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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Tigers reportedly sign Domincan OF Julio Martinez to start international signing period

The international signing period for Major League Baseball opened on Wednesday, and the Tigers reportedly nabbed 16-year-old Dominican outfielder Julio Martinez right off the bat.

Jim Callis of Baseball America reported the signing, as well as the $600,000 price tag. The Tigers have a bonus pool of $1,946,900 to spend on international signings.

He was not one of Baseball America’s top 30 international prospects, although Jesse Sanchez of had Martinez ranked No. 19 on his top 30.

According to Baseball America’s scouting report, the right-handed-hitting Martinez profiles as a left-fielder or first baseman with limited footspeed and a tendency to let his swing get long. He's already 6-foot-3 and 183 pounds at 16, and has shown raw power.


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