2024 International Signing Period: Dodgers Sign Emil Morales & 18 More Prospects

Originally published by DodgerBlue.com

The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms with 19 international amateur free agents, including the No. 14 prospect in the 2024 class, shortstop Emil Morales.

In total, the Dodgers signed seven pitchers, four catchers, five infielders and three outfielders to open the 2024 signing period. The Dodgers had another strong class, which includes players from four different counties.

Morales is the No. 14 rated prospect by MLB.com and the eighth-ranked infielder in the 2024 class. He was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, and trained in the Dominican Republic at MLB’s Trainer Partnership Program.

It is the third straight season the Dodgers’ top-rated prospect is from the Dominican Republic, joining Samuel Muñoz and Joendry Vargas, who were their top signings in the 2022 and 2023 international classes. The 17-year-old right-handed hitter gets touted for his advanced baseball IQ, managing the strike zone and his power.

For the current international signing period, the Dodgers had a $5.284 million base bonus pool. Teams are permitted to trade for additional money, up to 60% of their original bonus pool. Bonus pools totals otherwise are a hard cap and cannot be exceeded.

Any signing bonuses over $10,000 count against the pool total.

The 2024 international signing period began on Monday, January 15, which opened the window for teams to add amateur prospects from around the world, and runs through December 15.

An international player is eligible to sign with a team during this time so long as he at least turned 16 years old before signing and be 17 before September 1 of the following year.

Dodgers international signings 2024

Eduardo Rojas, C, Venezuela
Euri Rosa, C, Dominican Republic
Francisco Espinoza, C, Venezuela
Allan Atoji, C, Uganda
Emil Morales, SS, Dominican Republic
Yojackson Laya, SS, Venezuela
Heudy Peña, SS, Dominican Republic
Reyli Mariano, IF, Dominican Republic
David Romero, IF, Venezuela
Rafy Peguero, OF, Dominican Republic
Leider Padilla, OF, Venezuela
Erny Orellana, OF, Venezuela
Michael Ramírez, LHP, Venezuela
Carlos Sardina, RHP, Venezuela
Angel Ramirez, RHP, Mexico
Christian Muñiz, RHP, Mexico
Axel Perez, RHP, Dominican Republic
Alexis Dominguez, RHP, Dominican Republic
Jose Lopez, RHP, Venezuela

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