The Mariners have signed Daniel Missaki, a 17-year-old Brazilian righthander who pitched for Brazil’s 2013 World Baseball Classic team in March.
Missaki, who is 6 feet, 170 pounds, was the youngest player in the 2013 WBC. Brazil went 0-3 in the tournament and didn’t make it out of the first round of pool play in Fukuoka, Japan, where Missaki was the last pitcher to take the mound for the Brazilian team. After China rallied for five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a 5-2 lead, Missaki came in with two outs and the bases loaded. In his only time on the mound during the WBC, Missaki got right fielder Yanyong Yang to ground out to first base on his fourth pitch to get out of the jam.
Missaki, who turned 17 in April after the WBC, throws strikes with a fastball up to 87-88 mph, shows feel to spin a curveball and throws a changeup as well. Terms of Missaki’s deal were not immediately available.
While teams rarely sign players out of Brazil, the Mariners have been one of the more active teams in the country, most notably with last year’s $880,000 signing of lefthander Luiz Gohara. Last year in May, the Mariners also signed Brazilian catcher Felipe Talos for $10,000.