The Dominican Prospect League sets new Record for July 2nd Signings

Brian Mejia, Ulises Cabrera, Manny Acta, Juan Marichal, Carlos Jose Lugo, Roberto Morales, Juan Pena DPL Class of 2015 The Dominican Prospect League (DPL) has established itself as the largest player in the international signing period over its six years of existence, producing the most prospect to sign professional baseball contracts of any entity in the world. The DPL, who have helped close to 60 prospects reach agreements since July 2nd 2015, also shattered the record for total bonuses awarded to 16 year old players in the first week of an international signing period. This year, DPL players were awarded signing bonuses that amount to more than $46.0M. Once again, the DPL fulfilled their role as mentors, bringing joy and success to the handful of 16-17 year old prospects that belonged to the prestigious organization.… Read More

Seuly Matias signs with the KC Royals

Seuly Matias Hometown: La Vega, Dominican Republic Position: OF Age: 16 DOB: 9/4/1998 Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6’2″ Weight: 190 lb. Scouting grades:Hit: 50 | Power: 55 | Run: 50 | Arm: 60 | Field: 50 Matias can run, he can throw and he can hit for power. Many scouts believe he has the best overall package of tools in the class. He might also have the best projectable body. The teenager projects to be extremely physical, and he could end up too big to stay in the middle of the infield. It’s unclear if his run tool will impact his overall game, but his arm definitely will. Matias could have a plus arm in the future with plus raw power.… Read More

Jeison Guzman signs with the KC Royals

Jeison Guzman Hometown: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Position: SS Age: 16 DOB: 10/8/1998 Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6’2″ Weight: 175 lb. Scouting grades:Hit: 50 | Power: 40 | Run: 40 | Arm: 50 | Field: 60 Jeison developed with Jon Carmona at La Javilla academy in Santo Domingo, he was selected to the 2015 DPL Elite Travel Team. One of the top defensive shortstops in the class, scouts love Guzman’s combination of athleticism, quick feet and actions on defense. He’s also been praised for his soft hands, instincts and a first-step quickness that allows him to get to balls that other infielders can’t reach. On offense, Guzman has a decent bat and he has a chance to hit, but that part of his game remains a work in progress.… Read More

Vlady Jr. agrees with the Blujays

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Hometown: Nizao, Dominican Republic Position: OF Age: 16 DOB: 3/16/1999 Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6’0″ Weight: 220 lb. Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 65 | Run: 35 | Arm: 45 | Field: 45 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Son of nine-time All-Star and 2004 American League Most Valuable Player Vladimir Guerrero, the right-handed batter could be the best overall hitter in the class. He is trained by his uncle Wilton Guerrero, a former Major Leaguer and Vlad Sr.’s brother, in Don Gregorio, D.R. Guerrero Jr. also has big raw power, and he continues evolve as a hitter. He reminds some scouts of his father, and Vlad Jr. has shown the ability to hit a pitch almost anywhere it is thrown, but his overall body frame is much bigger than his father’s was at the same age.… Read More

The Phillies acquire an impact bat in Ortiz

Jhailyn Ortiz Hometown: Constanza, Dominican Republic Position: OF Age: 16 DOB: 11/18/1998 Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6’2″ Weight: 260 lb. Scouting grades:Hit: 50 | Power: 65 | Run: 35 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 Jhailyn Ortiz Jhailyn developed his skills with Baltazar Mesa in Santo Domingo, Baltazar is the brother of former Major Leaguer Jose Mesa. Ortiz has the most raw power in the entire class, the type of power scouts have not seen from a player his age in years. The teenager puts on a show during batting practice and more importantly, he has shown the ability to hit for power in games. His home runs are legendary, and his line drives into the gaps are just as impressive.… Read More

Raffy Ozuna signs with St Louis Cardinals

Raffy Ozuna signs with the Cards   In a year where multiple players in the 2015 July 2nd class have baseball bloodlines the likes of Vladimir Guerrero and Fernando Tatis, Raffy Ozuna keeps the consistency. The son of ex Dodgers farm hand and present coach at Dodgers affiliate Rancho Cucamonga Rafael Ozuna was a globetrotting player, appearing for teams in the Dominican Republic, United States, Taiwan and Italy. Raffy stands 6´2 175lb, he has an athletic wiry body and natural baseball instincts. He is a switch hitting Short Stop with gap power from both sides of the plate. Ozuna´s defensive skills are polished, he has solid range, great fielding actions and plus arm strength. He was selected to the 2014 DPL Elite Travel Team and had an outstanding year.… Read More

Carlos Vargas and the Mariners agree to terms

Carlos Vargas Hometown: San Cristobal, Dominican Republic Position: SS Age: 16 DOB: 3/18/1999 Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6’3″ Weight: 180 lb. Scouting grades:Hit: 50 | Power: 50 | Run: 30 | Arm: 60 | Field: 50 From Moca, Dominican Republic, Vargas has a brother named Emilio who plays in the Minors for San Diego Padres, and it’s obvious Emilio has passed down the lessons that come with being a professional athlete to his younger brother. In short, Carlos carries himself with a confidence that is beyond his years. Scouts like his raw power and projectable body, and many believe he will have a chance to hit for power in games in the future. On defense, Vargas could be athletic enough to stay at shortstop as he matures, but he could also end up at third base.… Read More

Tatis Jr. signs with the WhiteSox

Fernando Tatis Jr. Hometown: San Pedro, Belize Position: SS Age: 16 DOB: 1/2/1999 Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6’1″ Weight: 175 lb. Scouting grades:Hit: 50 | Power: 40 | Run: 50 | Arm: 60 | Field: 50 Fernando Tatis Jr. The son of former Major League infielder Fernando Tatis Sr., the teenage infielder grew up around the game, and it shows. He developed with Giovani ¨Sabino¨ Ubiera in San Pedro de Macoris Scouts like Tatis Jr.’s swing, his strong arm and his fluid actions on defense. He’s shown decent arm strength and raw power to his pull side. Tatis Jr.’s knack for barreling up balls and his repeatable swing have also impressed evaluators. Some believe Tatis Jr. can play multiple positions and could end up at second or third base or even in the outfield.… Read More