Toronto signs Brazil­ian teen

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SEC­OND PAGE -

A 16-year-old Brazil­ian righthander with a 94-mph fast­ball agreed Thurs­day to a mi­nor league con­tract with the Toronto Blue Jays. Eric Pardinho, No. 5 on MLB.com’s list of 30 in­ter­na­tional am­a­teur prospects, made the an­nounce­ment in Sao Paulo along­side Blue Jays as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager An­drew Tin­nish. The 5-8 Pardinho has been scouted by the Blue Jays since he was 14 and will re­port to the team’s com­plex in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic. “We re­ally like his arm ac­tion, de­liv­ery and his ath­leti­cism,” Tin­nish said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence. “He is one of the most ad­vanced I’ve seen at this age. This is a very ma­ture 16-year-old.”

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