The Blue Jays have signed Jesus Tinoco, a 16-year-old righthander from Venezuela.
Tinoco, who is from Maturin, is 6-foot-3, 198 pounds with a loose arm, good delivery and a heavy fastball that touches 91 mph. Some scouts project him as a potential power pitcher and he already has advanced feel for his mid-to-high 70s curveball. Tinoco trained with Ciro Barrios, who also represented 2011 Blue Jays signings Wuilmer Becerra and Jesus Gonzalez, both outfielders.
Another of Barrios' players, 16-year-old righthander Soid Marquez, signed with the Reds. Marquez, 16, pitched in the IBAF 16U World Championships in August in Mexico, where in 12 2/3 innings he gave up 14 runs (eight earned) with 11 strikeouts and seven walks. Baseball America subscribers can access Marquez's full scouting report from July.
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