Top International Targets

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Finding a consensus on how to rank the top players in Latin America based on talent alone is a challenge.

While there is typically agreement among scouts about the pool of players from which first-round picks will come in any given draft, the variance of opinions on 15- and 16-year-olds in Latin America is considerable. One team’s $1 million player can be a $90,000 guy for another club.

The players below are ranked according to their expected signing bonuses, based on conversations with international sources, and not necessarily their projected talent level. That distinction is important enough to repeat: The rankings are a forecast of the expected top 40 signing bonuses, NOT a ranking of the top talent in Latin America. Think of the top 40 as our mock draft for Latin America rather than our predraft Top 200 rankings.

More than a dozen players will likely get bonuses of at least $1 million this year. As with any year in Latin America, there are sure to be less visible players who pop up and sign for surprising amounts as well.

Only Baseball America subscribers have complete access to scouting reports on all of the players on the Top 40 list and our forecasts for all 30 teams.

1. Elier Hernandez, OF, Dominican Republic (video)

2. Ronald Guzman, OF, Dominican Republic (video)

3. Victor Sanchez, RHP, Venezuela

4. Roberto Osuna, RHP, Mexico

5. Wilmer Becerra, SS/OF, Venezuela

6. Dawel Lugo, SS, Dominican Republic (video)

7. Jose Ruiz, C, Venezuela

8. Marck Malave, C, Venezuela

9. Luis Enrique Acosta, SS, Dominican Republic

10. Nomar Mazara, OF, Dominican Republic

11. Helsin Martinez, OF, Dominican Republic

12. Adalberto Mondesi, SS, Dominican Republic (video)

13. Luis Reynoso, SS, Dominican Republic (video)

14. Dorssys Paulino, SS, Dominican Republic

15. Harold Ramirez, OF, Colombia

16. Manuel Marcos, OF, Dominican Republic

17. Raimel Flores, SS, Dominican Republic

18. Franmil Reyes, OF, Dominican Republic (video)

19. Yohander Mendez, LHP, Venezuea

20. Miguel Andujar, 3B, Dominican Republic (video)

21. Jesus Gonzalez, OF, Venezuela

22. Miguel Gonzalez, RHP, Dominican Republic

23. Elvis Escobar, OF, Venezuela

24. Jose Garcia, C, Venezuela

25. Carlos Tocci, OF, Venezuela

26. Adelin Santa, 3B, Dominican Republic

27. Antonio Senzatela, RHP, Venezuela

28. Mauricio Silva, RHP, Venezuela

29. Anthony Santander, OF, Venezuela

30. Ricardo Marcano, 3B, Venezuela

31. Manuel Gonzalez, RHP, Dominican Republic

32. Gialy Arias, RHP, Dominican Republic

33. Manuel Cordoba, RHP, Venezuela

34. Sanber Pimentel, OF/1B, Dominican Republic

35. Jose Godoy, C, Venezuela

36. Eric Otanez, C, Dominican Republic

37. Yairo Munoz, SS, Dominican Republic (video)

38. Soid Marquez, RHP, Venezuela

39. Jonathan Perez, RHP, Venezuela (video)

40. Arturo Michelena, SS, Venezuela