Jacob Constante, a 19 year old lefty.
Jacob Constante, a 19 year old lefty.
Very nice. I like that they're putting their big international investments into pitching. At almost 19, this kid is a safer bet than the 16s who sign for a bundle.
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I really hope here in the near future all these dominican players we have signed start turning the corner
I can't recall what the new rules are with regards to international signings. Seemed to me there was a limited pool of money for each club. Anyone remember the details?
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I'd love for George Grande to tell me this kid's story, late bloomer?
<By the way, just realized the irony inherent in a 34 year old referring to a 19 year old as a late bloomer>
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Terrible shaky video
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Another Baseball America blurb on Constante. http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/...all-star-game/
There were some international players at the event as well and some stood out. The first is LHP Jacob Constante. He’s 6-foot-4, 215 lbs and was 90-93 mph with a solid slider. He’s eligible to sign right now. There were some questions about his age/documentation that teams were looking into (teams always want to be sure on this front now before moving forward), but there was a lot of interest. If he’s legit, he’s going to find a deal somewhere soon.
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A watched plot never thickens.
I'm pretty sure Cueto didn't sign until he was 18. Sometimes a gem can slide through unnoticed.
6'4" lefty with a low 90s fastball and a solid slider. Assuming he can throw a strike, this kid won't want for opportunities to become a major leaguer.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
Here is a link to a Baseball America article discussing Constante and why he signed late. Apparently teams have shied away from signing 16 year old Dominican pitchers because most of them don't develop well.
Reports say his fastball has a lot of movement to the point where catchers have a hard time catching the ball. Sounds good as long as he can control it.
I saw a link somewhere in Spanish that led me to believe Constante is a converted outfielder.
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