International news: Dodgers sign Dominican outfielder, eye Cuban pitcher.

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.”

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.