Latin American minor-league Phillies position players to watch in 2017

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A Phillies flag flies at the team's new Dominican Republic academy in Boca Chica on Tuesday January 17, 2017.

Here are the top Latin American position players in the Phillies system to watch in 2017:

Jhailyn Ortiz, OF

Bonus: $4 million

Age on Opening Day: 18

Ortiz's bonus crushed the previous Phillies record ($1.2 million) for an international amateur. The Phillies bought power, which was evident during Ortiz's 47-game stint in the Gulf Coast League. The Dominican outfielder batted .231 and struck out too much, but his eight home runs ranked third in the league - and he was one of the league's youngest players.

Daniel Brito, SS

Bonus: $650,000

Age on Opening Day: 19

The Phillies are high on the Venezuelan's bat; he has displayed strong plate discipline with 56 walks against just 49 strikeouts in his first 472 professional plate appearances. "Brito's a big-league hitter," said Sal Agostinelli, the Phillies' director of international scouting. "He's going to hit. He's going to be a gap-to-gap guy."

Jose Pujols, OF

Bonus: $540,000

Age on Opening Day: 21

Pujols led the South Atlantic League in 2016 with 24 homers for low-A Lakewood. He also led in strikeouts with 179, 17 more than the next closest hitter. He was eligible for selection in this past Rule 5 draft, but he is such a raw prospect that teams passed. He'll head to high-A Clearwater in 2017.

Deivi Grullon, C

Bonus: $575,000

Age on Opening Day: 21

Progress has been slow for the Dominican catcher, who is hailed for his defensive acumen. It can be that way for young catchers; Carlos Ruiz did not reach triple A until he was 26. Grullon repeated low-A Lakewood in 2016. He improved his hitting across the board. Phillies officials say he is in better shape now, and he will be tested at high-A Clearwater in 2017.