International scouting update

Will that baseball academy in the Dominican open?:

The White Sox have increased their search for undiscovered players in the Dominican Republic by opening their own baseball academy about one week ago. The White Sox facilities, located in Boca Chica, are housed in the same Complejo Latinoamericano de Beisbol compound as setups for the Cubs, Twins, Reds, Diamondbacks and soon-to-be Orioles. But each team has its own fields, batting cages and dorms, operating independently.

Rafael Santana serves as the team's Dominican Republic Academy Coordinator and former Major League outfielder Sammy Mejia serves as the organization's Dominican Summer League Field Coordinator.

"We are really excited about it," said White Sox Minor League director Alan Regier of the team's new Dominican Academy. "We are devoting serious money in scouting to get guys at 16 or 21 who can be special."

This commitment already has paid dividends for the White Sox in the form of 16-year-old shortstop Juan Silverio, who participated in the team's instructional league and will be part of Minor League Spring Training. According to Regier, the White Sox don't want to rush Silverio and most likely will start him in the Dominican Summer League.

Kenny wants more trading chips! "devoting serious money in [international] scouting" sounds good though.
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In other news, Update [2008-1-25 17:18:6 by The Cheat]: I can't believe Wiz missed it, but I stopped by Baseball Digest Daily for a quick 5 questions on the White Sox.
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