The youngest Angels prospect was born in 1997 - Ricardo Sanchez, a pitching phenom out of Venezuela has signed with the Angels for a reported bonus of $580,000. that's more than Mike Trout or Collin Cowgill will make this season!
This coincides with the team opening a new baseball academy in Bocachica, Dominaca.
Sanchez is not even six feet tall and weighs only 160 pounds but there is plenty of room for growth and that should only add firepower to his fastball that already hits 90 MPH. Scouts consider him to have a good baseball intellect for mixing in the change-up and he is said to have a curveball that is developmentally way ahead of schedule on the way toward being major league ready.
The Angels have $2 Million allotted for international signing bonuses.
The Angels have been publicly silent in pursuing international free agents. One reason is that under former General Manager Tony Reagins, the team's director of international scouting, Clay Daniel, was implicated in a skimming scheme. No one knows the circumstances but they say his dismissal happened pretty quick after it was discovered - inflated bonuses being given for sub-par players and the loot divided among many interested parties - with nobody having the Angels' interests at all. Far be it form the mainstream media like the LA Times or OC Register to investigate any further let alone the hush-hush Miami mafia that covers the team for MLB.com. The silence on the international front was deafening until today.
MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez did report (ON HIS OFFICIAL BLOG) that Sanchez could soon make it to the Arizona Summer League Angels.