A's Ink More International Talent

The Oakland A's have stated their intentions to allocate more resources towards their scouting efforts overseas. Earlier this off-season, the A's inked three Latin American prospects to six-figure deals: Arnold Leon, Franklyn Contreras and Omar Castillo. Since that time, the A's have added five more young international free agents. We have the details of those signings inside…

Over the past several weeks, the Oakland A's have inked five international free agents: Robin Rosario, Jensi Peralta, Anderson Fortuna, Wilkin Brand and Wander Rodriguez. According to Baseball America, Rosario was given a $350,000 bonus, the largest bonus ever given by Oakland to an international signee.

Oakland A's Director of Scouting Eric Kubota told OaklandClubhouse.com on Thursday that Rosario has "one of the best OF arms [he has] ever scouted." Rosario has above-average speed and profiles as a centerfielder. The 6'1'' outfielder is 17 years old.

When asked to compare Rosario's throwing arm to that of former A's prospects Alexi Ogando and Marcus McBeth (both of whom were well-known for their arm strength and were eventually converted to the mound), Kubota indicated that Rosario's arm compared favorably.

"He is a little raw with the bat but has a chance to have a lot of power," Kubota stated.

"He's a ways off but has a chance to be a five-tool guy."

Rosario is likely to play in the Dominican Summer League in 2008.

Fortuna and Rodriguez are both right-handed pitchers. Fortuna is 18 years old and has a projectable body. According to Kubota, Fortuna has a "good sinker and chance for solid breaking ball."

"He reminds some of Jose Jimenez," Kubota stated.

Rodriguez reminds the A's scouting staff of Luis Vizcaino when the hard throwing reliever was first coming up the A's chain. According to Kubota, Rodriguez, a 17-year-old, has a loose, quick arm and a lot of room to develop.

Peralta and Brand are both 16-year-old position players. Kubota said that Peralta has a "very good body with very good defensive skills, soft hands and a plus arm."

"He has strength in the bat to work with," Kubota stated.

Brand is a switch-hitting middle infielder with plus speed and good hands. According to Kubota, Brand "can fly [and has] a good contact approach" at the plate. Kubota also indicated that Brand may wind up ultimately at second base.

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