January 15, 2023, opens up what is known as International Signing Day in Major League Baseball, where all 30 teams talk, negotiate and sign international prospects, mostly ages 16 to 21.
The Orioles spent around $5 million this year, and in the process, they signed a player that was a member of MLB’s top-50 international prospects.
Luis Almeyda is a 16-year-old shortstop from Santiago, Dominican Republic. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound star was ranked No. 20 on MLB’s top-50 international prospects list for 2023.
According to MLB’s rating system, Almeyda is a good contact and great power hitter who runs well, has a fantastic arm and has above average fielding skills. He has the potential to be a five-tool player once he reaches the big leagues.
Almeyda was one of 27 different international signings for the Orioles in 2023. The Birds also gave the young man $2.3 million to sign with Baltimore, the first time the organization has spent over $2 million on an international signee.
This is the third year in a row that Baltimore has signed a top international prospect on MLB’s ranking system after signing outfielder Braylin Tavera in 2022 and shortstop Maikol Hernández in 2021.
Below is a list of the international prospects signed by the Orioles as Sunday afternoon.
While these players still have at least three to four years to develop, it’s nice to see the Orioles have a great presence in the international market, something that has changed dramatically in the last few years for the organization.
Under Orioles GM Mike Elias and Senior Director of International Scouting Koby Perez, the Orioles opened a state-of-the-art training academy in Guerra, Dominican Republic, last year. The 22.5-acre complex is home to the Orioles’ Dominican player development operations, which includes three full fields, a sports turfed agility field, batting and pitching tunnels, administrative buildings, dormitories and educational facilities.
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