Isaac Azout, Kevin Barral and Ely Sussman are joined by Adrian Lorenzo, the Marlins’ Senior Director of International Operations. They discuss the following topics:
- Lorenzo’s job responsibilities
- Recent international signees showing big league potential
- Key aspects of team’s new Dominican Academy
- Consequences of changing to an international draft system
- Players struggling with transition from Triple-A to MLB
- How he balances his baseball career with his passion for art
- His message to Marlins Twitter
Enjoy Episode 31!
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Lorenzo is a Miami native and an alum of the University of Pennsylvania who played baseball throughout his college days. He began his professional career in baseball operations with the Boston Red Sox, spending six years there before being hired away by the Fish. He’s now entering his fifth season with the Marlins and his second running international operations, with a primary focus on finding talent in the Dominican Republic.
Coincidentally, Thursday is the final day of MLB’s 2021-22 international free agent signing period. The Marlins signed approximately 65 total players, according to Lorenzo. He highlighted outfielder José Gerardo, infielder Marco Vargas and recently traded right-hander Santiago Suárez as top performers from that class. He expects the Marlins to sign “a little larger than half” as many players during the next IFA period (opening on January 15).
Here is more about Lorenzo’s abstract art company, which was formally established in April 2022.
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