GLENDALE, Ariz. — In his longest outing of spring training so far, Dodgers pitching prospect Yadier Alvarez was clocked at 100 mph on the radar gun in his third and final inning of a Single-A game against the Kansas City Royals at Camelback Ranch.
Two of the three scouts I spoke with had the 20-year-old clocked at 100; the other had him topping out at 99.
The Dodgers are expected to assign Alvarez to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga or Great Lakes to begin the season. Alvarez, who is from Cuba, signed with the Dodgers for a $16 million bonus last July.
That’s been reported by various outlets before today, but MLB.com just posted a more complete scouting report of the right-handed pitcher while re-affirming the Dodgers’ status as favorites. Click here for the full blurb; here’s an excerpt:
The Dodgers have previously been linked to 19-year-old right-hander Yadier Alvarez, a Cuban defector who’s been compared to a young Ramon Martinez. So today’s report on CBSSports.com calling the Dodgers “the most aggressive team to date” pursuing Alvarez isn’t exactly stunning.
But it also contained this noteworthy tidbit about the timeframe for when Alvarez might (or might not) sign:
Alvarez has petitioned MLB to be able to sign before the next signing period, which begins July 2, but hasn’t heard yet. Arizona would need Alvarez to win that petition to have a chance here as the Diamondbacks are limited to $300,000 in the period beginning July 2 due to signings already on the books.
Interestingly enough, where Alvarez signs could be a direct result of when MLB approves his petition to sign. The Dodgers are not limited to $300,000 signing bonuses beginning July 2 and are believed to be willing to spend more freely on restricted international players (like Alvarez) after that date.
But wait, there’s more.
The Dodgers have been scouting 24 year old Cuban pitcher Raymar Navarro. Spanish article here http://t.co/8K0oLqyAQv I'll translate…