Friday, December 21, 2012

Prospects : Top 10 DSL Players To Come To US In '13

Greg Corcoran over at Bronx Baseball Daily did it again with his Top 10 Yankees DSL players that could come stateside in 2013. Go over and see the original post HERE and give Greg some love and some views but with his permission here is the write up for your reading enjoyment. For the full write up click the link and head over to BBD.

There have been whispers that the Yankees are likely to have another rookie league team for 2013. The GCL rosters are filled three ways. The amateur draft, the DSL, and miscellaneous signings.With that, the Dominican Summer League, which is where the Yankees keep their young international talent to develop them for baseball in the USA, is going to play an even more important role in the Yankees farm system. Luckily the system is stocked with talent in their baseball program in the Dominican Republic, which has to be one of the major reasons for the decision to create another GCL team.
This list does not include new signees, or anyone who didn’t play at least a game in the Dominican Summer League this year. One caveat to this list is that you have to take DSL statistics with a grain of salt. They are still somewhat important, but the season is short and the competition doesn’t compare with rookie ball. It’s a big jump.
10. Erick Canela (Dominican Republic), RHP
9. Jose Figueroa, OF (Mexico)
8. Chris Cabrera, RHP (Dominican Republic)
7. Renzo Martini, 1B (Venezuela) 
6. Wilmer Romero, OF (Dominican Republic)
5. Abiatal Avelino, SS (Dominican Republic)
4. Christopher Tamarez, 3B (Dominican Republic)
3. Luis Severino, RHP (Dominican Republic)
2. Dallas Martinez, RHP (Mexico)
1. Rafael DePaula, RHP (Dominican Republic)
Other names to watch out for: Brian Cuevas (SS out of the Dominican Republic) Luis Torrens (catcher just signed out of Venezuela), Yancarlos Baez (SS signed out of the Dominican Republic), Jesus Aparicio (C out of Venezuela), Simon De La Rosa (RHP just signed out of the Dominican Republic), Daniel Vavrusa (C out of the Czech Republic) Omar Luis Rodriguez (LHP signed from Cuba for $4 million), Alexander Palma (OF signed out of Venezuela).
Some of these other guys could be coming over in 2013 or 2014. If Omar Luis Rodriguez gets his visa issues taken care of, he’ll be in the states as well. As you can see there is a wealth of talent in the Dominican Republic right now.  The sense is that most other teams in the league are really impressed with what the Yankees are doing at that level. If they continue to pump out solid prospects at the current rate, the Yankees will have a real surplus of top prospect talent in the not so distant future.

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