The international signing period starts today. This is essentially for Latin American players who are 16 (or will turn 16) between now and the end of August.
This one of the more shadowy and corrupt parts of baseball. Local freelance scouts market players to teams in return for under-the-table payments. Players routinely lie about their age and background. Supposed stars turn out to be stiffs and kids who get a few thousand dollars and a uniform turn into franchise players.
Trying to project what a 16-year-old will be like as an athlete when he’s 21 is close to impossible, particularly for a pitcher. Some Yankee fans are upset that the organization lost 6-foot-7 right-hander Michael Inoa to Oakland. He is said to be the prize of the current class. It seems the Yankees were upset too.
This was published on Baseball America.com:
Abel Guerra, the Yankees’ vice president of international operations, was involved in the club’s efforts to sign Inoa until May, and a Yankees official confirmed Tuesday that he no longer works for the organization.
Interesting. The Yankees are unlikely to explain why he no longer has his job but clearly something was amiss. At some point today, we’re hoping the Yankees will release the names of the players they signed and we’ll try and forward you as much information as we can.