2012 DSL/VSL Top 20 Prospects

Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar signed for $1.55 million out of Curacao on July 2, 2009. After starting his career in the short-season Northwest League as a 17-year-old in 2010, Profar had a breakout season in 2011, made his major league debut in 2012 and is now the best prospect in baseball.

Usually it doesn’t all come together so quickly. For most Latin American prospects, the first stop is either the Dominican Summer League or the Venezuelan Summer League. While players like Profar, Braves righthander Julio Teheran or Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez occasionally are so advanced that they skip the DSL, the majority of the game’s best Latin American prospects made their pro debut outside of the United States. Twelve international prospects in the Top 100—Oscar Taveras, Xander Bogaerts, Miguel Sano, Carlos Martinez, Oswaldo Arcia, Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, Avisail Garcia, Marcell Ozuna, Yordano Ventura, Daniel Corcino and Bruce Rondon—all played in either the DSL or the VSL. Bogaerts and Martinez were on BA’s inaugural DSL/VSL Top 20 list in 2010 ($).

A player performing well in one of the Latin American summer leagues isn’t necessarily an indicator of future success, but players can elevate their prospect stock with a strong on-field performance, while a position player who struggles to hit in the DSL raises questions about whether he’ll ever be able to hit more advanced pitching. Performance matters less for pitchers at this level, since they are still growing into their bodies and can see their stuff jump up significantly when they do, but all players are ranked on this list based on their long-term major league potential. This year’s list of players from the 2012 DSL and VSL includes high-profile international signings from recent years as well as five players who signed for less than $100,000.

Players are listed in alphabetical order. Subscribers can read full reports on all 20 players ($).

Alfonso Alcantara, rhp, Angels

Jayson Aquino, lhp, Rockies

Abiatal Avelino, ss, Yankees

Oscar Cabrera, lhp, Blue Jays

Johan Camargo, ss/3b, Braves

Rafael DePaula, rhp, Yankees

Steven Fuentes, ss, Tigers

Gabriel Guerrero, of, Mariners

Vicente Lupo, of, Mets

Manuel Margot, of, Red Sox

Jose Martinez, rhp, Diamondbacks

Keury Mella, rhp, Giants

Joel Payamps, rhp, Rockies

Eduard Pinto, of, Rangers

Victor Reyes, of, Braves

Rolando Segovia, ss/2b/3b, Blue Jays

Antonio Senzatela, rhp, Rockies

Cristian Toribio, ss, Rays

Daury Torrez, rhp, Cubs

Jose Urena, of, Padres