The Detroit Tigers take a bold step, and have signed with Venezuelan Javier Osorio
The Detroit Tigers had a huge success in their 2022 international signing period, which began on Saturday, with the signing of 16-year-old Venezuelan Javier Osorio.
Osorio, who turns 17 in late March, signed a $2.2 million reward, a source familiar with the situation told the Free Press. The right-handed hitter ranks No. 13 on the MLB Pipeline’s Top 50 international prospects and No. 10 on the Top 50 in American baseball.
At 6 feet 172 pounds, Osorio has energy potential due to his putter speed and expected to stay short throughout his development. He lives in Caracas, Venezuela, but traveled to Cartagena, Colombia, to meet the Tigers on Saturday and sign his contract.
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Baseball America’s report on Osorio reads: “Osorio was prominent early in the scouting process as one of the most advanced players in the 2021 class.” “He has a high bat speed for his age, with fast wrists and a strong swing that he cuts through the area quickly. That bat speed helps him drive the ball with collision and gives him a chance to develop into a hard hit. He also fills in. Osorio’s best tools are on the offensive side, but he has the movements and the games.” athleticism and arm strength that could allow him to stay a short distance.”
Tigers have agreed with their second Venezuelan employer, 17-year-old Samuel Gill, for a signing bonus of $1.2 million. American baseball ranks Jill at number 21 internationally, but MLB Pipeline doesn’t include him in their top 50 players list.
The tigers also landed Venezuelan fishermen Josue Briceno ($800,000) and Dominican Heson Sanchez ($800,000). The rewards were First reported by Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.
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The Tigers entered on Saturday with an international reward of $5,721,200. The amount of money the teams can invest is determined by the MLB based on the size of the market. The Tigers are located in the second largest of the four bonus complexes, along with the Milwaukee Brewers, Miami Marlins, Tampa Bay Rays, Cincinnati Reds and Minnesota Twins.
Jill is a 5-9, 154-pound right-hand hitter from Anzoategui state, located on the eastern side of Venezuela.
“Gil has attracted a lot of attention from scouts, mainly because of his skills in the game rather than his raw skills. He is an instinctive player and a high IQ baseball player who combines consistent high-quality bats with easy swing, good communication skills and everything – Fields approach to get the base frequently,” America Baseball Reports. “Gil isn’t a huge threat to the force, but he puts a surprising charge in the ball for his smaller, slender size. He also shows his playing intelligence on the court, as he has good internal clock, plays in control and has a strong arm.”
For last year’s category, the Tigers completed their expensive international signings in January 2021: Dominican Christian Santana for $2.95 million (a record bonus) and Venezuelan Abel Bastidas for $1.175 million.
Santana, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the No. 9 potential player for the Tigers, reached 0.269 with nine home runs, 30 walks and 46 attacks across 54 Dominican Summer League games last season. Bastidas, seeded No. 19, hits 188 with two homers, 35 walks and 46 strikes during 54 games in the same rookie league.
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Before Santana held the team record for a signing bonus, the title belonged to Cuban defense player Roberto Campos. He signed for $2.85 million in July 2019 and played his first professional season in 2021, racking up .228 with eight homers, 17 walks and 41 strikes in 39 Florida Complex League games.
Campos is probability number 8 for tigers.
Venezuelan short-lived Manuel Sequeira also signed with the Tigers in 2019, agreeing to a $750,000 bounty. He won the 2021 League Player of the Year award, thanks to a batting average of 246 with 11 home passes, 15 walks and 57 strikes in 46 players.
In July 2018, the Tigers signed Dominican player Jose de la Cruz for $1.8 million and Dominican Adinso Reyes for $1.45 million.
De La Cruz hit .203 with five home runs, 27 walks and 132 strokes in 83 games between the Florida Complex League (44 games) and Low-A Lakeland (39 games). Reyes scored .184 with seven homers, 12 walks, and 73 strokes in 48 games. He spent the entire 2021 season at FCL.
Reyes is 24th for the Tigers, according to MLB Pipeline, while De La Cruz is 29th on the Top 30 list.
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