International Amateur Watch: Minneapolis, Toronto Dive In

The Toronto Nomads and the Minneapolis Ravens are the first teams to ink deals with international amateurs, after three young free agents were signed today.

The Nomads signed up Dominican phenom, Marcos Garcia, a 16-year-old right fielder profiled by scouts as a potential solid line drive contact hitter, giving him a $1.5 million signing bonus. Garcia joins the international roster and could see action at Rookie-level next season.

Meanwhile, the Ravens grabbed a pair of Venezuelans, 17-year-old Tony Aguire, a right-handed knuckleballer, and 16-year-old Hector Lozano, a lefty batting center fielder.

Aguire was signed for $800K, while Lozano took $370K. Lozano could be a hard-hitting groundballer with speed on the base paths, a potential top extra-bases guy who reminds some of big-league shortstop Roberto Castro.

Team officials for both clubs were said to be ecstatic at the signings, but had no word on whether any further international amateurs were in their sights this season.

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