Mar
10

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.

Categories : Asides, Minors, Transactions

29 Comments»

  1. What is the correct pronunciation of “Paniqua”?

    Pan-ee-qua?

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

  3. Gonzo says:

    Nothing like stocking the tank!

  4. Dionisio is the coolest name ever.

  5. Rod says:

    So this guy’s name is bread and water.

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

    • Urban says:

      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 says:

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

  7. Tom Zig says:

    To the eighth with you!

  8. Urban says:

    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.

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