News from the Dominican: Sox Sign Four International Free Agents

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Today’s News From the DR

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I joined White Sox Senior Vice President/General Manager Rick Hahn and Special Assistant to the General Manager, International Operations Marco Paddy today at a press conference at The Hotel Plaza Naco in the Dominican Republic as the Sox Sox signed four international free agents.

“Today’s signing ceremony is another step in a process that began two and a half years ago when Marco joined our organization with the goal of increasing our profile in Latin America, “ Hahn said. “Each of these young men here today is another talented addition to the Chicago White Sox organization.”

“I am very excited about the potential of these four players and our entire 2014 class,” Paddy said. “I have gotten to know each of these players and their families very well over the last year, and I have been very impressed by their abilities on the baseball diamond and their character as young men. Their futures are exciting.”

The White Sox expect additional Latin American signings in the coming months.

The Newest Members of the White Sox Organization

Jhoandro Alfaro, C: Alfaro, 16, is rated the No. 28 international prospect by MLB.com. He is the younger brother of Jorge Alfaro, a catcher in the Rangers’ organization. The native of Sincelejo, Colombia is 6-foot-1, 180-pounds and a switch-hitter.

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Felix Mercedes, INF:  Mercedes is a native of Moca, Dominican Republic. He’s 17 and 6-foot-2, 185 pounds.

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Ricky Mota, SS: Mota is a 5-11, 170-pound 16-year-old from Nigua, Dominican Republic.

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Amado Nunez, SS: Nunez, also 16, is rated by Baseball America and MLB.com as the No. 26 international prospect. The native of Santiago, Dominican Republic is 6-foot-2, 178 pounds and has already competed in international tournaments in Mexico and Venezuela.

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More to Come Tomorrow

I will have more observations about our trip to the Dominican in tomorrow’s post. Ready to fly home after a couple of fun and productive days.

Photos of the Day

Here are four members of the Sox braintrust during our visit to the Dominican: Hahn, Assistant Director of Scouting Nick Hostetler, Director of Amateur Scouting Doug Laumann and Paddy.

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The Sox’ Dominican Academy headquarters.

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