While the Dodgers didn’t haul in any big names, in line with what was previously speculated, they did ink five players.
Ben Badler of Baseball America reported that the Dodgers signed 16-year-old shortstop Cristian Gomez out of the Dominican Republic.
Gomez, 16, is 5-foot-10, 180 pounds and stands out in the field with soft hands, good range and an average arm. He’s an instinctive player in the field and has gap power from the right side of the plate. Terms were not available but Gomez was expected to sign for a low six-figure bonus.
The Dodgers themselves officially announced the signings of four 16-year-old players: pitchers Lenix Osuna, Victor Gonzalez, and William Soto, and catcher Julian Leon.
“We’re pleased to announce we have been extremely active in the July 2 signing period and have signed multiple players with more on the horizon,” scouting director Logan White said. “We are able to get three fine young arms with bright futures.”
Osuna is the son of former Dodgers pitcher Antonio Osuna, who went 24-21 with a 3.28 ERA over six seasons as a reliever. Osuna, Gonzalez and Leon are all from Mexico, while Soto is from Venezuela.
Always loved Antonio Osuna and signing his son is just perfectly typical of Logan White‘s bloodlines obsession.
#Dodgers spent about $1 million on the four international amateur players they signed today.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) July 2, 2012
Probably leaves the team around $1.8 million to $1.5 million to sign other players, but it doesn’t seem like they’ll get close to the cap unless they come out of nowhere on some of the remaining bigger names.