Today Baseball America posted their review of the Phillies International spending during the 2013 calendar year (encompassing both the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 signing periods). During that time, the Phillies signed 35 players, 4 of them for bonuses greater than $100,000. The full article is here, but here are some highlights.
In April the Phillies signed 18 year old catcher Jose Gonzalez for $300,000. Gonzalez had Tommy John surgery shortly after signing and did not play last summer. The Phillies big signing was Luis Encarnacion for $1,000,000 in August. Encarnacion was one of the best bats in the J2 crop and was widely expected to cost about $1,300,000 (Encarnacion does share a trainer with Gonzalez). Encarnacion is in camp and should start in the GCL. Continue reading Baseball America’s 2013 International Review