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Ten International Players to Watch

Ten International Players to Watch

For those that don't follow the players who have yet to come stateside,I figured I'd give a brief description of the players I think are the ones to watch.This isn't necessarily a top ten list as I left off some players who are performing well in favor of higher priced kids,or ones who had more favorable scouting reports. As always with players in the DSL/VSL you take what they're doing with a grain of salt because they're so young and so far away from the majors.

1. Willy Garcia, 17 year old, OF, DSL - His stats are definitely not the best but I started with him because of his $280 K bonus being the 2nd highest of any current player who hasn't reached the states,and the fact he played in the Dominican Prospect League (DPL) which is reserved for eighty players among the best of the unsigned talent in the country. He has good size at 6' 3", a projectable frame and a chance to be a five tool player. As of right now he's holding his own in the DSL as one of the youngest players on the...

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