Tuesday, July 01, 2008
The international signing period starts tomorrow. The biggest prize is Michel Iona who is expected to command a record signing bonus of $4 million plus. He is linked to the A’s. The Olde Towne Team has not been mentioned as a contender.
The Sox have been reported by Ben Badler of Baseball America as a possible landing spots for Alving Megias and Vicente Escobar, pitchers from Venezuela. Scouts have varying views on Megias. “Some scouts see a pitcher throwing 87-89 with full legs, a maxed out body and limited upside. Others have seen him top out at 93 mph with sink, command of a mid-70s curveball and feel for a changeup with some sink and deception.” Escobar reportedly throws “…89 mph, touching 90-91” with a good arm.
Neither kid is considered a top talent. If the Sox do not make a bigger splash, it will reverse a trend that we have seen over the last several years. Since taking over Theo and the trio have increased their overseas investment each year. It would be a disappointment if the Sox do not up their international ante as this is their best means to procuring talent. The Sox do not have to wait in the draft line. Their money can be more of a factor.