Post by brnichols19873 on Jul 15, 2015 16:48:08 GMT -5
I did a little digging on on Roniel Roudez (Spanish papers have it with a "z" not s)
due to his dominant performance thus far in the DSL (as one of leagues youngest pitchers at 17 he is in the top 3 in k's, whip and BB/9) and came to really believe this kid could be the steal of the '14 signing period.
-Most impressive may be this kids genetics as his grandfather and Uncle were arguably the two most dominant pitchers in the history of Nicaraguan baseball (outside of mlb stalwharts D Martinez and V Padilla) His grandfather Diego Raudez, was known nationally as, "The King of Punch," due to his ability to get strikeouts. To this end, during his career in the national league, Diego was consistently among the leaders in strikeouts, including the 1983 season when he struck out a record 220; that season also saw him set the single game record of 20 (both still stand). For his Career, Diego ranks among the leaders in nearly every category; He is seventh all-time in wins (120), second in games pitched (417), third in shutouts (30), fourth in strikeouts (1,121), fourth in complete games (97) fourth in innings pitched (1,829) and seventh in saves (30). Sadly, Diego passed in 2005 at the young age of 54 and here is the final line from his farewell story in the national newspaper..."Beyond his numbers he will always be remembered for his will, courage and dedication to the game. He never feared hitters, He was a challenging pitcher until death hit one of his pitches."
(Unfortunately for Diego he was born just prior to the first wave of matriculation of players from Nicaragua to the MLB and thus never received a shot at playing professionally in the US, as he was born just 5 years prior to famed pitcher Dennis Martinez who was the first MLB player from the country (Ironically all of the Raudez clan hail from the same smallish port city of Granada that also produced Martinez). Obviously its impossible to say whether or not Diego would have been talented enough to garner interest or have success in the minors/majors but don't take the fact that he never signed with an organization to be a slight on his talent as political/economic strife within the country for decades limited any real ability players had to leave the country.)
-Roniel's Uncle Julio Cesar Pavon Raudez may have surpassed the accomplishments of his Father by putting together a remarkable career of his own. He was signed by the Giants in 1999 at the age of 23 and went on to perform admirably in 5 full minor league seasons topping out at AAA and posting a career 3.90 era, 7.7 k/9, 1.9 bb/9 in 552 total innings pitched. Upon being let go in 2006, Julio pitched in professional leagues in Panama and Puerto Rico for two seasons before returning to the newly reestablished Nicaraguan league in 2008. In sum, he has went on to pitch parts of 20+ seasons in pro ball continuing through 2015 at the age of 39; this past season he overtook the Nicaraguan career wins lead sitting at 169 as of July 2015. He is also in the top 5 in virtually every other significant category overtaking his father in every one except strikeouts.
-The resemblance of Roniel to his Grandfather Diego is strikingvin nearly every way from physical profile to appearnce down to throwing motion/delivery....here are some pictures of each:
(Black and white are Diego and Color are Roniel)
-Some may view the relatively small 250k bonus given to Raudes as a signal that he was a lower level talent however, when you compare his bonus to that of all other Nicaraguan pitchers in recent history it becomes apparent that he was easily the highest valued to come out of the country in quite some time. Consider the fact that in the last 6 international signing periods (2009 - 2014; since accurate data of bonus numbers prior to '09 for Nicaraguan players is seemingly unavailable, '09 is used as the starting point) just 4 Nicaraguan pitching prospects have signed for a bonus of 100k or more and as the list clearly shows Raudez' 250k bonus was significantly more than those handed out previously...
Roniel Raudez $250,000 - 2014
Jhosmer Cortez $125,000 - 2014
Corby Mccoy $150,000 - 2012
Ronald Medrano $100,000 - 2012
-Also keep in mind just how poor Nicaragua is in relation to other places...Comparing the most recent GDP per capita figures of Nicaragua with those of other nations/territories that produce high amounts of international talent, its apparent just how far behind their economy truly lags.
Puerto Rico $16,300
Dominican Republic $12,800
Their GDP per capita ranges from 2.6x to 3.7x that of Nicaragua which in all honesty I found really surprising. (from cia factbook www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2004rank.html ) With all that said, it would appear that a 250k bonus would be much more impactful their than in these other places.
-Yet another factor possibly allowing the Red Sox to secure a player with a bonus below his apparent value if in a totally free market is the integral relationship that the team has fostered with a Niguarian native named rafael mendoza a key player in the country's national team and development program. For starters he serves as a bench coach for the senior team while also being the general manager of one of the country's few development teams/programs. All this is in addition to being hired as the Red Sox full time scout in Nicaragua in 2012 (prior to this they had no full timer in the country). It was a very shrewd move to garner and foster a relationship with such a native and we'll connect ed individual as I can't imagine many other teams, maybe not any, have a full time scout whose so ingrained in the baseball of the country. And most importantly it appears that it may hav paid off with Mendoza playing a key role in locking this kid down!!
-Extremely excited about this kids upside as he may be another young pitching gem to watch!!!