FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Minnesota Twins recently opened a training facility in the Dominican Republic, and the investment is already paying off.
According to Mike Berardino of twincities.com, Baseball America linked second-rated Dominican shortstop Jelfrey Marte to the Twins.
Teams cannot sign a Dominican player until July 2.
This news comes on the heels of the announcement that the Twins opened a $19 million training facility there last month.
According to Berardino, the facility is top of the line.
He said it has, “a dormitory for 78 players, dining hall, video coaching room and three classrooms for English language and Spanish instruction in high school-level topics.”
The complex also has a 98-seat auditorium.
Recent years have seen an influx of Dominican talent into the major leagues. While teams still face limits on how much they can spend to acquire a foreign player, the lack of an amateur draft for Dominican players makes the country’s players highly sought after.