2017-18 International Free Agent Class (to date)

Baseball America’s Ben Badler published an International Review of the Phillies signings.  He stated that during the signing period that began July 2, 2017 that the Phillies have signed 54 players and gave a brief synopsis of seven.

The players he covered are (see article for full descriptions) –

  1. 17-year old, SS Luis Garcia (DR) – top signing at $2.5 million. Supposed to be a top defensive player
  2. 17-year old, RHP Victor Vargas (Col) signed for $525.5K. FB projects low 90s with advanced secondaries
  3. 17-year old, C Cesar Rodriguez (Ven) signed for $500K. Hit first-over-power-over defense right now
  4. 17-year old, RHP Carlos Betancourt (Ven) signed for $460K. Athletic w/FB that reached 94 mph
  5. 17-year-old, RHP Alfonso Puello (DR) signed for $460K. Big frame, chance to develop into a power arm
  6. 16-year old, OF Jefferson Garcia (DR) signed for $265K. One of the youngest players in the 2017 class (The Phillies announced his signing as Jefferson Encarnacion.)
  7. 17-year-old, C Oscar Gonzalez (Ven) signed for $135K. Offensive-minded

The Phillies are still signing a few international free agents each week.  In addition to the seven mentioned in Badler’s article, I count another 57 international free agents signed by the Phillies.  Here are the 64 I’ve recorded since 7/2/2017 in sign date order  –



Player Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. DOB Age Sign Date Age on 6/5 # of Seasons R5 Eligible
Betancourt Carlos RHP R/R 6’1 160 3/27/2001 17.27 7/2/17 16.2 5 2021
Puello Alfonzo RHP R/R 6’3 200 10/10/2000 17.73 7/2/17 16.66 5 2021
Vargas Victor RHP R/R 6’1 175 9/3/2000 17.83 7/2/17 16.76 5 2021
Rodriguez Cesar C S/R 5’10 160 12/26/2000 17.52 7/2/2017 16.45 5 2021
Garcia Luis SS S/R 5’11 170 10/1/2000 17.76 7/2/2017 16.69 5 2021
Tamariz Diego RHP R/R 5’11 180 10/26/2000 17.69 7/2/2017 16.62 5 2021
Torres Alberto LHP L/L 6’0 155 4/28/2001 17.18 7/2/2017 16.12 5 2021
Gonzalez Oscar C R/R 6’0 184 11/21/2000 17.62 7/2/2017 16.55 5 2021
Cruz Cristofer RHP R/R 6’0 155 4/5/1999 19.25 7/3/2017 18.18 5 2021
Parraga Roger RHP R/R 6’2 170 2/15/2001 17.38 7/6/2017 16.31 5 2021
Mata Cesar OF L/L 5’9 200 9/15/2000 17.8 7/6/2017 16.73 5 2021
Hernandez Joan RHP R/R 6’0 180 7/7/1999 18.99 7/7/2017 17.93 5 2021
Ramirez Pedro OF R/R 6’0 175 2/14/2000 18.39 7/7/2017 17.32 5 2021
Hernandez Christian RHP R/R 6’3 180 9/23/2000 17.78 7/9/2017 16.71 5 2021
Gomez Luis RHP R/R 6’1 174 5/14/2001 17.14 7/14/2017 16.07 5 2021
Reyes Andy RHP R/R 6’0 160 3/11/2000 18.32 7/14/2017 17.25 5 2021
Lima Christian RHP R/R 6’2 190 7/5/2000 18 7/17/2017 16.93 5 2021
Marin Adrian LHP L/L 5’11 155 1/19/1999 19.46 7/19/2017 18.39 5 2021
Palma Jhonny LHP L/L 6’0 160 9/18/2000 17.79 8/2/2017 16.72 5 2021
Candelo Luis RHP R/R 5’11 190 6/27/1997 21.02 9/12/2017 19.95 4 2021
Gonell Rafi RHP R/R 6’2 190 2/16/1997 21.38 1/19/2018 20.31 4 2021
Tols Josh LHP L/L 5’7 185 10/6/1989 28.75 2/9/2018 27.68 4 2021
Martinez Alejandro P R/R 5/8/1998 20.16 3/30/2018 19.09 4 2021
Bido Nathaniel LHP L/L 8/22/1997 20.87 4/25/2018 19.8 4 2021
Morales Efrain RHP R/R 6’0 191 6/26/2001 17.02 9/5/2017 15.95 5 2022
Vilchez Daniel RHP R/R 6’1 155 10/4/2000 17.75 9/11/2017 16.68 5 2022
Encarnacion Jeff OF L/L 6’2 185 8/28/2001 16.85 9/12/2017 15.78 5 2022
Ortega Junior OF R/R 5’11 175 9/30/1999 18.76 9/13/2017 17.69 5 2022
Perez Daivin P L/L 6’2 170 10/19/1998 19.71 10/23/2017 18.64 5 2022
Miranda Juan P L/L 5’10 166 2/27/1999 19.35 10/31/2017 18.28 5 2022
Sanchez Sergio P L/L 6’2 144 12/16/2000 17.55 11/7/2017 16.48 5 2022
Moreno Noelis P R/R 6’2 201 1/23/1999 19.45 11/14/2017 18.38 5 2022
Glogoski Kyle RHP R/R 6’2 183 1/6/1999 19.49 1/8/2018 19 5 2022
Franco Rafael OF R/R 6’2 155 6/20/2001 17.04 1/18/2018 15.97 5 2022
Rojas Johan OF R/R 6’1 165 8/14/2000 17.89 1/18/2018 16.82 5 2022
Estevez Engel RHP R/R 6’1 180 2/8/2000 18.4 1/19/2018 17.33 5 2022
Mejia Hernando RHP R/R 6’3 220 6/8/2000 18.07 1/20/2018 17 5 2022
Martinez Jordi LHP L/L 6’2 185 7/18/2000 17.96 1/22/2018 16.89 5 2022
Rondon Elian SS L/R 5’11 166 6/24/2000 18.03 1/31/2018 16.96 5 2022
Garrido Maikel LHP L/L 6’4 175 1/24/2000 18.44 2/19/2018 17.38 5 2022
Barboza Edward C R/R 5’11 175 4/2/2001 17.25 2/19/2018 16.19 5 2022
Urias Manuel RHP R/R 6’6 200 3/8/2001 17.32 3/7/2018 16.25 5 2022
De Freitas Arturo C R/R 6’0 170 5/28/2001 17.1 3/13/2018 15.03 5 2022
Cedeno Jose OF L/L 6’2 168 3/19/2001 17.29 3/14/2018 15.22 5 2022
Aleman Edinso LHP L/L 5’11 178 10/6/2000 17.74 3/15/2018 15.67 5 2022
Valdez Wilson INF R/R 10/25/1999 18.69 3/30/2018 17.62 5 2022
Luna Jesus P R/R 11/6/2000 17.66 4/3/2018 16.59 5 2022
Marcano Rafael P L/L 4/2/2000 18.25 4/17/2018 17.19 5 2022
Hernandez Carlos C L/R 5/1/2001 17.18 4/17/2018 16.11 5 2022
Wingrove Rixon C L/R 6’4 235 5/23/2000 18.12 4/20/2018 17.05 5 2022
Marin Jhostyn RHP R/R 1/30/2001 17.42 4/27/2018 16.36 5 2022
Boekhoudt Mani OF L/R 9/20/1999 18.79 5/2/2018 17.72 5 2022
Francisco Freddy C R/R 2/7/2001 17.4 5/3/2018 16.33 5 2022
Guzman Michael LHP L/L 7/31/2000 17.93 5/3/2018 16.86 5 2022
Pina Nicoly RHP R/R 10/8/1999 18.74 5/3/2018 17.67 5 2022
Segovia Eduar RHP R/R 1/10/2001 17.48 5/3/2018 16.41 5 2022
Mead Curtis INF R/R 6’1 162 10/26/2000 17.69 5/4/2018 16.62 5 2022
Naranjo Yosmel P L/L 6’3 205 3/8/2000 18.32 17.25 5 2022
Peguero Giuseppe OF R/R 6’0 176 6/3/2000 18.08 17.02 5 2022
Brazano Emiliano P R/R 2/2/2000 18.42 17.35 5 2022
Geraldo Juan P R/R 8/6/2001 16.91 15.84 5 2022
Ascencio Ryan C R/R 3/1/1999 19.35 18.28 5 2022
Duran Christopher INF R/R 11/2/2000 17.67 16.6 5 2022
Liriano Elias P R/R 6’5 193 3/19/1999 19.3 18.23 5 2022

6 thoughts on “2017-18 International Free Agent Class (to date)

  1. nice list. as i said on the other sites hope 10-15 make the majors. BUT… Josh Tols a 5’7″ lefty signs at almost 29 years old! that’s unusual, don’t you think.

    1. Tols – age 28 for another three months – is from Oz which is why he’s on the International FA list.. He’s been playing professionally Down Under since the age of 20. He has played also since 2014 in the Pecos League and the American Association. (Australian League is in our Winter – their Summer).

  2. Excited and interested in seeing the three half-million dollar pitchers….Vargas, Betancourt, and Puello.

      1. rocco…hah…I think that is Toto.
        But the write up on DR RHP Alfonso Puello from Jim’s friend was encouraging.
        He is a big guy at 6’3″ and already 200 plus lbs for a 17 year old.
        And Nick Fanti looks to be coming back soon.

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