Angels Agree To Sign Dominican Righthander Lianmy Galan

BOCA CHICA, Dominican Republic—After pitching in front of more than 100 scouts last week at the Dominican Prospect League’s Louisville Slugger Tournament, righthander Lianmy Gilan agreed to sign with the Angels for $115,000.

Lianmy Galan

Lianmy Galan (Photo by Bill Mitchell)

Galan, who is 6-foot-2, 160 pounds, is a 17-year-old who converted to pitching five months ago after originally working out for teams as a shortstop. Galan’s athleticism is evident on the mound and he’s made a quick transition to pitching, showing solid strike-throwing ability with an 88-91 mph fastball, though he wasn’t at his best at the DPL last week. Gilan also throws a low-70s breaking ball that could eventually morph into a slider and is learning a changeup as well, with a short arm stroke from his days as an infielder.

Galan hails from La Vega, where he trained with Chico Fana. Gilan is one of the Angels’ top signings of the 2013-14 international signing period, a group headlined by Venezuelan lefthander Ricardo Sanchez, who ranked as the No. 27 prospect for July 2 and signed for $580,000 the day the signing period opened.