Story's about the players:
The Rockies have signed Luis Guzman, a lefthander from Venezuela.
Guzman, 16, is a strike-thrower with a fastball in the mid-to-high 80s. Guzman has also shown feel for his secondary stuff, including a quality curveball. BA.com
The Rockies have agreed to terms with 16-year-old Venezuelan righthander Antonio Senzatela. Bonus terms were not immediately available.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Senzatela was one of the top arms in Latin America this year. He's an advanced strike-thrower for his age with a fastball that can reach 92-93 mph. Baseball America.com
Signed: RHP Pablo Menchaca (Monterrey (Mexican))
Signed: LHP Jose Tovar
Tovar is from Venezuela but has spent time pitching in the Dominican Republic, where he has caught the attention of teams with quality stuff and an advanced idea of how to pitch for his age. Tovar, 16, throws strikes with a clean delivery and a loose arm. His fastball sits in the mid- to high 80s and can touch 90 mph, and he's shown feel for a curve and a changeup. BA
Signed: OF Alex Escobar, OF Bronson Sardinha
---Neither Escobar nor Sardinha played affiliated or independent ball last year, though Escobar did put in time for Magallanes of the Venezuelan League this winter. The 31-year-old batted .273/.359/.394 with four doubles in 17 games. Seeing as the Rockies are swimming in lefty outfield bats, Escobar may provide insurance in case Ryan Spilborghs doesn't bounce back. BA
Signed: RHP Johendi Jiminian
The Rockies have signed Dominican righthander Johendi Jiminian, one of the more advanced pitchers available on the international market. Jiminian, 17, has an 88-90 mph fastball that has touched 92, along with an advanced feel for a curveball and a promising changeup for his age. The 6-foot-3 Jiminian has a projectable frame and generates good angle toward the plate with his delivery.
"What we liked about him was the arm action, the looseness of the arm," said Rockies international scouting director Rolando Fernandez, who noted that the Rockies have followed Jiminian since he was 15. "We liked the delivery for a kid his age and also his pitchability in games. He's a guy who has feel for everything he did."
The Rockies will bring Jiminian to spring training next month, though he will begin his career in the Dominican Summer League, a path the Rockies have typically taken with their top young Latin American arms, including Ubaldo Jiminez and Jhoulys Chacin, among others. BA
Draft picks the Rockies have signed [but haven't assigned to a team yet] include outfielder Avery Barnes, 11th round, Florida; third baseman Dominic Altobelli, 16th round, Illinois; outfielder Chandler Laurent, 21st round, Delgado (La.) College; second baeman Jose Rivera, 23rd round, Universidad Interamericana; right-handed pitcher Trevor Gibson, 25th round, San Jose State; catcher Bryce Massanari, 30th round, Georiga; right-handed pitcher Clint Tilford, 31st round, Kentucky; left-handed pithcer Steven Junker, 32nd round, Bellevue Univeristy; right-handed pitcher Coty Woods, 33rd round, Middle Tennessee State; catcher Brandon Whitby, 34th round, Prairie View A&M; right-handed pitcher Clinton McKinney, 48th round, Clemson, outfielder Robert Hines, 50th round, Middle Tennessee State and shortstop Jeremiah Sammy, a non-drafted free agent out of Lamar University (Texas). insidetherockies.com
ESPN is reporting:
Some think left-handed pitcher Victor Payano, who is represented by Dominican trainer Edgar Mercedes, may sign with the Colorado Rockies for a bonus in the $600,000 range. Colorado is also the likely landing spot for shortstop Rosel Herrera, who is also represented by Mercedes. insidetherockies.com
FYI: There are many more unassigned players in the system but I haven't been able to find all the names as of yet. Also, the players listed in here are not from the DSL league nor are they from any of the camps in Latin America.
The Rockies have signed right- handed pitcher Alving Mejias, 16, from Venezuela for $250,000. Mejias has a solid 90-mph fastball, a feel for a changeup with sink, a solid curveball and deception in his mechanics. RMN
Jose Laurino, a 16-year-old right-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic, is among three Latin signees by the Rockies in the past year who were singled out by Baseball America. Laurino is 6-foot-3, already hits 91 mph with his fastball and has a solid curveball and changeup. Also mentioned were right-handed pitcher Jefri Hernandez, 17, who has hit 97 mph with his fastball, and third baseman Miguel De Leon, 17, who was signed for around $250,000, has above-average power and advanced hitting instincts. RMN