The new Dodger Vice President of International Scouting Bob Engle along with Latin America coordinator Patrick Guerrero, who both left the Seattle Mariners after the 2012 season, have made their first big amateur signing by inking 17-year old center fielder Ariel Sandoval out of the Dominican Republic.
The contract is reportedly worth $150,000. Sandoval is 6’2″, 180 pounds and is a right-hand hitting center fielder. The young ball player who trained in Haina has said to have good speed and can hit both for power and batting average according to Ben Badler of Baseball America who reported the signing.
Sandoval will most likely start his professional career in the Dominican Summer League, but I have a feeling this is just the beginning of more international signings to come from the Dodgers’ new international scouting staff. It’s nice to see the organization finally tapping back into the international pool of talent. We will follow Sandoval’s development and progress and keep tabs on the potential future Dodger center fielder.