2015 International Signees Vying For Top 100 Prospects Status
These players from the 2015 international signing class were vying to make the Top 100 Prospects.
LEODY TAVERAS, OF RANGERS
Taveras ranked as the No. 3 international prospect in the 2015 class, played in the Futures Game last year and shines defensively in center field. How much offensive impact Taveras will deliver is still in question as he repeats the high Class A Carolina League.
MIGUEL AMAYA, C CUBS
The top 2015 prospect from Panama, Amaya joined Taveras at the Futures Game last year and ranks as the Cubs’ No. 2 prospect in part because of his impressive all-fields power.
LUCIUS FOX, SS RAYS
Aside from Cuban players, Fox signed the biggest deal of the 2015 class, landing a $6 million bonus from the Giants as the No. 4 international prospect. Traded to the Rays the next year in the Matt Moore deal, Fox shows promising plate patience, speed and quick-burst athleticism at Double-A, though without much extra-base thump.
SEULY MATIAS, OF ROYALS
Matias was the No. 7 international prospect in 2015, when the Royals signed him out of the Dominican Republic for $2.25 million. Limited pitch recognition skills lead to few walks and many strikeouts, but his raw power ranks up there with any prospect in the minors.
EDWARD CABRERA, RHP MARLINS
Cabrera touched 91-92 mph when the Marlins signed him for $100,000. His velocity jumped into the mid-90s in the fall and he now is one of the team’s top young arms.
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WANDER JAVIER, SS TWINS
Javier signed for $4 million but has played just 50 games because of myriad injuries. While he hasn’t made his full-season debut yet, he has shown exciting tools and premium athleticism.
ANDRES MUNOZ, RHP PADRES
Munoz is a reliever who doesn’t have much feel for where the ball is going, but he can throw 103 mph and had missed a ton of bats at Double-A.
BRYAN MATA, RHP RED SOX
Signed out of Venezuela for $25,000, Mata pitched in the Futures Game last year, though he struggled with walks during the regular season.
LUIS OVIEDO, RHP INDIANS
The Indians signed Oviedo out of Venezuela for $375,000. He has a project-able body and a fastball that scraped the low 90s. Having added significant mass, he now reaches 98 mph and shows good feel for his secondary stuff.