International Reviews: Detroit Tigers

See also: 2015 Tigers International Review

See also: 2014 Tigers International Review

See also: 2013 Tigers International Review

Top 2016-17 signing: SS Wenceel Perez, Dominican Republic, $550,000.

Total signings: 33.


In the uncapped bonus pool era, the Tigers never went past their pool allotment, which typically was among the smallest in baseball with the major league club's success. Many of their best international signings from recent years are now with other organizations. The most prominent is shortstop Willy Adames, who the Tigers signed for $420,000 in 2012, traded to the Rays in the 2014 David Price deal and is now the No. 10 prospect in baseball. Dominican righthander David Paulino, a 2010 Tigers signing traded to the Astros in 2013, is the No. 51 prospect in the game. Dominican shortstop Domingo Leyba, signed in 2012, was shipped to the Diamondbacks in 2014 and is Arizona's No. 3 prospect.

Going forward, expect to see more million-dollar bonuses from the Tigers now that they're jumping from an annual bonus pool of around $2 million up to at least $4.75 million starting this year. In 2016-17, the Tigers spread their money around, with their top bonus ($550,000) going to 17-year-old Dominican shortstop Wenceel Perez on July 2. Perez, like the organization's other international signings, is expected to debut this year in the Dominican Summer League.

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