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Report: Red Sox agree to deal with 16-year-old pitcher Jose Almonte

07.02.12 at 9:04 am ET

According to the indefatigable Ben Badler of Baseball America, the Red Sox have agreed to a deal with Dominican right-hander Jose Almonte, a 16-year-old who is 6-foot-2 and weighs 185 pounds, for a $610,000 signing bonus. Badler, in his overview of the top 20 international prospects this year (a list in which Almonte ranked No. 17), described the right-hander thusly:

“It has been hard for some scouts to get a look at Almonte recently, but scouts who saw him early in the year liked him because of his projectable, lanky frame, smooth delivery and good arm action. He touched 90-91 mph early in the year, though more recent reports had him topping out at 89. He has some projection and could throw harder down the road. He’s flashed ability to throw a solid curveball with downward bite, but it’s inconsistent and he’s still learning to throw it for strikes. Several sources believe the Red Sox will be the team that ends up signing Almonte.”

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