Baseball America’s International Bonus Board lines up the players expected to sign for the top 50 bonuses in the 2024 class, with scouting reports and the expected signing team for every player.
Players on the board are sorted in order of their expected signing bonus. In other words, a player being No. 7 on the board means he is expected to sign for the seventh-highest bonus this year, not that he’s our No. 7 player in the class.
While the international signing period opens on January 15, international prospects often have agreements to sign in place going back three or more years to when they were 13 or 14. Typically, once a player in the Dominican Republic or Venezuela commits to sign with a team, he stops doing showcases and is no longer scouted much in a competitive environment by other clubs. There are exceptions, but when calling international scouts about players, it’s common to get a response along the lines of, “Here’s what I saw from him, but the last time I saw him was two years ago.”
In terms of evaluating and projecting players, the bonus they’re receiving isn’t all that important, but it is an objective way to line up players. That might change in the future, but at this time it’s the most fair and honest approach I feel comfortable with, given the enormous level of uncertainty with players who can change tremendously from the time they agreed to sign until Jan. 15.
There are, of course, many players whose talent levels are higher or lower than their bonus might indicate. To spotlight prospects on the rise, certain players have “Trending Up” arrows highlighted under their names to show which prospects would rank higher if it were a straight talent ranking.
Only players who are expected to sign this year are included on the board. There are some players who are eligible to sign in 2024 who we have heard are not signing until 2025, so those players will be covered and included in the class of players signing in 2025.
1. Jose Perdomo, SS, Venezuela
Born: Sept. 20, 2006. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 5-11. Wt.: 170.
Early in the scouting process for this international signing class, Perdomo established himself as one of the premier players available, with a big showcase in Florida focused on him and 2023 catcher Ethan Salas that generated major buzz for both players. Salas was the top player in his class when he signed with the Padres for $5.6 million, with Perdomo in line to sign for similar money. Perdomo’s bat has been his calling…