The Dodgers have signed Osiris Ramirez, a 17-year-old Dominican righthander, for $100,000.
At 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, Ramirez has most recently been throwing his fastball 87-91 mph with good armside life. Scouts were mixed on his curveball, but some have seem him show feel for the 75-79 mph offering, which is more advanced than his low-80s changeup.
Ramirez is athletic and had previously been a shortstop, but he moved to the mound within the last two years and generated some buzz as a pitcher on the rise last year as July 2 approached. Ramirez, who was born in Puerto Plata, has been living in San Francisco de Macoris and training with Laurentino Genao. He’s expected to start his career in the Dominican Summer League.
Ramirez is one of the Dodgers’ more notable recent international signings, joining Mexican lefthander Julio Urias (signed from the Mexico City Red Devils), Dominican shortstop Cristian Gomez, Venezuelan righthander William Soto and Dominican outfielder Ariel Sandoval in their signing class from the 2012-13 signing period.