Cardinals Announce 17 International Signings For 2023 Period

Nine Pitchers and Eight Position Players Representing Six Different Countries Among Today’s Signees

ST. LOUIS, Mo., January 15, 2023 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today the signing of 17 free-agent players representing the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico, Ecuador, Cuba and the Bahamas from the first day of Major League Baseball’s international signing period for 2023. Nine pitchers, five outfielders, two shortstops, and one catcher were among the signees.

All of the players are being signed for the 2023 minor league season and are subject to MLB approval.  A complete listing of the Cardinals international player signings is below:

Hancel AlmonteCFR/R6-118312/6/200517Villa Mella, Dominican Republic
Andru ArthurOFL/L6-117211/1/200517Nassau, Bahamas
Luis AtochaCL/R6-018412/14/200418Guayaquil, Ecuador
Jarol BaezRHPR/R6-218710/21/200517Bani, Dominican Republic
Emisael CarreraRHPR/R6-02002/22/200616Chirgua, Carabobo, Venezuela
Xavier CruzRHPR/R6-21539/4/200517Santiago, Dominican Republic
Angel GilOFL/L6-317412/12/200517San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
Reiner LopezRHPR/R6-81964/11/200616Caja Seca, Zulia, Venezuela$500,000
Bernard MackLHPL/L6-216010/24/200517Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Ruben MenesRHPR/R6-11934/17/200220Matanzas, Cuba$425,000
Keiverson RamirezRHPR/R6-11554/5/200616Miranda, Venezuela
Daniel RojasSSR/R5-915111/16/200517Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Stiveen RojasLHPL/L5-91368/29/200616Moca, Dominican Republic
Fernando RoquezRFL/R6-11819/1/200517Santo Domingo Oeste, Dominican Republic
Bracewell TaverasSSS/R6-01626/5/200616Higuey, Dominican Republic$450,000
Giovanni VargasRHPR/R6-11793/3/200616Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico
Facundo VelasquezCFS/R6-11751/16/200616Guarico, Venezuela

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I’ve added a bonus column to the Cardinals table and will update their spending pool as I find it. Teams are assigned a pool based off slot values; the pool is impacted by things like free agent signings (if they had a qualifying offer), team revenue (teams that receive competitive balance draft picks get a higher pool), and luxury tax penalties. Team can also trade slot amounts; the Cardinals have done that in the past, receiving low level prospects back. Any free agent signed for under $10,000 does not count against the bonus pool.

SignedBonus PoolBonus Confirmed% of Pool Used

Lopez is the prize prospect; he ranked #36 on MLB’s Top 50 International Prospects. Already 6’8″ at 16 years old, Lopez has a fastball that sits 88-93 and projects to get fast as he fills out. He’s got an above average changeup that’s his second pitch, a slider that’s potential above average, and a curve. As of right now, he projected as a starter; based off his pitches and frame, his ceiling is a #1 starter, mid-range is a #3-4 starter, and his floor is middle reliever. Based off his projections, he could crack the top 15 Cardinal prospects.

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