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A Few International Signings

About a week ago, Nats scouting director Dana Brown and national crosschecker Kris Kline went on a scouting trip to the Dominican Republic. Their efforts down there netted three signings, teenagers who will likely begin their pro careers with one of Washington's affiliates in the Dominican Summer League. Those who agreed on contracts with the organization:




All three players were scouting at the Loma del Sueno complex in San Cristobal. According to Kline, Encarnacion is lankly with velocity that typically hits the high 80s; the Nats, though, see enough live snapping action in his arm that they project this to improve significantly as he gets older. Bernabel is a thick-bodied guy, Kline said, who has some potential to hit for power. Rodriguez is a lefty with a quick stroke, and very sound in the field.

By Chico Harlan  |  November 3, 2008; 1:49 PM ET
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Thanks Chico.

It's nice to finally see movement internationally.

Any idea why it took the Nats so long to make any international signings?

Posted by: Brian_ | November 3, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

What was the buscones' cut?

Posted by: leetee1955 | November 3, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, all teams make international signings. The Nats have been avoiding the high bonus international signings. Did these kids sign for pretty big bucks or for the standard amounts?

Posted by: EdDC | November 3, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: misschatter | November 3, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Are they just looking in the Caribbean or do they have scouting activity in Japan, Korea and Taiwan as well?

Posted by: ramgut | November 3, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

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