Even though baseball is on lockdown that doesn’t stop Dombroski from making moves. With new scouts and talent evaluators, hopefully, this is a turning point for the Phillies to add talented players. This past Saturday was the international signing period for prospects who have reached the age of 16. Here are some of the new Phillies international signings.
Top Shortstop Prospect
The Phils landed a prime shortstop prospect out of Venezuela. William Bergolla Jr. was signed for $2.2 million. Bergolla is 17 years old. Bergolla’s father, William Sr., is a former middle infielder and played briefly in the majors with the Cincinnati Reds in 2005.
MLB.com rates him as the fourth-best international prospect while Baseball America rates him eighth. He gets strong scouting grades for his offense and defense. His instincts and baseball IQ also get high marks. MLB.com scouting report compliments his “all-around game,” and notes that despite his youth,
“He already shows solid bat-to-ball skills and an advanced approach and understanding of the strike zone… good footwork, soft hands, and a strong enough arm to keep him at the position… He has solid range and good baseball instincts. He’s been praised for his baseball IQ and awareness on both sides of the ball.”MLB.com
Top Outfielder Prospect
The Phillies also signed outfielder Neify Rosario. Rosario is a 17-year-old center fielder from the Dominican Republic’s Mata De Palma Baseball Academy. The right-handed hitter was one of the top prospects in the academy’s 2021 class. Neify received a signing bonus of $550,000.
Other Prospect Signings
Per NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury, the team also signed center fielder Romel Mendez, second baseman Aaron Escobar and left-hander Edwar Chirinos from Venezuela; right-hander Enrique Segura, right-hander Jeffrey German, shortstop Leny Carela and center fielder Manolfi Jimenez from the Dominican Republic; and shortstop Nolan Beltran from Columbia.
The team, ineligible for competitive balance draft picks, has a bonus pool allocation of $5,179,700 for the international signing period. Keep following EoP for more Phillies international signings.
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