The Los Angeles Dodgers have been considered trailblazers in terms of finding and signing international talent. Whether it’s been cornering the Asian market in signing Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo years ago or Yasiel Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu recently, the Dodgers have spanned the globe for talent.
This season, they signed high-profile Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero to a four-year deal deal, but it they announced earlier this afternoon that they signed five more international prospects.
16-year-olds Outfielder Shakir Albert and catcher Hendrik Clemntina were signed out of Curaco while 16-year-old outfielder Julio Lugo was signed out of the Dominican Republic. 17-year-old catcher Gersel Pitre was signed out of Venezuela and 18-year-old pitcher Misja Harcksen was signed out of the Netherlands.
It’s unclear what the next move is for the prospects, but it’s clear the Dodgers are committed to building a strong international pool of talent.
Here’s a video of Harcksen in a bullpen session from October:
The Dodgers released this statement this afternoon:
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the recent signings of five international prospects. Dodger Vice President, International Scouting Bob Engle made the announcement.
The Dodgers signed a pair of 16-year-olds from Willemstad, Curacao, in outfielder Shakir Albert (signing scouts: Rolando Chirino, Camilo Pascual, Engle) and catcher Hendrik Clementina (Chirino, Patrick Guerrero, Engle). Los Angeles also signed 16-year-old outfielder Julio Lugo of Bani, Dominican Republic (Guerrero, Franklin Taveras, Engle), 17-year-old catcher Gersel Pitre from Vargas, Venezuela (Pedro Avila, Guerrero) and 18-year-old right-handed pitcher Misja Harcksen from Rotterdam, Netherlands (Engle, Eugene Grimaldi).
During the 2013 calendar year, the Dodgers signed 47 international amateur prospects, including 23 from the Dominican Republic, 10 from Venezuela, four from Mexico, two from Colombia, two from Curacao, and one each from Brazil, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands and Panama.