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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:10 am 
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Scouts Also Console Devastated Mothers

Yellow Springs Nine scouts returned from an intense off-season that resulted in several high-visibility signings (noted here), but also with a few low-grade finds that fell off the radar as well as stories of consoling devastated mothers in countries where the past regime of the Louisville Slugger leadership had run a hustle that “signed” several young men to an international team that didn’t exist. “To have to look those mothers in the eye and explain what happened,” said one scout. “IT was horrible.”

As a result of this outreach, however, the team has come away with two interesting players who may start in the complex and may go straight to Rookie Ball.

Sergio Perez (7/7/8) is a 16 year-old who already throws 93 MPH. Scouts say his fastball and slider are likely to be more than solid, and that he’s still working on a third pitch. Some suggest his most likely destination is a bullpen.

Catcher Wagner Braunsteiner (6/7/5/6/6) might be one reason the club was willing to part with prospect Benjamin Clark. The native of Germany is 16, but spent his early days following Munchen from the old BBA. Scouts think the bat will play, and they loved the way he moved behind the plate, though suggest he’s going to have to work at getting his noodle arm stronger. Still, you know. 16.

Scouts also raved at the quality of these young men, suggesting both are hard working individuals, and commenting on their love of the game. Both project to making fantastic teammates.

As with most 16 year old players they’ll both need some serious development, so it’s unlikely they’ll see Rookie Ball in 2035, but the quality of the draft remains to be seen, and you should never count anything out before you have to.

All total, adding the pair makes the Nine’s complex arguably one of the more exciting groups of young players around the league.

“We’ve had good success with the International Complex in the past,” said GM Ron Collins. “And, sure, we’ve had some flame outs, too. These kids are always a gamble. But when you get hold of quality individuals and can make their lives better, it’s all good no matter what.”

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Seems like the random IFA signings are much better in OOTP19./

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:34 pm 
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So far, anyway.

We'll see how they progress.

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