2014 International Reviews: Minnesota Twins

See also: 2013 Twins International Review

See also: 2012 Twins International Review

See also: 2011 American League Central International Reviews

See also: 2010 American League Central International Reviews


Top signing: RHP Huascar Ynoa, Dominican Republic, $800,000.

Six-figure signings: OF Jean Carlos Arias (Dominican Republic), LHP Lachlan Wells (Australia), LHP Luis Bellorin (Venezuela), OF Jose Bermudez (Venezuela), 1B Jack Barrie (Australia), RHP Brusdar Graterol (Venezuela), RHP Moises Gomez (Dominican Republic).

Total signings: 22.

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Aside from Cuban players, the most glowing reports I've ever received from scouts on international players since 2008 were for Michael Ynoa and Miguel Sano. Ynoa, a righthander from the Dominican Republic, signed with Oakland when he was 16 on July 2, 2008 for $4.25 million, which at the time set an international amateur record, since eclipsed by Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara. Ynoa's career has been derailed by injuries, with a total of nine innings in his first three seasons, and the A's have since dumped him to the White Sox as a throw-in as part of the Jeff Samardzija trade. At the time Ynoa signed, he had a 10-year-old brother, Huascar Ynoa, who blossomed into one of the best pitching prospects in Latin America last year. After Ynoa dominated at the MLB international showcase last year in February, he looked like he had a chance to be the highest-paid pitcher on the market, but erratic performances after that, including a pair of outings with the International Prospect League in Arizona during spring training, dinged his stock before he signed with the Twins for $800,000 on July 2.

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