One thing that rarely gets much attention from Tigers fans is the International signing period that began on Monday. Why? Well, we as Tigers fans have simply kind of been conditioned to not pay much attention. The Tigers rarely make themselves a big splash on July 2nd, though in the past couple years, we have seen it a little bit more. In the past two seasons, we have seen the likes of Danry Vasquez and Adelin Santa signed, sealed, and delivered.
Earlier this season, the Tigers went out and spent some money on Ignacio Valdez as well.
Much like seasons past, the Tigers have been relatively quiet on the big names available in the International market this year. The Blue Jays seem to be the aggressors once again, already inking 3 of the top 15 players on the market according to Baseball America. Well, good for them.
The Tigers have signed a couple of guys today, according to Lynn Henning of the Detroit News. It’s a pair of shortstops in Domingo Leyba and Willy Adames. Leyba is a little bit on the small side at this point, which isn’t the end of the world for a SS. However, Adames is pretty good sized, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a move off the position in his future. Leyba at this point appears to be the superior prospect.
The Tigers aren’t really linked to any of the top 20 players, except for one catcher, a kid by the name of Deivi Grullon, who is ranked the 15th best prospect by Baseball America.
If I see any more signings of significance, we will let you all know.