Kansas City Royals 2020-21 International Signing Preview
This is part of Ben Badler's 2020-21 international signing day preview. You can also find his international big board of 2020 prospects here.
The centerpiece of the Royals' 2019 signing class was Erick Peña, a Dominican outfielder who got $3,897,500 and is one of the top 10 prospects in the organization.
Their top targets in the 2020-21 class that opens on Jan. 15 are a pair of shortstops from the Dominican Republic. One of them is Daniel Vasquez, one of the top prospects in the class with a bonus that should come in the $1.5 to $2 million area. Vasquez has trended in the right direction as he's grown into a taller, lean frame with high physical upside and athleticism in the middle of the diamond. He moves around well at shortstop with fluid actions and body control, along with a short righthanded swing with good bat-to-ball skills and power that should come as he fils out his 6-foot-2, 158-pound frame. He trains with Jaime Ramos.
A second Dominican shortstop the Royals are expected to sign is Yosmi Fernandez from the MB Academy, with Fernandez likely signing a bonus around $800,000. Fernandez has good actions at shortstop and solid instincts for the game. He's a switch-hitter with a swing geared for line drives, but he will need to get stronger to be able to do more damage.
The Royals are also expected to sign a pair of Venezuelan hitters who train with Yasser Mendez. One is Sebastian Ramirez, a lefthanded outfielder with impressive raw tools between his speed, arm strength and raw power, though he's still learning to translate it into games at the plate. The other is 5-foot-10 shortstop Diego Guzman, an instinctive player with soft hands and good actions in the field along with a contact-oriented offensive game from the right side.
Angel Parra, a lefthanded outfielder from the Dominican Republic with good bat control and a short, quick swing is another Royals target, with a bonus in the low six-figure area.
Other expected signings for the Royals include catchers Steven Cespedes (Dominican Republic) and Osman Bravo (Venezuela) and Venezuelan outfielder Junior Marin.