Mariners Sign Brazilian Left-Hander Luiz Gohara

SEATTLE - JULY 09: Executive Vice President & GM Jack Zduriencik of the Seattle Mariners speaks to the media at a press conference announcing a trade of starting pitcher Cliff Lee in exchange for first baseman Justin Smoak pitcher Blake Beavan Double-A Frisco reliever Josh Lueke and second baseman Matt Lawson of the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field on July 9 2010 in Seattle Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

The Seattle Mariners have signed 16-year-old Brazilian left-hander Luiz Gohara, reports Ben Badler of Baseball America:

The Mariners have signed Brazilian lefthander Luiz Gohara, the No. 7 international prospect for July 2.

Gohara was listed as Baseball America’s seventh-best international prospect of the summer signing period. The teenager registered as the third-best pitcher, and second-best southpaw, on the list, behind only right-hander Jose Mujica and left-hander Jose Castillo who both signed with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Gohara, who just turned 16 years old on July 31, is listed at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds. While he didn’t rank at the top of Baseball America’s list, Badler notes that some considered the left-hander to be the top pitching prospect available in this year’s international signing class.

Gohara "throws a fastball that has touched 94 mph along with a quality slider," according to Badler. He adds that the Brazilian has represented his country at multiple international tournaments.

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