Found July 02, 2013 on Cardinals Farm:
Many Cardinals fans know about that date in early June when Major League Baseball holds its annual Rule 4 Draft where teams select players from colleges and high schools in the United States and Canada. Most Cardinals fans do not know about July 2nd, the date teams can start to sign international free agents. Why should Cardinals fans care about July 2nd? Do the names Oscar Taveras and Carlos Martinez ring a bell? We here at CardinalsFarm have them rated the #1 and #2 Cardinal prospects respectively. They are international free agents. The Cardinals signed Martinez in 2010 for an estimated $1.5 million out of the Dominican Republic. The Cardinals signed Taveras in 2008 for a modest $140,000 also out of the Dominican Republic. Starlin Rodriguez and Breyvic Valera are other Cardinals prospects who are making their way through the system. How is the 2012 class of signings doing? The Cardinals signed 4 main prospects from the 2012 international pool. Joshua Lopez, a catcher, got $4750,000; Edmundo Sosa, a shortstop, got 425,000; and Luis Bandes, an outfielder, got $350,000. All three are playing for the Cardinals’ Dominican Summer League team and here is how they are doing: Lopez, 17 – .138, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 1 SB Sosa, 17 – .274, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 4 SB Bandes, 17 – .182, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 1 SB Do not be overly concerned about the numbers from DSL players. They are 17-years-old and it is easily a pitchers league. The Cardinals also signed Alexander Reyes (pictured) out of the Dominican in December for $950,000. Reyes was an interesting sign as he had spent the majority of his life living in the United States. He moved to the Dominican (where he has family), so he could sign with any major league team at a young age. Reyes, a pitcher, was able to skip the Dominican Summer League due to his advanced level of play and he began 2013 with the Johnson City Cardinals. This huge jump was made possible because Reyes had some high school baseball experience in the U.S. and he is more accustomed to the U.S. (fluent in English). Reyes has made 2 starts for Johnson City, with his last being the best. In 6 innings, Reyes allowed just 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 11. It is very likely Reyes will appear in CardinalsFarm’s top 20 prospects for July. What should we look for in 2013? This is what Ben Badler of Baseball America had to say about the Cardinals 2013 International outlook: The Cardinals have arguably the top Dominican position prospect (Oscar Taveras) and the top Dominican pitching prospect (Carlos Martinez) in Triple-A. Last year on July 2 the Cardinals signed three players in the $300,000 to $500,000 range—Venezuelan catcher Joshua Lopez, Panamanian shortstop Edmundo Sosa and Venezuelan outfielder Luis Bandes—before signing righthander Alex Reyes for $950,000 in December. With a $2.06 million pool, they will probably take the same strategy this year. The best player linked to them is Venezuelan outfielder Carlos Talavera, who should be in line for a mid six-figure deal. It’s hard to say who they might sign after him, although Dominican righthander Sandy Alcantara is one name that’s come up. Will the next Oscar Taveras or Carlos Martinez come from the 2013 class? Probably not, but you never know. I will keep you updated on signings as they happen. Now you know why you should mark July 2nd on your calendar in the future.  
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