The Red Sox have agreed to terms with Cuban righthander Dalier Hinojosa on a minor league contract. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.
Hinojosa, 27, throws around 88-92 mph, with some reports that he has touched higher since leaving Cuba, albeit with inconsistent velocity. He throws a pitch that scouts describe as either a splitter or a changeup along with a slurvy breaking ball that, like many Cuban pitchers, he adds and subtracts from to vary the shape of the pitch.
Teams have scouted Hinojosa both in the Dominican Republic and while he was still in Cuba, as he pitched in several international tournaments for the Cuban national team. He pitched at the 2010 World University Championships in Japan, the 2010 Pan American games qualifying tournament in Puerto Rico, the 2011 Pan American games in Mexico, the 2011 World Cup in Puerto Rico and last year in July at Haarlem Baseball Week in the Netherlands.
Several scouts believe Hinojosa, who’s around 6 feet, 200 pounds, fits best as a reliever. Given his age and experience, he figures to start in the upper levels of the minors, perhaps Triple-A Pawtucket.
Hinojosa has pitched for Guantanamo in Serie Nacional since the 2005-06 season, so with his age and experience in Cuba’s top league, his bonus will be exempt from the international bonus pools. During the 2011-12 season, Hinojosa posted a 3.40 ERA with 115 strikeouts, 35 walks and 11 home runs allowed over 121 2/3 innings (19 games, 18 starts). He ranked fourth in the league in strikeouts and tied for 20th in ERA. In 2010-11, Hinojosa ranked fifth in Serie Nacional with 87 strikeouts, maintaining a 3.52 ERA with 25 walks and 14 home runs allowed over 108 2/3 innings (17 games, 16 starts).
Hinojosa was represented by Bart Hernandez and Praver Shapiro Sports Management.