Team to watch
Right-hander Luis Severino is one of the game's fastest-rising pitching prospects, and he should benefit from a lot of run support at Double-A Trenton. The aptly-named Thunder have four sluggers in outfielder Aaron Judge, first baseman/Arizona Fall League MVP Greg Bird, catcher Gary Sanchez and third baseman Eric Jagielo. Severino signed for just $225,000, while the four hitters combined for $7,739,400 in bonuses.
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Staten Island Yankees
The Yankees spent more than $17 million on international amateurs last year, giving seven-figure bonuses to seven different players. Highlighted by outfielder Juan DeLeon and shortstop Dermis Garcia, both Dominicans, that contingent will breaking into pro ball in Rookie leagues this summer. New York acquired right-hander Domingo German from the Marlins in the Martin Prado trade in December, but the 2014 Futures Gamer will have to wait until next year to throw his first pitch for his new organization because ...
On the shelf
... German is one of three significant Yankees prospects who already has had season-ending surgery. Catcher Luis Torrens had a torn labrum repaired in January, and German and fellow right-hander Ty Hensley had Tommy John reconstructions this spring. Hensley has pitched just 42 2/3 pro innings since signing as a first-rounder in 2012.
Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.