Yanks ink 20-year-old Dominican hurler

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Earlier this evening, Dionisio Soldevila had reported via Twitter that the Yanks had signed a 20-year-old pitcher named Juan Carlos Paniagua for $1.1 million. I couldn’t find much about Paniagua , but Ben Badler had more in a report at Baseball America.

Paniagua had once been suspended by Major League Baseball for age fraud and Badler had some kind words about his stuff. Paniagua is “6-foot-1, 170 pounds with excellent arm speed and a power fastball that sits around 93-95 mph and touches 98. Some scouts said Paniagua has shown feel for a curveball and a changeup that could become above-average offerings in the future, though other scouts weren’t quite as sold on his secondary pitches.” We’ll find out soon enough what the Yanks’ plans are for this young arm.

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  • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

    What is the correct pronunciation of “Paniqua”?

    Pan-ee-qua?

    • JSquared

      Sounds about right, but I’m pretty sure his name is Paniagua.

      • CollegeLou

        We can call him Johnny Bread-and-water.

        (Paniagua –> Pan y Agua –> Bread and Water)

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      It’s Paniagua — Pan-ee-ah-gwah.

      • Ryan

        more like Pon-ee-ah-gwah

    • Gonzo

      I think it’s Paniagua. Name sounds familiar.

      • http://twitter.com/steveh_mandaura Steve H

        http://www.baseball-reference......jo01.shtml

        This is probably why (at least it was for me).

        • Slugger27

          nice find. thats exactly why it sounded familiar to me too. i used to be obsessed with griffey so i would play as the mariners in franchise mode of all mlb video games back in like 5th grade… paniagua was money

        • Urban

          Let’s hope this is not the age and identity fraud they were referring to, and that the 20-year-old Juan Paniagua is not in reality the 37-year-old Jose Paniagua!

  • http://riveraveblues.com/2010/02/2010-preseason-top-30-prospects-21281/#comment-779224 LET SBGL BACK ON BRACKMAN’S DEBUT

    Hey, another high-upside arm. Why the hell not?

    • Slugger27

      whats with your screen name? did sbgl really like or really hate brackman? is there a meme i missed?

      • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        SBGL loathed Brackman. If there was a post about Brackman, Cash was criticized for picking a bust.

        • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          If there was a post about anything, SBGL would somehow make it about how Brackman was a bust.

          • jsbrendog (returns)

            where’s eric with his stupid movie quotes and his brackman love. the guy sucks and is a bust, way tog o cashman

            \bo sal grant lanny’d

            • Rick in Boston

              Those were the halcyon days of RAB.

              • I am not the droids you’re looking for

                Sniff.

  • Gonzo

    Nothing like stocking the tank!

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Matt Imbrogno

    Dionisio is the coolest name ever.

    • jsbrendog (returns)

      until you meet someone named that and theyre just awful

    • MannyGeee

      my grandfathers name… not much of a pitcher, but he loved professional wrestling

  • Rod

    So this guy’s name is bread and water.

    • CollegeLou

      nuts. next time I will scroll down before leaving comments.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    With rave reviews coming in on Manny Banuelos, the Yanks are now signing every undersized Latin pitcher they can get their hands on.

    • Urban

      Not sure 6’1″ is “undersized,” especially compared to Banuelos, who is listed at 5’10”, meaning he’s probably an inch or so shorter, but I get your point.

    • MannyGeee

      you just made Johan Santana piss in his pants a little bit

  • Tom Zig

    To the eighth with you!

    • MannyGeee

      LOL Paniagua just got Joba’d

  • Urban

    With a new CBA upcoming at the end of 2011, and talks of slotting and an international draft, I expect to see some heavy signing of international free agents in the next year, with higher prices.

    • Plank

      They will never do an international draft. It destroyed amateur ball in Puerto Rico.