Arizona Diamondbacks 2020-21 International Signing Preview
Between shortstop Geraldo Perdomo, outfielder Kristian Robinson and shortstop Liover Peguero, the D-backs had three homegrown international signings in their top 10 prospects after the 2019 season, with Peguero now a top 10 prospect for the Pirates after getting moved there in the Starling Marte trade.
After a deep 2019 signing class, the D-backs biggest bonus in the upcoming period that starts on Jan. 15 is expected to go to Manuel Peña, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound shortstop from the Dominican Republic with a sweet lefthanded swing. Peña, expected to sign for a little under $1.5 million, has impressed scouts highest on him for his ability to hit in games with a good approach and the strength projection to grow into power. He should start his career at shortstop, though he most likely ends up at third or second base.
Arizona's other big signing is expected to be Venezuelan shortstop Jefferson Peña. Big doesn't refer to Peña's stature—he's 5-foot-8, 154 pounds—but he was a favorite among some scouts for his mix of skills and tools despite not having a ton of physical projection. Peña has hit well in games with a quick, aggressive swing and has driven the ball with surprising impact for his size. He's a plus runner for now, with some scouts projecting him to move to second base or center field.
They're also linked to one of the top catchers in Venezuela, Kenny Castillo. He's an offensive-oriented catcher who has made progress with his receiving to be able to stay behind the plate, with at least an average arm.
Another Venezuelan player to watch for the D-backs in the upcoming class is Carlos Sanchez, a 5-foot-9, lefthanded center fielder with plus speed who has hit well in games and shown good instincts in all phases of the game.
Other notable players expected to join the D-backs signing class include Dominican shortstops Ezequiel Surun and Alexander Benua, Dominican outfielder Kevin Santos, Venezuelan lefthander Deyer Zapata, Venezuelan shortstop Jose Fernandez, Venezuelan catcher Adrian de Leon as well as Jakey Josepha, a shortstop from Curacao.