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On Monday, Ben Badler of Baseball America announced that the Twins agreed to terms with 17-year-old Felix Jorge. The Twins gave the Dominican right-handed pitcher $250,000. Along with Twins previously signed 17-year-old shortstop Javier Pimental, Jorge was listed among the top 33 Latin American players eligible to be signed as of last July.
There have been reports that this and some of the other recent Latin American signings actually happened awhile ago, but MLB’s age and identity verification is becoming much more stringent.
According to Badler, Jorge has a fastball that sits between 88 and 91 and has touched 92. At 6-4 and 175 pounds, he has a pitcher’s frame, and as he matures physically, he should add velocity.
Watching some video on Jorge, he certainly has very smooth, repeatable mechanics.
I like the below video because it shows the conditions in the Dominican Republic just outside the ball fields.
This video isn’t real high quality, but it is certainly interesting.
Jorge will likely pitch in the Dominican Summer League in 2011. Depending on how well he does, he could come to the States in 2012 to compete in the GCL. In other words, he is a long ways away from the big leagues, but he does look like a quality pitching prospect.
At 9:15 this (Wednesday) morning, I will be on KFAN and KFAN.com with Paul Allen to talk about several Twins and baseball related topics. Check it out if you’re able to at am1130 in the Twin Cities, on a KFAN affiliate around the region or at KFAN.com.