The Orioles have made their largest expenditure of the 2013-14 international signing period, signing Jomar Reyes out of the Dominican Republic for $350,000.
Reyes, 16, is 6-foot-4, 215 pounds and attracted the interest of the Orioles for his power and ability to hit in games from the right side of the plate, with over-the-fence power to his pull side and to the middle of the field. While Reyes will start his career at third base, he’s big enough that scouts expect him to end up as a corner outfielder or a first baseman. Reyes, who trained at La Academia, had been linked to the Orioles since before July 2 last year.
The Orioles also signed Carlos Diaz, a 17-year-old first baseman from Mexico City of the Mexican League. Diaz, who is 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, impressed the Orioles with his lefthanded power potential. Terms of Diaz’s contract were not available. The club announced both deals last week.
The Orioles spent less than any other team on international amateur players during the 2013 calendar year. Aside from Cuban outfielder Dariel Alvarez, whose bonus was exempt from the international bonus pools, Baltimore’s only other six-figure signing was righthander Ofelky Peralta, who signed for $325,000 in September.