The international free agent signing period started today, and the Nationals have made a handful of moves within the first 24 hours, agreeing to terms with seven 16-year-olds.
The Nats announced they've signed right-handed pitcher Edwin Adames, catcher Jose Cabello, right-handed pitcher Angel Guillen, left-handed pitcher Jose Jimenez, outfielder Victor Robles, outfielder Dany Rojas and catcher Edwin Trejos.
In accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each team is now on a spending limit during the international free agent signing period, and because the Nationals had the highest winning percentage in the majors last season, they received the smallest signing pool. The Nats have $1.85 to spend, and according to a team source, they plan to utilize all of it.
Here are brief scouting reports on the seven free agent signings, which come courtesy of the Nationals, given that I have not seen or heard of any of these teenagers prior to today:
Adames is a 6-foot-2, 190 lbs. native of the Dominican Republic with an impressive three-pitch mix.
Cabello is a power-hitting backstop from Venezuela. He is 5-foot-11, 185 lbs. and possesses a strong throwing arm from behind the plate.
Guillen, who is currently 6-foot-2 and 155 lbs., is known as a strike thrower with three pitches. He signed out of Venezuela.
Jimenez is a 6-foot-1, 190 lbs. southpaw that projects as a hard-throwing starting pitcher with good feel for his changeup. He hails from the Dominican Republic.
Robles sports plus speed, a strong throwing arm and the overall athleticism required to play all three outfield spots. He is currently a 6-foot, 185 lbs. native of the Dominican Republic.
A 5-foot-9, 160 lbs. native of the Dominican Republic, Rojas is a left-handed hitter who projects to hit near the top of the lineup.
Trejos is a 6-foot-0, 160 lbs. native of Panama with above-average defensive skills and a line-drive hitting stroke at the plate.