The Dodgers have always been known as one of the biggest and most formidable players in the international free agent market, and 2022 is no exception.
In 2021, the signing period began on January 15 and ran through December. The same rules apply to this year. Prior to the pandemic, the signing period didn’t begin until July.
Some of the big international scores for the Dodgers in the past include Yasiel Puig, Kenley Jansen, Adrian Beltre, Fernando Valenzuela, Hideo Nomo, Raul Mondesi and two brothers named Pedro and Ramon. And let’s not forget that the Dodgers signed Roberto Clemente as a free agent out of Puerto Rico in 1954 before losing him to Branch Rickey, who worked for the Pirates at the time, not long after.
Regardless, the Dodgers landed 17-year-old outfielder Samuel Munoz out of the Dominican Republic, who ranks seventh in the international class, and 17-year-old righty pitcher Accimias Morales out of Venezuela, who ranks 37th, as their biggest signings this year.
According to Jesse Sanchez at MLB.com, “The 6-foot-2 Munoz is a left-handed-hitting infielder with an advanced approach at the plate and tons of power projection. He already shows an above-average ability to barrel up the baseball to all fields. Scouts believe that ability will translate into homers and more power as he fills out his large and developing frame.”
Sanchez adds that Munoz has plus arm strength and could develop as a prospective third baseman down the road.
As for the 6-foot-4 Morales, Sanchez says he is “large and durable with plus command potential with all three of his pitches. He’s athletic, features a repeatable delivery and has a presence on the mound. His fastball has been clocked at 93 mph, and he throws a hard slider with a sharp break and a changeup with lots of movement.”
At the time of this writing, the Dodgers have signed 30 players since the beginning of the period on Saturday. The team hasn’t yet made any announcements about the signing bonus amounts, but we do know that the Dodgers have a signing pool of $4,644,000. Signing bonuses of $10,000 or less do not count towards the pool money.