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Dodgers international signing blitz continues

1/7/2014

Since the Dodgers hired Bob Engle to oversee their international scouting efforts last winter, they have been among the most active teams in rooting out talent in all corners of the globe.

Tuesday they announced five more signings, adding to 47 players they signed outside the U.S. and Puerto Rico in 2013.

The five players come from four different countries and, between them, speak at least four languages. The Dodgers signed two players from Curacao, Kenley Jansen's native island: outfielder Shakir Albert and catcher Hendrik Clementina, both 16. They signed one Dominican 16-year old, Julio Lugo, an outfielder; one Venezuelan, catcher Gersel Pitre; and one pitcher from the Netherlands, right-handed pitcher Misja Harcksen.

Since Engle took over, the Dodgers have signed 23 players from the Dominican Republic, 10 players from Venezuela, four players from Mexico, two players from Colombia, the two from Curacao and one each from Brazil, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands and Panama.