International signing day: Top prospect tracker – MLB.com

Welcome to July 2, the start of the international signing period, and the date unofficially known in baseball circles as “international signing day.” It’s the day careers are launched and the lives of teenage ballplayers across the globe are changed forever.

:: 2018 International Signing Period ::

As is the case every year, what happens between today and when the period ends June 15, 2019, can help change the trajectory of a franchise. Consider this: Five of the top six prospects in the game — Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr., Blue Jays outfielder Vladimir Guerrero Jr., White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez, Padres outfielder Fernando Tatis Jr. and Nationals outfielder Victor Robles — were all signed during the international signing period. Players like Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres and Nats outfielder Juan Soto were also acquired through the international market, and more talent is on the way.

In addition to prospects from traditional baseball hot spots like the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil and the Bahamas, there are also prospects from places like Europe, the Caribbean islands and Asia who have registered and will sign during the period. In all, more than 950 prospects signed during the previous international signing period that started July 2, 2017. That number could increase during the 2018-19 period because there are thousands who have registered to become eligible.

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Below is a look at which players from MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 International Prospects list have agreed to terms with clubs, and for how much. Unless otherwise noted, clubs have not confirmed the deals.

The market is still to be determined for players like No. 9 Osiel Rodriguez and No. 14 Sandy Gaston, who have yet to agree to deals. Kevin Alcantara, who is ranked No.

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