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