Royals Sign Venezuelan Shortstop Jose Marquez

Venezuelan shortstop Jose Marquez has signed with the Royals for $450,000. Marquez, 16, is a 5-foot-11 switch-hitter who’s better from the left side with gap power, average speed and good athleticism. He’s a shortstop for now but might end up at second base. Marquez trained with Carlos Rios. Marquez received the second-highest bonus the Royals have handed out during the 2014-15 international signing period behind Dominican shortstop Ricky Aracena, the No. 17 international prospect who received $850,000.

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