International Efforts Paying Off | The Process Report

International Efforts Paying Off

When Enny Romero started on Sunday, he became the Rays’ second international free-agent signing to debut this season, joining Alex Colome.

Appropriate timing, as, on Saturday, the Rays traded Frank De Los Santos—another former international signing—to the White Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations. That De Los Santos was worth anything is a minor within within itself; the Rays have removed other international signings from the 40-man roster in recent years without them drawing interest from other teams, including Wilking Rodriguez and Albert Suarez. Building an international pipeline takes time, but it appears the Rays are starting to enjoy the benefits.

At least that’s one message to take from Baseball America‘s first wave of league-specific prospect rankings.

The Rays have three international signings ranked already: pitchers Jose Mujica and Jose Castillo and shortstop Cristian Toribio. Each name has appeared here before, as they were part of last year’s sanction-inducing July 2 class. Mujica and Castillo ranked the 16th- and 19th-best prospects in the Gulf Coast League, Toribido—a shortstop who the Rays taught to switch hit—was named a sleeper. Both pieces are behind the paywall.

Additionally, BA ranked the Rays’ first pick in June’s draft, Nick Ciuffo, 12th in the GCL.

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