Watch Dominican amateur baseball online
With the Mariners among the most prominent players in the international market year in, year out, many people here and on other sites around the internet have often expressed interest in the international scouting game. In the past, the answer was always that the kids are raw as hell, because most of them go into high-octane training programs at a very young age that focus on building athleticism and drills rather than playing actual baseball games.
This has started to change in the past couple of years with the advent of trainer-run leagues, most notably the Dominican Prospect League. Tomorrow, a TV station out of the Dominican Republic will be broadcasting the DPL all-star game. You can watch online at http://www.teleuniversocanal29.net tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. The game will feature $3.5 million Texas signee Ronald Guzman as well as Helsin Martinez, who the Mariners were rumored to have signed for somewhere in the neighborhood of $2 million (though that rumor has been walked back), among many other 6 and 7-figure signees.
As for what to expect: I’m going out on a limb and saying you’ll probably see a good deal of athleticism on the field, and very, very raw baseball skills. The DPL is turning into the Dominican equivalent of the showcase circuit in the United States, only with kids 2 years younger than their American counterparts. Nonetheless, I thought it might be interesting for those who want to see what a $3.5 million 16-year-old talent looks like.