MLB International Prospects Signing Day 2023 – MLB.com

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It’s been called international signing day. Others have referred to it as the international day of joy.
Jan. 15 is officially known as the first day of the international signing period and it means everything to the prospects from across the globe who sign during the 11-month span.
For these prospects, it is their first step in professional baseball. It’s also when their dreams are realized.
The international signing period runs through Dec. 15, 2023. Here is a look at which players from MLB Pipeline's Top 50 International Prospects list have agreed to terms with clubs, according to sources, and for how much. Unless otherwise noted, clubs have not confirmed the deals.
1. Ethan Salas, C, Ven.: Padres+ ($5,600,000) More »
2. Felnin Celesten, SS, D.R.: Mariners ($4,700,000) More »
3. Joendry Vargas, SS, D.R.: Dodgers+ ($2,077,500) More »
4. Alfredo Duno, C, Ven.: Reds+ ($3,100,000) More »
5. Luis Morales, RHP, Cuba: Athletics+ (3,000,000) More »
6. Derniche Valdez, SS, D.R.: Cubs ($2,800,000) More »
7. Enmanuel Bonilla, OF, D.R.: Blue Jays+ ($4,100,000) More »
8. Sebastian Walcott, SS, Bahamas: Rangers+ More »
9. Brando Mayea, OF, Cuba: Yankees ($4,350,000) More »
10. Jun-Seok Shim, RHP, S. Korea: Pirates+ More »
11. Ariel Castro, OF, Cuba: Twins ($2,500,000) More »
12. Brailer Guerrero, OF, D.R.: Rays ($3,700,000) More »
13. Jesus Caba, SS, D.R.: Phillies ($3,000,000) More »
14. Ludwig Espinoza, SS, Ven.: Cubs ($1,000,000) More »
15. Rayner Arias, OF, D.R.: Giants ($2,697,500) More »
16. Janero Miller, OF, Bahamas: Marlins More »
17. Camilo Diaz, OF, D.R.: Astros+ ($2,250,000) More »
18. Gian Zapata, OF, D.R.: D-backs ($950,000) More »
19. Angel Cepeda, SS, D.R.: Cubs ($1,000,000) More »
20. Luis Almeyda, SS, D.R.: Orioles+ ($2,297,500) More »
21. Esmil Valencia, OF, D.R.: Astros+ ($897,500) More »
22. Yophery Rodriguez, OF, Ven.: Brewers ($1,500,000) More »
23. Arnaldo Lantigua, OF, D.R.: Dodgers+ ($697,500) More »
24. Robert Calaz, OF, D.R.: Rockies ($1,700,000) More »
25. Yoeilin Cespedes, SS, D.R.: Red Sox ($1,400,000) More »
26. Raymond Mola, OF, D.R.: Pirates+ ($600,000) More »
27. Daiverson Gutierrez, C, D.R.: Mets+ ($1,900,000) More »
28. Welbyn Francisca, SS, D.R.: Guardians+ ($1,375,000) More »
29. Anthony Baptist, OF, D.R.: Mets+ ($1,100,000) More »
30. Tony Ruiz, OF, D.R.
31. Carlos Silva, C, Ven.: Twins ($1,100.000) More »
32. Enrique Jimenez, C, Ven.: Tigers+ ($1,250,000) More »
33. Filippo Di Turi, SS, Ven.: Brewers ($1,300,000) More »
34. Luis Guanipa, OF, Ven.: Braves ($2,500,000) More »
35. Kevin Ereu, SS, Ven.: Brewers ($1,400,000) More »
36. Reiner Lopez, RHP, Ven.: Cardinals+ ($500,000) More »
37. Yerlin Luis, OF, D.R.: Guardians+ ($850,000) More »
38. Hendry Chivilli, SS, D.R.: Twins ($2,100,000) More »
39. Manuel Cabrera, SS, D.R.: Nationals+ ($550,000) More »
40. Darling Fernandez, OF, D.R.: Athletics+ ($750,000) More »
41. Luis Reyes, RHP, D.R.: White Sox+ ($700,000) More »
42. Jeter Martinez, RHP, Mex.: Mariners ($600,000) More »
43. Cristopher Larez, SS, Ven.: Mets+ ($1,400,000) More »
44. Maikol Orozco, SS, Ven.: Tigers ($900,000) More »
45. Andy Acevedo, OF, D.R.: Nationals+ ($1,300,000) More »
46. Edwin Solano, SS, D.R.: Nationals+ ($1,300,000) More »
47. Jeremy Rodriguez, SS, D.R.: D-backs ($1,250,000) More »
48. Cristian Perez, OF, D.R.: Tigers+ ($1,100,000) More »
49. Marwys Jorge, RHP, D.R.: Royals ($450,000) More »
50. Felix Morrobel, SS, D.R.: Angels ($900,000) More »
+ indicates that the club has officially announced the signing.
Breakdown
Thirty-one of the players on the 2022 Top 50 International Prospects list are from the Dominican Republic. There are 12 prospects from Venezuela, three from Cuba, two from the Bahamas and one each from Mexico and Korea. Position-wise, there are 20 infielders, 18 outfielders, five catchers, six pitchers and one two-way player.
These are the international bonus pools for the 2022-23 signing period:
Clubs that received a Competitive Balance Pick in Round B of the Draft (Athletics, Brewers, Mariners, Marlins, Rays, Reds, Tigers and Twins) received a pool of $6,366,900 while clubs with a Competitive Balance Pick in Round A (D-backs, Guardians, Orioles, Padres, Pirates, Rockies and Royals) received $5,825,500.
The base signing pool for the Astros, Blue Jays, Braves, Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, Mets, Nationals, White Sox and Yankees is $5,284,000. The Angels, Phillies and Red Sox each forfeited $500,000 from their pools for signing players who had rejected qualifying offers — Noah Syndergaard, Nick Castellanos and Trevor Story, respectively — last offseason, so each has a pool of $4,644,000 . The Dodgers and Rangers each forfeited $1,000,000 from their pools for signing players who had rejected qualifying offers to lower their pool to $4,144,000.
The Dodgers surpassed the luxury tax threshold the previous season and had to forfeit $1,000,000 for Freddie Freeman. The Rangers forfeit $500,000 each for Corey Seager and Marcus Semien.
*The forfeited monies are redistributed to the other clubs. 
*Teams will be allowed to trade international bonus slots during this signing period starting Jan. 15.
Guidelines:
An international player is eligible to sign with a Major League team between Jan. 15 and Dec. 15. He must turn 16 before he signs and be 17 before Sept. 1 the following year — in practical terms, that means players born between Sept. 1, 2005, and Aug. 31, 2006, will be eligible to sign in the upcoming signing period. Players have to be registered with Major League Baseball in advance in order to be eligible to sign.
Here's a look at other prospects who signed for $300,000 or more:
Astros
German Ramirez, SS, D.R. — $1,200,000
Eduardo Perez, OF, D.R. — $797,000
Athletics
Ramon Landaeta, C, Ven. — $750,000
Angels
Byron Castillo, OF, D.R. — $900,000
Anyelo Marquez, SS, D.R. — $600,000
Blue Jays
David Guzman, OF, Ven. — $650,000
Samuel Acuna, RHP, Ven. — $300,000
Braves
John Estevez, OF, D.R. — $310,000
Carlos Monteverde, OF, Ven. — $300,000
Brewers
Antony Gomez, OF, D.R. — $600,000
Joan Gutierrez, SS, Ven. — $325,000
Luis Lameda, SS., Ven. — $320,000
Cardinals
Bracewell Taveras, SS, D.R. — $450,000
Ruben Menes, RHP, D.R. — $400,000
Angel Gil, OF, D.R., $375,000
D-backs
Yassel Soler, 3B, D.R. — $425,000
Dodgers
Jesus Tillero, RHP, Ven. — $497,500
Daniel Mielcarek, SS, D.R. — $397,500
Giants
Yosneiker Rivas, SS, Ven. — $997,500
Guardians
Jose Marcano, INF, Ven. — $800,000
Luis Merejo, INF, D.R. — $340,000
Jose Pirela, OF, Ven. — $320,000
Juan Frances, OF, Ven. — $320,000
Jonathan Martinez, INF, D.R. $300,000
Mariners
Sebastian De Andrade, C, D.R. — $300,000
Mets
Daviel Hurtado, LHP, D.R. — $500,000
Nationals
Juan Obispo, OF, D.R. — $600,000
Hector Liriano, OF, D.R. — $400,000
Carlos Batista, OF, D.R. — $375,000
Orioles
Joshua Liranzo, INF, D.R. — $497,500
Jose Mejia, INF, D.R. — $407,500
Felix Amparo, INF, D.R. — $347,500
Phillies
Wen-Hui Pan, RHP, Taiwan — $350,000
Pirates
Jonathan Rivero, C, Ven. — $840,000
Carlos Mateo, RHP, D.R. — $800,000
Bladimir Pichardo, RHP, D.R. — $750,000
Rays
Wilian Trinidad, INF, D.R. — $500,000
Jose Monzon, INF, D.R. — $300,000
Red Sox
Franklin Arias, SS, Ven. — $525,000
Yoiber Ruiz, SS, Ven. — $500,000
Reds
Alfredo Alcantara, SS, D.R. — $640,000
Rafhlmil Torres, SS, Ven. — $300,000
Rockies
Alessander De La Cruz, D.R. — $650,000
Yeiker Reyes, OF, Ven. — $500,000
Jeremy Ciriaco, SS, D.R. — $500,000
Alison Zacarias, RHP, D.R. — $500,000
Tigers
Anibal Salas, OF, Ven. — $1,000,000
Juan Hernandez, SS, Ven. — $350,000
Twins
Juan Hernandez, SS, Ven. — $350,000
White Sox
Abraham Nunez, OF, D.R. — $700,000
Rafael Alvarez, 3B, D.R. — $350,000
D'Angelo Tejada, D.R. — $350,000

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