The Red Sox have signed Dedgar Jimenez, a 16-year-old Venezuelan lefthander, for $175,000.
Jimenez has an extra-large, David Wells-type frame listed at 6-foot-3, 254 pounds. He has represented Venezuela at international youth tournaments since he was 10, joining players like Blue Jays shortstop Franklin Barreto and Yankees catcher Luis Torrens on several travel teams.
There aren't many pitchers who are built like Jimenez at 16, but his tournament experience is evident on the mound. Jimenez shows good pitchability for his age with a fastball up to 88-89 mph and flashes feel to spin a curveball.
Jimenez, who is from Portuguesa, trained with Felix Olivo and had also been working out in the Dominican Republic at La Academia.
Update, Aug. 13: While Jimenez was listed at 254 pounds at a Major League Baseball showcase in February, I have heard that he's since trimmed down to about 230 pounds upon signing.
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