ESPN's Jorge Arangure writes that there
are concerns in organizations that if the International Draft does come to light
in the next collective bargaining agreement meeting that baseball in the
Dominican will fall by the wayside like it did in
The international free agent world meets the extreme drug scene. Former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher and current buscone Arias Castillo is being held in jail after being found with cocaine and guns in his truck. Castillo's career was gradually picking up as he helped several players get signed by major league organizations recently. Sports Illustrated
Other Organizations' Prospects
Colorado Rockies DSL pitcher Jose Belen was suspended 50-games for a failed drug test. MiLB Official Site
The Cleveland Indians have voided the contracts of Dominicans Steve Lebron, Manuel Boscan, and Jeffry Ceto after all three failed drug tests. The Indians are planning on implementing their own testing. Listin Diario
Haitian outfielder Joel Cayot Gaillard, who signed with the Houston Astros, is still waiting for the MLB to verify his age and identity. MLB says it does not have the staff to do the background check and Gaillard can not play or even get paid until this all happens. Listin Diario
International Free Agents
The Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics, New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers, and Colorado Rockies all reportedly have some interest in Dominican shortstop Luis Marte, who is currently playing in the Dominican Prospect League. Dominican Prospect League Official Site
The Dominican Prospect League is posting up summaries and videos of some of the top players in the league. Currently up: outfielder Edwin Moreno, shortstop Esteilon Peguero, third baseman Hector Veloz, left-handed pitcher Geronimo Fransua, centerfielder Yoel Araujo, centerfielder Kelvin Vizcaino, and shortstop Jean Carlos Batista. Domincan Prospect League Scouts Corner
The Dominican Prospect League has decided to extend their regular season beginning on April 7th and running through June 2nd. Dominican Prospect League Official Site
20 plus scouts came out to see Cubans Jose Julio Ruiz and Yadil Mujica for their first workouts since hiring new agents.
Nine Spanish prospects have been
invited to a ten-day training camp at
The Caribes de Anzoategui have decided not to bring back manager Omar Malave for the 2010-11 season. Comandante del Beisbol
Korean Baseball Organization
22-year old Korean left fielder
Kim Hyun-Soo said he
would like to one day play with Albert Pujols (
(Former Quad Cities), Juan
Lucena (Former Springfield), and Jonathan Sivira (Former Quad
Cities) are representing
Javier Colina (Former
Cardenales de Lara of the Venezuelan League named John Tamargo (Former St. Louis) their manager for the 2010-11 season. Tamargo currently manages the Clinton Lumber Kings, a Seattle Mariners' Single-A minor league club. Comandante del Beisbol
New South Whales Patriots'
(Former Palm Beach) won the 2010 Helms Award awarded to
The Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League sold the rights to Julio Manon (Former Johnson City) to the Newark Bears. He was the closer for Azucareros in the Dominican League during the regular season, later pitched for Magallanes in the Venezuelan League playoffs, and joined Escogido (Dominican) for the Caribbean Series.
The Somerset Patriots signed Josh Pressley to a contract for the 2010 season. Pressley played for Estrellas in the Dominican League this past winter.
Olmecas de Tabasco of the Triple-A Mexican League signed Matt Perisho to a contract for the 2010 season. He was released by Acereros de Monclova during spring camp.
The Yuma Scorpions of the
independent Golden Baseball League signed Bill Pulsipher to a contract for
the 2010 season. Pulsipher pitched in the starting rotation for
Juan Mosquera (Former GCL) is playing for Panama Metro in the Panama League Playoffs:
Mar. 23: Started at second base and batted ninth. 1-for-4 with one double, two RBIs, and one error.
Mar. 24: Started at second base and batted ninth. 0-for-3 at the plate.
Mar. 25: Started at third base and batted ninth. 0-for-3 at the plate.
Mar. 26: Started in the outfield and batted eighth. 1-for-2 at the plate.
Mar. 28: Entered late in the game at third base. 0-for-1 at the plate.
Mar 23: Entered in the fourth and pitched two-thirds of an inning. He allowed no hits, two earned runs, two walks, and struck one out.
Mar. 25: Entered in the fifth and pitched one inning. He allowed no hits or runs, and one walk.
Panama Metro is currently 4-5 and in first place in the Group A Division.
No stat updates on Edgard Montiel (Former DSL) from
Ivan Bellazetin (Former MiLB Spring Invite) has played in six games going 4-for-20 (.200) with one double, two RBIs, five total bases, four runs, four strikeouts, .200 OBP, .250 SLG, and .450 OPS. Mintitlan is 3-8 and tied for seventh in the Triple-A Mexican League Hidalgo Division.
Iker Franco (Former Springfield) has played in 11 games going 9-for-43 (.209) with two doubles, one home run, six RBIs, 14 total bases, four runs, five walks, 11 strikeouts, one caught stealing, .292 OBP, .326 SLG, and .617 OPS. Quintana Roo is 5-6 and tied for fifth in the Triple-A Mexican League Hidalgo Division.
D'Angelo Jimenez (Former Memphis) has played in 11
games going 12-for-44 (.273) with two doubnles, two home runs, five RBIs,
11 runs, 20 total bases, seven walks, five strikeouts, .373 OBP, .455 SLG, and
(Former St. Louis) has played in 11 games going 4-for-41 (.098) with two home
runs, three RBIs, five runs, ten total bases, four walks, six strikeouts, .213
OBP, .244 SLG, and .457 OPS.
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