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:
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