Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Rays International Signings

During the summer international signing period, the Rays gave four players bonuses in excess of $100,000 according to BA:

SS Julian Morillo, Dominican Republic, age 16, $210,000. "At around 5-foot-10, 165 pounds, Morillo is a good defensive shortstop with good hands, good first-step quickness and a good arm."

SS Hector Guevara, Venezuela, 16. "Guevara improved his stock leading up to July 2, improving his speed from 7.25 seconds in the 60-yard dash to 6.9 upon signing."

C Omar Narvaez, Venezuela, 16. "Narvaez, a switch-hitting catcher, is around 5-foot-11, 170 pounds and projects to hit for some power. He has good hands and agility behind the plate."

RHP Wilmer Sabala, Venezuela, 16. "Sabala is a 6-foot-2 righthander who could gain another inch or two. Some scouts saw him working at 85-86 mph, but his fastball has been up to 88-89 mph at his best with some movement."


  1. How big do you think Morillo will get? I'm guessing 6' or 6'1 and 190 pounds by the time he reaches 21. I like the signing. Any kind of projections you think they will have? What about path they will take? For example, will they stay in their countries for summer leagues or come over to the states next year?

  2. Hi Danny,

    I have no idea how big he'll grow. He's only 16, it's like buying a lottery ticket. They saw enough to buy a $210k ticket, so there must be something there. He won't be in the states next year, may not even see DSL action until 2010. I'll try to get an email to the DR coordinator for more info on the kid and will update if there's a response.

  3. Yea projecting height and weight are pretty hard to do. Why is it that you dont think he'll even be in DSL? I understand he's young but wouldnt they want to get him working with pro coaches sooner rather than later?

  4. Oh, sure he'll be working with the Rays coaches at the complex. I meant playing in actual DSL games. Look at the ages of last year's roster, I doubt it.


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