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Red Sox Sign Venezuelan Left-Hander Dedgar Jimenez

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The Boston Red Sox have signed 16-year-old Venezuelan left-hander Dedgar Jimenez for $175,000, reports Ben Badler of Baseball America:

The Red Sox have signed Dedgar Jimenez, a 16-year-old Venezuelan lefthander, for $175,000.

Badler describes Jimenez as having a "David Wells-type frame," as he’s listed at 6-foot-3, 254 pounds. The southpaw has been playing in youth tournaments since he was 10 years old, joining teammates such as current Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Franklin Barreto and New York Yankees catcher Luis Torrens.

As Badler states, you’re not going to find many 16-year-olds built like Jimenez. Along with his impressive frame, Badler notes that Jimenez "shows good pitchability for his age with a fastball up to 88-89 mph and flashes feel to spin a curveball."

Beyond Jimenez, the Red Sox signed two of Baseball America’s top-twenty 2012 international prospects, shortstop Wendell Rijo and right-hander Jose Almonte.


Is having a "David Wells-type" frame a good thing?