Prospect Roundup: Rockies sign Pedro Gonzalez for $1.3m as an International Free Agent

Courtesy - Colorado Rockies Baseball Club

Weekly Rockies prospect news, including the signing of Pedro Gonzalez and Yeremy Rosario in the opening week of the international signing period. Stats for the week of June and top videos of the week.

The biggest prospect news this week was the opening of the international signing period on July 2nd and the announcement that the Rockies had signed Pedro Gonzalez, one of the top shortstop prospects available on the market. This week is the first chance for major league teams to sign international players who are not eligible for the MLB draft. Typically players are chosen from locales such as the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and some asian countries.

The rules of the collective bargaining agreement limit how much teams can spend on international signing bonuses. The Rockies were given the eighth highest pool, based on their record last season, of $3,026,700 to spend in 2014. It should be noted that teams can trade for more, and there are other rules governing the signing period. I suggest reading the Baseball America primer by Ben Badler for more information on the topic.

Pedro Gonzalez is a tall, lanky shortstop who has been compared to Rockies Future's Game representative Rosell Herrera. Gonzalez stands at 6-foot-4, 160 lbs with a frame suited to put on more muscle, and it's believed that he still has room to grow. Gonzalez signed for $1,300,000 with an additional $100,000 to be used as a scholarship for college.

Ben Badler of Baseball America ranked Gonzalez as the No. 12 overall prospect and had this to say about the 17-year-old.

"Gonzalez is the most fascinating player in the class, combining tantalizing upside with a unique frame and skill set that makes him one of the most difficult players to peg. Gonzalez could go many different ways depending on what happens with his extremely long, skinny build. He has a narrow frame, a high waist, huge hands and feet. He looks like he has room to add at least 50 pounds, which would dramatically transform his projection, but it's difficult for scouts to determine how much weight and strength he's going to gain."

In addition to Gonzalez the Rockies also signed shortstop Yeremy Rosario, considered one of the best defensive shortstops in the class. Rosario was ranked No. 22 among international prospects by MLB.com and signed for a reported $800,000.

Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com had this to say about Yeremy Rosario.

"Rosario could be the best shortstop available in this year's class because of his talents on defense. He's also viewed as a plus runner with a loose swing. Rosario has the ability to become a decent hitter in the future, using a middle- to opposite-field approach at the plate."

The Rockies still have about $800,000 to spend on the international market, and many of the best players chosen from this method are signed for less than $100,000. Colorado has enjoyed a lot of success in pursuing players in this fashion, Jhoulys Chacin, Wilin Rosario are two examples of current Rockies on the 40-man roster who were signed in this manner. Prospects such as Rosell Herrera, Raimel Tapia and Hamlet Marte were also brought into the organization through the international signing period. So watch for the Rockies to continue to be an aggressive presence Internationally.

Top players for the month of June

Top power hitters (filtered by HR's)

Name

Age

Tm

BA

2B

3B

HR ▾

Ryan Casteel

23

TUL

0.29

7

1

7

Taylor Featherston

24.67

TUL

0.294

7

0

7

Angelys Nina

25.58

COL

0.257

9

0

4

Will Swanner

22.75

MOD

0.277

4

0

4

Ben Paulsen

26.67

COL

0.308

8

1

4

Jordan Patterson

22.33

ASH

0.407

11

0

4

Top hitters (filtered by OPS)

Name

Age

Tm

PA

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

SB

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS ▾

Renaldo Jenkins

21.3

GJ

40

36

9

16

4

1

1

3

3

5

3

0.444

0.487

0.694

1.181

Jordan Patterson

22.3

ASH

106

91

20

37

11

0

4

21

11

20

6

0.407

0.472

0.659

1.131

Trevor Story

21.6

3 Tms

58

43

10

13

4

2

2

8

13

14

2

0.302

0.483

0.628

1.111

Ashley Graeter

24.7

ASH

22

19

5

8

3

0

0

4

2

7

1

0.421

0.476

0.579

1.055

Randy Reyes

21.8

GJ

25

24

6

8

1

1

2

8

0

5

1

0.333

0.320

0.708

1.028

David Bergin

24.8

2 Tms

51

44

6

15

4

1

2

12

5

10

1

0.341

0.412

0.614

1.026

Troy Stein

22.2

GJ

22

20

7

7

2

0

1

3

2

4

3

0.350

0.409

0.600

1.009

Jayson Langfels

25.8

TUL

74

63

12

24

3

1

1

10

7

13

4

0.381

0.446

0.508

0.954

Raimel Tapia

20.3

ASH

111

97

21

37

6

0

2

15

7

20

11

0.381

0.440

0.505

0.945

Ben Paulsen

26.7

COL

125

104

19

32

8

1

4

23

19

24

1

0.308

0.416

0.519

0.935

Jordan Ribera

25.5

MOD

68

60

9

20

2

0

3

16

8

15

0

0.333

0.412

0.517

0.929

Taylor Featherston

24.7

TUL

113

102

19

30

7

0

7

14

9

26

2

0.294

0.357

0.569

0.926

Ryan Casteel

23.0

TUL

107

100

17

29

7

1

7

18

5

22

0

0.290

0.336

0.590

0.926

Henry Garcia

20.8

GJ

30

27

6

10

0

0

1

6

1

3

0

0.370

0.433

0.481

0.914

Top pitchers (filtered by ERA)

Name

Age

Tm

W

L

Sv

BF

IP

G

ERA ▴

H

R

ER

HR

BB

IBB

K

HBP

2B

3B

Helmis Rodriguez

20.0

TRI

2

1

0

91

23

4

1.17

21

3

3

0

7

0

12

0

2

0

Hector Villarroel

18.8

DSL ROCK

1

0

0

92

23.2

5

1.52

11

5

4

0

10

0

21

2

2

1

Daniel Winkler

24.3

TUL

0

0

0

34

9.1

2

1.93

4

2

2

0

2

0

8

0

0

0

Juan Pena

18.8

DSL ROCK

1

1

0

94

24.1

5

2.22

19

8

6

1

4

0

22

3

4

0

Zach Jemiola

20.2

ASH

1

2

0

128

31.2

5

2.27

26

10

8

5

10

0

21

0

4

0

Jorge Oviedo

17.7

DSL ROCK

1

1

0

105

25.2

5

2.45

22

10

7

1

4

0

21

1

7

2

Tyler Anderson

24.5

TUL

0

1

0

97

24.1

5

2.59

20

8

7

1

7

0

23

0

4

0

Ryan Warner

20.4

TRI

1

0

0

69

17

3

2.65

12

7

5

0

9

0

12

1

4

0

Konner Wade

22.5

ASH

2

2

0

135

33

5

3

33

13

11

3

9

0

10

1

8

0

Jon Gray

22.6

TUL

2

0

0

105

25.1

5

3.55

21

10

10

2

12

0

27

0

3

1

Alex Balog

21.9

ASH

2

0

0

136

32.1

5

3.62

32

13

13

1

9

0

23

3

6

0

Erick Julio

17.8

DSL ROCK

0

1

0

78

19.2

4

3.66

15

9

8

1

6

0

13

2

7

0

Stats by Minorleaguecentral.com

Top prospect videos

Tyler Anderson demonstrates how there's still pitching talent left in Tulsa.

Ryan Casteel takes advantage of the short porch in right for one of his seven home runs in June.

Goodbye Harold Riggins. I'll always remember the home run you hit off the movie theater in Spring Training, and the one you hit off the highway in Orem, and the one you hit off the aircraft carrier in Charleston.

Trevor Story slugged his way to Double-A Tulsa in June.

The 18-year-old Terry McClure is showing promise in his second season as a Grand Junction Rockie.

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