International signing period begins
Approximately 40 percent of the players in organized baseball were born outside the United States. Most of those players sign during the summer when they are 16 years old, a signing period that begins annually on July 2.
The money being spent internationally has skyrocketed in the last dozen years, with high-profile signings such as
Teams are willing to spend in Asia as well -- such as the Red Sox's foray last year into the Japanese amateur ranks to sign Double-A right-hander
The latest, of course, was Oakland's blockbuster in last year's July 2 period. The A's signed 6-foot-7 right-hander
Here are the rest of BA's Top 25 international prospects:
To read scouting reports on Nos. 6-25, go