Remember the unnamed converted catcher profiled in Baseball America last month from a recent private workout in the Dominican Republic? His name is Jose Santiago, and he has signed with the Mariners for $205,000.
Santiago, a 19-year-old righthander, is 6-foot-2, 185 pounds and has only been pitching for less than a year but has shown impressive aptitude in picking it up fairly quickly. He throws a heavy 91-93 mph fastball and the ball comes out of his hand without much effort. His 77-81 mph breaking ball has three-quarters break that may eventually turn into a true slider. He throws a firm changeup, but given how new he is to pitching he's mostly a two-pitch guy with his fastball and his breaking ball. Santiago's trainer in the Dominican Republic is known as "Titico."
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