The Athletics have added one of the top catchers in Venezuela, agreeing to terms with Argy Raga today on his 16th birthday.
Raga, a righthanded hitter out of Caracas, is a former shortstop who has shown good athleticism and receiving skills since moving behind the plate. At around 6-foot, 180 pounds, Raga has also shown solid raw power for his age.
The A's have also signed another Venezuelan, 16-year-old Jesus Rivas, who has played third base and outfield. Rivas, who is 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, has stood out for his raw power from the right side.
Raga and Rivas are the latest top Venezuelan signings for the A's in the recent weeks. Oakland also signed Venezuelan third baseman Renato Nunez for $2.2 million when the international signing period opened on July 2, giving the 16-year-old a bonus tied for the third-highest of any international amateur player in 2010.
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