leurys Vargas-1B placed power frenzy during BP and went 2 for 6, Yancarlos Baez-SS played solid defense and went 3 for 5. Venezuelan Samir Duenez-3B showed impressive power stroke going 3 for 5. Frandy Delarosa-SS went 4 for 6 as he doubled and scored twice. Jhobenin Alvarez-OF 2 for 6, 3-RBI showing speed and defensive skills and Venezuelan Jose Pernalete –C went 4 for 7.
Pitchers Rafael Paulino-RHP threw 3inn and stuck out the grid (9k) FB velocity 88-89mph and changed speeds well. Wilfrido Magallanes-RHP went 3 Inn allowed 1-H, 3-k with FB velocity 88-90mph. Roquely Ortiz-RHP FB velocity 88-91mph and solid CB-CH 2 Inn, 2-H, 2-k. Winder Novas-RHP FB velocity 85-88mph 2-Inn, 1-H, 4-k. Nelson Tolentino threw 3 Inn , 4k at FB velocity 88-90mph. Gianny Francciolla 2.1 Inn, 6-k.
The final day of the week was the All-Tournament game where 3B Nathanael Javier was named MVP, he had quality AB’s going 3 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI carrying the blue team to victory. Venezuelan RHP Julio Pinto was named pitching MVP, he was aggressive in the zone at 88-91mph, showed a sharp CB and changed speeds well.
Nathanael Javier 3B Julio Pinto-RHP
The inaugural DPL*PG International Series was a complete success. There were many sign eligible DPL players who reached agreements with professional teams. The following players will start their professional careers in the rookie level Dominican Summer League which began last weekend.
Jose Pernalete-C / Arizona Diamond Backs
Yeudis Penalo-RHP / Arizona Diamond Backs
Andin Diaz-LHP / Chicago Cubs
Gianny Francciolla-LHP /Texas Rangers
Greyfer Eregua-RHP / Chicago Cubs
Francisco Carrillo-RHP / Chicago Cubs
Tomas Alvarez-MIF / Washington Nationals
Thanks to Perfect Game, Louisville Slugger, Xenith Helmets, Redbull, the New York Yankees organization, Independent Trainers, Players and our DPL staff for their collaboration.