Saturday, May 31, 2014

Dominican Summer League Starts Today

DSL play starts today and Texas has indeed added a second team.  The rosters have been updated accordingly. Many of the new players that appear to have signed in the last few months are Venezuelan:  Lugo, Silva, Suarez, Mavo, Rojas.

I would expect that some of the higher ceiling players will only be there until short-season ball starts, with some ticketed for the AZL club, for example, Diplan, Yrizarri, and Almonte.  To have your 7-figure guys spend the whole year in the DSL would be disappointing indeed.  I would expect that Jeremi Profar and Michael de Leon, both whom have been assigned to full-season clubs, will be sent to Spokane and Arizona, respectively.  Other players who did well last year in the DSL will also be candidates for promotion once short-season play begins, particularly those who have been stateside in Arizona for extended spring training.

The AZL rotation will likely be filled with DSL kids this year:  Jurardo, Lopez, Pena, Martinez.  Sosa will likely move to Spokane when their season opens.  Expensive sign Pedro Payano (650K), perceived as a packaged sign accompanying Jairo Beras, has yet to make his stateside debut, but he may have pitched well enough last year to come over as well, but won't likely earn his contract; DSL repeats rarely do.  I would bet on Marcos Diplan and Yonelvy Pichardo moving over as well when the AZL season begins or shortly thereafter.

Edgar Isaac Arredondo is sidelined by TJ surgery which he had shortly after signing in July 2013.  Dominicans Francis Cespedes and Jeily Arias are still no shows in the system.  Arias signed for a reported 500k in 2011.  I assume his contract was voided, likely due to age/identity issues. Cespedes was signed June 2013 and his contract was said to be pending.  I doubt it gets approved at this point.  I've repeatedly asked Ben Badler and John Blake  if they could update the contract status for both players but they have not responded, so there's that.

My DSL sleeper for the year is RF Ronny Carvajal.  The club worked on his swing last year and he finished the second half of DSL play on a nice hot streak.  Of course the last DSL player that I spoke well of because of a good second half never amounted to much:  Carlos Oropeza.

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