Jays to pay 16-year-old Brazil­ian pitcher Pardinho $1.4M bonus

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

Eric Pardinho, a 16-year-old pitcher who agreed last week to a mi­nor­league baseball con­tract with the Toronto Blue Jays, will re­ceive a $1.4-mil­lion sign­ing bonus as part of his deal.

The bonus is payable within 45 days of the agree­ment’s ap­proval by the com­mis­sioner’s of­fice and is con­tin­gent on Pardinho ob­tain­ing a U.S. work visa.

The five-foot-eight right-han­der has a 94 m.p.h. fast­ball and has been scouted by the Blue Jays since he was 14.

He will re­port to the ma­jor-league team’s com­plex in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic.

Pardinho is No. 5 on MLB.com’s list of 30 world prospects to watch.

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