The Dodgers recently signed one international amateur player, 17-year-old outfielder Johan Mieses out of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and are among a number of teams kicking the tires on another.
Cuban-born pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, 26, is also on the Dodgers’ radar. According to a source, Gonzalez recently defected and hasn’t held a formal group workout such as the one Yasiel Puig held a year ago in Mexico. MLB has yet to formally declare Gonzalez a free agent.
Gonzalez’s fastball has been clocked as high as 96-97 mph and averages out in the 93-94 range. His arm could need time to get up to major-league speed following a recent elbow injury, but Gonzalez projects as a number-two or -three starter if healthy, according to the source.
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig said he faced Gonzalez once three years ago.
“He’s got a really good fastball,” Puig said through a translator. “He comes way over the top and has really good control.”