The Blue Jays have signed top 16-year-old Venezuelan righthander Adonis Cardona.
International sources have indicated the bonus is $2.8 million, which would be a record for a Venezuelan amateur. A Blue Jays official did not respond to a request seeking comment today.
Cardona's scouting report is below. Baseball America subscribers have access to full reports on more than 30 of the top Latin American prospects eligible to sign this summer.
|3.||ADONIS CARDONA, RHP||VENEZUELA|
|B-T: R-R Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 180|
|The top pitcher in Venezuela is Cardona, a powerful righthander with a projectable body and an excellent fastball. Cardona, 16, has a quick arm that delivers fastballs at 88-91 mph, touching 93. He should have at least a plus fastball when he's done filling out and should be able to hit the mid-90s down the road. He also shows some feel for a changeup. Cardona's curveball shows good depth at times, though several scouts have expressed concerns about it and have called it a present below-average pitch. Cardona is still refining his feel for pitching, and his mechanics also give some scouts reservations. Cardona has strong ties to the Blue Jays, who are expected to sign him on Friday for around $2.8 million, which would break Padres righthander Adys Portillo's $2 million record for a Venezuelan pitcher set two years ago.|
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