Photo: Dominican Teens Sign MLB Contracts
Major League baseball teams have recently given several Dominican Republic teenagers multi-million dollar signing bonuses and multi-million dollar playing contracts during the first days of the international signing period.
First there is Elier Hernandez who obtained a record $3.05 million signing bonus from the Kansas City Royals, he is only 16-years old. The team is also pursuing 15-year old Dominican Adalberto Mondesi and hope to sign him later this month when he turns age-eligible 16 years old.
While the Texas Rangers signed two Dominican 16-year old outfielders, Nomar Mazara and Ronald Guzman. Mazara is rumored to have snagged a $5 million playing contract while Guzman’s deal is valued at $3.3 million.
Helsin Martinez, also 16, signed for $2 million with the Seattle Mariners and is considered the ‘best right-handed power hitter in Latin America’. Then 16-year old catcher Jose Ruiz accepted $1.1 million signing bonus to play for the San Diego Padres.
The international signing period in Major League Baseball began on July 2nd and it is when teams looked to sign up foreign-born players to their rosters. The Dominican Republic and Venezuela remain the top two markets for top international baseball talent.