The July 2nd international signing period is nearing, but that doesn't mean that teams have stopped bringing already-eligible international talent into the fold. Over the past two months, the Oakland A's have made three international signings, and those contracts have been approved by Major League Baseball's Commissioners Office.
Infielder Jean Carlo Rodriguez, whose signing was originally reported by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, had his contract approved by the Commissioner in late March, according to the head of the A's international scouting department, Sam Geaney.
Rodriguez is from Panama. There he was coached by A's scout Juan Mosquera in the Panama National Tournament in January. Mosquera identified Rodriguez as a player to sign for the A's. Rodriguez has already made a strong impression on the A's coaching staff during pre-season play at the A's academy in the Dominican Republic, according to Geaney.
"He's a good baseball player who can swing the bat and play multiple spots in the infield," Geaney said in an email.
According to Geaney, Magellanes was a pitcher the A's had been tracking for some time before they signed him. The 17-year-old has family ties to the A's organization. His uncle is David Brito Santamaria, the A's Dominican Summer League pitching coach. The 6'2'', 180-pounder participated in MLB's Venezuela versus the Dominican Republic showcase in January 2012. He was highlighted as a prospect of note from that showcase by Perfect Game.
Magellanes' fastball was clocked in the 88-90 MPH range during that showcase, according to dplbaseball.com.
"[He has a] projectable body and arm with chance to throw harder in the future," Geaney said.
Guzman, who turned 18 on March 10th, is another player the A's were tracking for awhile before his signing, according to Geaney. The 6'2'', 210-pounder has a well-built frame. He was part of the Born To Play Academy, which is the same academy that produced A's prospect Michael Ynoa, as well as several other high-profile prospects. Geaney says that Guzman has developing power at the plate and in his throwing arm.
Raymond Abreu led the A's scouting staff in the Dominican that scouted and recommended signing both Magellanes and Guzman.