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Santo Domingo.– The Blue Jays signed Dominican righthander Hansel Rodriguez for US$330,000, after trading for additional international bonus pool space from the Angels in December.

Rodriguez, 16, is around 6-foot-2, 180 pounds with a fastball that sits in the low-90s and touches 95, baseballamerica.com reported. He also throws an above-average curveball, which had made him one of the top arms available in Latin America after going unsigned last year on July 2.

According to the website, the Dominican pitcher adds to a wave of impressive young international talent the Blue Jays have signed in recent years, including righthanders Roberto Osuna, Alberto Tirado and Miguel Castro, along with shortstops Dawel Lugo, Franklin Barreto and Richard Urena.

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Written by: zooma, 8 Feb 2014 9:32 AM
From: United States, and Dominican Republic

Let us hope that at this youth's age sixteen the Blue Jays handle him with kid gloves and not expose him to overuse injuries to his shoulder and arm. His arm is still developing and there is greater risk of injury.

He has a great career ahead of him if the team and league take appropriate measures to keep him, their investment, healthy.

Written by: zooma, 8 Feb 2014 9:41 AM
From: United States, and Dominican Republic

It should be noted signing for $330,000 is going to be a shock to his and his family's wallet and behavior. I would expect this kid will be introduced to relatives and friends he never knew he had and the temptations that sudden wealth brings.

It could be suggested reasonable measures be taken to protect them from the abuses that this windfall. and ... at minimum the league should provide some financial planning assistance.

Written by: Atabey, 10 Feb 2014 9:14 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--



"Rodriguez, 16, is around 6-foot-2, 180 pounds with a fastball that sits in the low-90s and touches 95..

He also throws an above-average curveball,"


16 and throwing an ABOVE AVERAGE curve ball.


Caution flag.



Written by: Atabey, 10 Feb 2014 9:19 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--

Orioles Sign Jomar Reyes For $350,000


February 6, 2014 by Ben Badler


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The Orioles have made their largest expenditure of the 2013-14 international signing period, signing Jomar Reyes out of the Dominican Republic for $350,000.

Reyes, 16, is 6-foot-4, 215 pounds and attracted the interest of the Orioles for his power and ability to hit in games from the right side of the plate, with over-the-fence power to his pull side and to the middle of the field. While Reyes will start his career at third base, he’s big enough that scouts expect him to end up as a corner outfielder or a first baseman. Reyes, who trained at La Academia, had been linked to the Orioles since before July 2 last year.



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