Yanks ink 20-year-old Dominican hurler

Open Thread: March 10th camp notes
An early glimpse at a rotation race

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.

Open Thread: March 10th camp notes
An early glimpse at a rotation race
  • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

    What is the correct pronunciation of “Paniqua”?


    • 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


        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


  • 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.