Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Dodgers ink RHP Osiris Ramirez, 17, to $100,000 deal

The Dodgers signed Dominican teenager Osiris Ramirez to a deal that includes a $100,000 signing bonus.

Ramirez, 17, is one of the better prospects the Dodgers have signed on the international market in the last 10 months.

From Ben Badler of Baseball America:
"At 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, Ramirez has most recently been throwing his fastball 87-91 mph with good armside life. Scouts were mixed on his curveball, but some have seem him show feel for the 75-79 mph offering, which is more advanced than his low-80s changeup."
That's a pretty favorable scouting report for a teenage, international prospect.

Badler also writes the 6'3, 185-pound pitcher used to play shortstop, so he has lots of athletic ability.

The Dodgers just bought another lottery ticket. The law of averages dictates at least one of these international signees will pan out. Maybe it's Ramirez, maybe it's someone else. Bottom line is, this is another fantastic signing for the organization.

With international signing period winding down, the Dodgers will look to the next batch of prospects and -- of course -- prospects for the No. 18 overall pick I. June's MLB Draft.

Oh, and that's easily a 70 -- borderline 80 -- name.

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