The Rangers have signed Ronny Carvajal, a 17-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic, for $80,000.
Carvajal, who became eligible to sign this year on July 2, has a projectable 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame with good bat speed, solid athleticism and close to average speed. A corner outfielder, Carvajal's righthanded swing will have to be ironed out as he's still raw at the plate. Carvajal is from Bani, played in the Dominican Prospect League and trained with Miguel Delgado, who is known in the Dominican Republic as "Billiyo."
Texas has been one of the most aggressive and successful teams in the international market in recent years, but they have spent very little of their $2.9 million international bonus pool for the 2012-13 signing period, perhaps because they were hoping to be able to land righthander Shohei Otani, who announced he is staying in Japan.
Other than the $4.5 million signing of Dominican outfielder Jairo Beras on Feb. 29, a deal that doesn't count against their bonus pool, the Rangers' biggest international bonus this year has gone to Juremi Profar, a 16-year-old third baseman from Curacao (and the younger brother of top prospect Jurickson Profar) who signed for $150,000 in September. The Rangers also signed Dominican shortstop Luis Terrero for $75,000 in August.
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