July 2 Projected Top 33 Bonuses
The players below are ranked based on their projected signing bonuses, not necessarily their future talent levels. While those two should theoretically align, teams often have extremely different views and place wildly different values on 15- and 16-year-old players scouted in Latin America. That distinction is important enough to repeat: The rankings are based not on talent, but on a forecast of the market. They are not Baseball America's rankings of the top 33 players in Latin America. Think of them more along the lines of our mock draft than our predraft Top 200 rankings.
The players at the top of the class have established their position fairly well. After the top dozen or so players, there could be significant variance in how much players sign for. There will undoubtedly be other less-known players who pop up and sign for top dollars as well. With reports of possibly half of the 40 Dominican players who had to register with Major League Baseball having failed their drug tests and MLB having still not completed its age and identity investigations, a player ranked below could suddenly see his value plummet if something comes up during his background check. These rankings are our best forecast of the market, based on conversations with scouts throughout the industry.
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1. Esteilon Peguero, SS, Dominican Republic (video)
2. Luis Heredia, RHP, Mexico
3. Adonis Cardona, RHP, Venezuela
4. Renato Nunez, 3B, Venezuela (video)
5. Eskarlin Vazquez, RF, Dominican Republic
6. Phillips Castillo, OF, Dominican Republic
7. Vicmal de la Cruz, CF, Dominican Republic (video)
8. Rougned Odor, SS, Venezuela (video)
9. Wilmer Romero, CF, Dominican Republic (video)
10. Ariel Ovando, OF, Dominican Republic (video)
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11. Humberto Arteaga, SS, Venezuela
12. Jose Torres, RHP, Colombia
13. Yorman Garcia, CF, Venezuela
14. Gabriel Cenas, 3B, Venezuela
15. Elvis Sanchez, 3B, Dominican Republic
16. Angel Mejias, LHP, Venezuela
17. Yoel Araujo, CF, Dominican Republic (video)
18. Jordi Calderon, 3B, Venezuela
19. Edwin Moreno, OF, Dominican Republic (video)
20. Argy Raga, C, Venezuela
21. Alberto Triunfel, SS, Dominican Republic
22. Jose Tovar, LHP, Venezuela
23. Pedro Perez, 3B, Colombia
24. Yorman Landa, RHP, Venezuela
25. Vicente Lupo, OF, Venezuela
26. Antonio Gonzalez, SS, Dominican Republic
27. Geronimo Franzua, LHP, Dominican Republic (video)
28. Ronny Mejias, SS, Venezuela
29. Christopher Tamarez, SS, Dominican Republic
30. Luis Abad, RHP, Dominican Republic
31. Felix Jorge, RHP, Dominican Republic
32. Javier Pimentel, SS, Dominican Republic
33. Anderson Gonzalez, SS, Venezuela