The San Diego Padres are at it again on the international market as the club has signed yet another player. This time the Padres have signed a right handed pitcher out of Cuba named Ronald Bolanos. The pitcher was regarded as one of the best prospects in the signing period and was listed as the 20th ranked international prospect coming into the signing period which started July2.
A.J. Preller is wasting no time in signing these youngster to big money. The Padres have traditionally not spent very much on the international market but that has all changed now. They have blown passed their bonus pool money and will have to pay heavy fines. In fact the $2.25 million dollar deal they signed Bolanos to will actually cost them $4.5 million as they are currently subject to a 100% tax on anyone they sign until next July. The team has now spent upwards of $65 million dollars on young talent from other countries.
Padres Agree To Sign Cuban Pitcher Ronald Bolanos https://t.co/NJeKpARgVM
— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) August 2, 2016
The Padres now have eight of the 27 signed top 30 international players. That is really unheard of especially if you factor in the Padres have signed four out of the top 10. The farm system will get a much-needed boost in a few seasons and the future of the Padres has never looked brighter. Of course all these players are no sure thing, but if you surround yourself with an extraordinary amount of talent (like the Padres have), you will surely find success with some of them.
Preller has taken a lot of criticism for the Padres performance on the field. In fact the Padres have not played well under his guidance. However the GM is constructing an overhaul of the philosophy of this franchise and that is no easy task by any means. Fans will just have to remain patient. Those that have the vision are aware of how special this time is.
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) August 2, 2016
Adding Bolanos to the Padres farm system was a no-brainer. He is 20 and a little further along in his development that most of the young kids the team drafted. Bolanos has a live arm and has a bit of a deception about the way he throws. He hides the ball well and hitters have a tough time adjusting to him. His three-quarters motion has a lot to do with that. Bolanos has been clocked in the 94-96 MPH range and has an excellent slider. The young man also throws a curve ball and a change up. He has four pitches and commands them pretty well. Bill Badler of Baseball America indicates though he won’t pitch this year, Bolanos is seasoned enough that he could start next year in Fort Wayne or Lake Elsinore.
The former Cuban national left the country in the summer of 2015 after pitching as a member of the country’s Junior National team. As a reliever in 2014-15 he pitched for Mayabeque which is in Cuba’s top league. He threw 37 2/3 innings to the tune of a 4.89 ERA. He is still very young and there is some work to do with this young man, but he has a decent future. He projects as a mid to top of the rotation type starter. Wat to go A.J… keep em coming.