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Orioles open International Signing Period with 27 agreements

July 02, 2019 - 6:31 pm

By Austin Medina  

The Orioles rebuild has been under full display this season. At 24-60, there has been little to be happy about.

The O’s announced that they opened up the International Signing Period with 27 agreements Tuesday. 16 of the 27 new signees are from the Dominican Republic including headliners OF Luis Gonzalez, LHP Luis Ortiz, and SS Leonel Sanchez.

Gonzalez, 16, is a left-handed power hitter who possesses a large frame which provides him with exceptional power.

Ortiz, also 16, is a left-handed pitcher who has three pitches in his arsenal. Along with his fastball that reaches 90 miles per hour, Ortiz uses a curveball and changeup to round up his game. His aggressive style of pitching has proven beneficial through the scouting process. 

General Manager Mike Elias noted that the moves made Tuesday are a big step forward in the Orioles rebuilding process.

“This July 2 is a big day for our franchise,” Elias said. “These young players from all parts of Latin America will bolster our burgeoning farm system and jumpstart the continual flow of talent we are building.

Elias went on to mention that the signing period is not over for the Orioles, as they will continue to pursue more international talent.

“Today is only the beginning of our efforts, as we will continue to sign more players throughout the 2019-20 signing period. Our International Scouting staff has already begun laying the groundwork for future classes.”

Koby Perez, Orioles Senior Director in International Scouting, commented on the relationship with the Dominican Republic and other international countries.

“We are excited about the round of talent we were able to bring in with this first group of signings… We look forward to continuing to grow the relationships we’ve established in the Dominican Republic and other countries for years to come.”

The International Signing Period has brought a ton of talent into the major leagues and this year, whether on the Orioles or elsewhere, will prove no different.