- Join Jays From the Couch as we look back at the players signed during the 2015 International Free Agent period
The Blue Jays went big when they handed Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 4.1M during the International Free Agent signing period in 2015. Vladdy was considered the 7th best prospect available with Yadier Alvarez (16.0M signing bonus), Vladimir Gutierrez (Signed in 2016), Yusniel Diaz (15.5M), Alfredo Rodriguez (Signed in 2016), Eddie Martinez (3.0M), and Lucius Fox (6.0M) all ranked ahead of him. Vladdy moved quickly through Toronto’s farm system and reached the Major Leagues in 2019.
In 2015, the Blue Jays also signed:
C Andres Guerra: 30GP, .215BA, 4 doubles, a HR, and .592OPS. Short-Season Rookie Ball.
OF Aldo Ovando: DNP in 2019. CORRECTION: he pitched.
RP Dany Jimenez: 7-3, 2.59ERA, 45G, 10SV, 93K and 21BB in 59.0IP, and 1.12WHIP between Advanced-A and AA.
OF Mc Gregory Contreras: 95GP, .211BA, 18 2B, 5 3B, 4 HR, 40RBI, and .583OPS. SS A-Ball, and A-Ball.
SP Maximo Castillo: 11-5, 2.69ERA, 24G, 28:144 BB:K, 130.1IP, and 1.10WHIP. Advanced-A.
SP/RP Jose Espada: 0-0, 3.09ERA, 10G, 3:13 BB:K, 11.2IP, and 0.94WHIP. A-Ball. CORRECTION: my mistake, Espada is not an IFA.
RP Adam Cuevas: 2-3, 4.22ERA, 19G, 1SV, 13:53 BB:K, 42.2IP, and 1.20WHIP. AA, SS A-Ball, and Rookie Ball.
INF Luis De Los Santos: 89GP, .213BA, 17 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 24RBI, and .559OPS. Advanced-A, A-Ball, and SS A-Ball.
INF Ronny Brito: 65GP, .220BA, 8 2B, 1 3B, 4HR, 16RBI, and .614OPS. Advanced-A, A-Ball, and SS A-Ball.
Let’s go around the horn taking a look at some of the other Top 30 IFA signees from 2015.
OF Cristian Pache (1.4M): 130GP, .277BA, 36 2B, 9 3B, 12HR, 61RBI, and .802OPS. AAA and AA.
2B Derian Cruz (2.0M, Voluntarily Retired List)
Boston Red Sox
OF Simon Muzziotti (300K)- 110GP, .287BA, 21 2B, 3 3B, 3HR, 28RBI, and .709OPS. A-Advanced. Elected FA in 2016 and signed with Philadelphia.
OF Albert Guaimaro (300K)- 40GP, .238BA, 3 2B, 2 3B, 3HR, 16RBI, and .607OPS. A (Short). Elected FA in 2016 and signed with Miami.
SS Aramis Ademan (2.0M)- 112GP, .221BA, 10 2B, 8 3B, 5HR, 39RBI, 16SB, and .652OPS. A-Advanced
2B Yonathan Perlaza (1.3M)- 52GP, .268BA, 14 2B, 3B, 2HR, 20RBI, 5SB, and .721OPS. A-Ball
C Miguel Amaya (1.25M)- 99GP, .235BA, 24 2B, 11HR, 57RBI, 2SB, and .753OPS. A-Advanced
OF Jonathan Sierra (1.2M)- 101GP, .242BA, 18 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 40RBI, 2SB, and .606OPS. A-Ball
Chicago White Sox
1B Franklin Reyes (1.5M)- DNP in 2018 or 2019
1B Harvin Mendoza– 62GP, .278BA, 17 2B, 3 3B, 6HR, 29RBI, .818OPS. SS A-Ball
OF Cristian Olivo (1M)- 42GP, .252BA,6 2B, HR, 14RBI, .608OPS. SS A-Ball
3B Henry Pujols (600K)- 38GP, .161BA, 6 2B, 3B, 3HR, 7RBI, and .536OPS. A-Advanced, A-Ball, and SS A-Ball.
RHP Luis Oviedo (375K)- 6-6, 5.38ERA, 19GS, 40:72 BB:K, 87.0IP, 1.38WHIP. A-Ball
SS Jose Fermin– 105GP, .293BA, 12 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 41RBI, 28SB, and .753OPS. A-Ball
OF Daniel Montano (2.0M)- 122GP, .218BA, 30 2B, 3 3B, 7HR, 41RBI, 17SB, and .618OPS. A-Ball
SS Christopher Navarro (450K)- 55GP, .290BA, 8 2B, HR, 22RBI, 5SB, and .692OPS. SS A-Ball and A-Ball
C Gresuan Silverio (300K)- 29GP, .148BA, 2 2B, HR, 6RBI, and .471OPS. SS A-Ball
OF Gilberto Celestino (2.5M)- 125GP, .277BA, 28 2B, 3 3B, 10HR, 54RBI, 14SB, and .759OPS. A-Advanced and A-Ball
OF Seuly Matias (2.25M)- 57GP, .148BA, 10 2B, 4 3B, 4HR, 22RBI, 2SB, and .566OPS. A-Advanced.
SS Jeison Guzman (1.5M)- 121GP, .253BA, 23 2B, 5 3B, 7HR, 48RBI, 15SB, and .669OPS. A-Ball
SP Yadier Alvarez (16.0M)- Restricted List. 0-2, 14.73ERA, 2GS, 4:6 BB:K, 3.2IP, and 2.45WHIP. AA
OF Starling Heredia (2.6M)- 101GP, .204BA, 15 2B, 6 3B, 10HR, 34RBI, 16SB, and .690OPS. A-Advanced
Ronny Brito (2.0M)- see above
SS Oneil Cruz– Traded to Pittsburgh. 73GP, .298BA, 15 2B, 4 3B, 8HR, 34RBI, 11SB, and .832OPS. AA and A-Advanced
OF Christopher Arias (500K)- Released. DNP in 2018 or 2019
SS Wander Javier (4.0M)- 80GP, .177BA, 9 2B, 3B, 11HR, 37RBI, 2SB, and .601OPS. A-Ball
SS Gregory Guerrero (1.5M)- 53GP, .222BA, 7 2B, 2 3B, 6HR, 23RBI, 2SB, and .698OPS. Rookie-A
SS Andres Gimenez (1.2M)- 117GP, .250BA, 22 2B, 5 3B, 9HR, 37RBI, 28SB, and .695OPS. AA
OF Jhailyn Ortiz (4.2M)- 115GP, .200BA, 15 2B, 3 3B, 19HR, 65RBI, 2SB, and .653OPS. A-Advanced
C Rafael Marchan– 85GP, .261BA, 20 2B, 23RBI, 2SB, and .658OPS. A-Advanced and A-Ball
St. Louis Cardinals
RHP Alvaro Seijas (762K)- 8-6, 2.81ERA, 24GS, 54:114 BB:K, 134.1IP, and 1.35WHIP. A-Ball and A-Advanced.
San Francisco Giants
SS Lucius Fox (6.0M)- Traded to Tampa Bay Rays. 119GP, .221BA, 16 2B, 9 3B, 3HR, 34RBI, 39SB, and .657OPS. AA and AAA
1B Carlos Vargas (1.25M)- Traded to Tampa Bay Rays. 16GP, .204BA, 5 2B, 3B, HR, 3RBI, SB, and .648OPS. SS A-Ball
OF Leody Tavares (2.1M)- 131GP, .279BA, 19 2B, 8 3B, 5HR, 56RBI, 32SB, and .719OPS. AA and A-Advanced
OF Miguel Aparicio (500K)- 112GP, .251BA, 21 2B, 8 3B, 12HR, 49RBI, 12SB, and .728OPS. A-Ball
OF Juan Soto (1.5M)- 150GP, .282BA, 32 2B, 5 3B, 34HR, 110RBI, 12SB, and .949OPS. MLB, 2nd season in MLB.
Toronto Blue Jays
3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (4.1M)- 123GP, .272BA, 26 2B, 2 3B, 15HR, 69RBI, and .772OPS. MLB.
Obviously, there were many many more international free agents signed not listed above. Feel free to include other 2015 IFA signed that I’ve forgotten. We can safely say that Juan Soto was the best IFA signing in 2015 thus far. Soto reached the MLB in 2018 and was signed for just 1.5M. Fernando Tatis Jr. is not far behind Soto with his monster rookie season for the Padres and his low 700K signing bonus.
A lot of talent from 2015 still remains in the minors with Fox, Tavarez, Gimenez, and Pache making a push for the major leagues in 2020. The Blue Jays have a chance at seeing Maximo Castillo join Vladdy in Toronto in the next season or two. Dany Jimenez could be an option to be picked by another team in this year’s Rule V Draft or be added to the Blue Jays 40-man roster.
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