The Braves will reportedly sign Jose Perdomo when the international free agency signing period opens on January 15th. Perdomo is consistently rated as one of the top few prospects in the class by media prospect scouts. While it is certainly exciting that they are bringing in a highly rated prospect, I am not a huge fan of the resource allocation strategy that involves investing heavily in a low quantity of international amateurs, as opposed to spreading the money around to get more prospects of a more moderate quality. I wrote about this last year, but the TLDR is that money spent on “top” international prospects seems to have a significantly worse ROI than money spent on lower level international prospects. Of course, this market may not exactly be a well-informed, free, corruption-free market, so there are some complicating factors for teams when seeking to optimize their investment, meaning this may be the best way the Braves can allocate their resources this particular year. That being said, it may be wise to temper our enthusiasm, knowing the trends of the past, even as teams likely have improved their scouting in this market and have improved their development techniques as well. Betting on any 17 year old to become one of the world’s best at just about anything, especially something as hard as baseball is always an improbable proposition.
The Braves will reportedly sign Jose Perdomo, the top international free agent in the class when the signing window opens.
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