Monday, August 26, 2013

Dodgers add international free agent pitchers Maximiliano Gooding and Geovanny Barrios

The Dodgers signed 17-year-old Panamanian lefty Maximiliano Gooding on Monday. The bonus amount was undisclosed, so it probably wasn't a big-money signing.

I couldn't find much on the youngster, but the information from this link states he throws a 4-seam fastball (as every pitcher does) and a 12-6 curveball. He's 5'11, 159 pounds, which almost mirrors the frame Julio Urias had when the Dodgers signed him out of Mexico as a 16-year-old last year. He's probably not the next Urias, so don't get your hopes up.

I can tell you one thing: that's an 80-name if I've ever seen one.

The Dodgers also signed 18-year-old Geovanny Barrios out of Venezuela. Unfortunately, I couldn't find anything on him. He's right-handed and presumably has a 4-seam fastball.

The team has been active on the international front again. It isn't as impressive as 2012-13's haul, but it's still early in the signing period -- and too early to judge the 2013-14 class.

Graphic credit: CIA World Factbook

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