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Offishial news, 1/16/23: International signings roundup; “not great” farm system

Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes more information about this week’s job fair at LoanDepot Park.

Dominican outfielder Jancory De La Cruz and his family at Sunday’s signing ceremony.
Dominican outfielder Jancory De La Cruz and his family at Sunday’s signing ceremony.

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  • Sunday’s winter ball updates: Javier Sanoja (Cardenales de Lara) went 1-for-4 with 1 RBI; J.D. Osborne (Melbourne Aces) went 0-for-4.
  • My Marlins winter ball tracker has been updated accordingly.
  • MLB’s new international amateur signing period opened on Sunday and the Marlins added dozens of players to their organization. The largest bonuses went to Bahamian two-way player Janero Miller ($950k), Dominican infielder Fabian López ($650k) and Venezuelan outfielder Andrés Valor ($520k). The class also included prospects from Japan (RHP Hiroshi Takahashi) and Curacao (INF Jayden Felicia). Following these signings, Miami has less than a million dollars of its bonus pool remaining for the rest of the year, but there is the flexibility to trade with other teams for more pool space.
  • The newest non-roster invitee to 2023 spring training is Enrique Burgos, a 32-year-old right-hander who’s been bouncing around foreign and independent leagues over the last half-decade. Burgos posted a flawless 0.00 earned run average for Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Republic, a club coincidentally managed by new Marlins bench coach Luis Urueta.
  • Those interested in attending Tuesday’s Marlins event staff job fair are advised to fill out this brief registration form.
  • On the Baseball America podcast, Josh Norris gives his take on an underwhelming Marlins farm system. He echoes industry-wide concerns about 2021 top draft pick Kahlil Watson. “I’ve been doing this 10 years. The reviews I got on Watson this year were the worst I’ve gotten on any player, especially of his stature.”
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  • Happy 23rd birthday to Cody Morissette. Morissette’s promising 2022 campaign was derailed by a foot injury. When healthy, the lefty swinger was particularly good against the same-handed pitching he faced in the Midwest League (.300/.396/.513, 4 HR vs. LHP). He will likely move up to Double-A Pensacola this year.