Dodgers sign 16-year-old Dominican

By Josh Boyd
April 10, 2002

The Dodgers continue to feed their farm system by aggressively signing the top international talent. They signed 16-year-old Dominican Jonathan Corporan for $930,000. “We certainly think this is a kid with a high ceiling,” said Jeff Schugel, a special assistant to the GM. “We spent a lot of time scouting him and gathering off-the-field info.”

Corporan’s agent, Don Nomura, delivered the righthander to the Dodgers’ Dominican academy in early January. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Corporan has been consistently clocked at 93 mph. “He’s got a chance to throw real hard,” Schugel said. “He has a usable breaking ball and a good feel for pitching. It’s real easy velocity, and he’s got a great body. There’s not a lot of effort there–it’s a clean delivery for a young kid.”

Corporan throws a curveball, slider and changeup. The Dodgers were forced to go to extra lengths to verify Corporan’s age. “In light of what’s happened this offseason, the basic protocol for this was different from others,” Schugel said. Extensive research confirmed his age–he turns 17 on April 21. Corporan joins Japanese lefty Kazu Ishii, Dominican shortstop Joel Guzman, Venezuelan lefthander Jhonathan Figueroa and Mexican righthander Edgar Ahumada as significant international signings since last summer.