Well, here’s something interesting: MLBTR passes along news out of Honduras that pitcher– or “launcher,” if you believe Google Translate– Denis Villatoro has decided to sign with the Blue Jays, over a number of interested clubs.
The news comes from Saúl Carranza of Diez, who reports that the 18-year-old has signed a five-year deal.
Through Google Translate, he explains (his bold):
The pitcher yesterday visited the newsroom of TEN to recount his incredible experience. ”My story is very strange, I was not a pitcher, third base was, coincidentally one day I saw a talent scout from another team because I have a good arm. It was mine, but then I started throwing,” he says.
Now his pitches travel a speed of 93 miles per hour, enough to convince anyone and was so big teams like the Baltimore Orioles, Yankees, Mets, Houston, San Francisco and Pirates were interested in him.
Villatoro was last week in the Dominican Republic to undergo test launches. The talent scout saw the potential of Honduran promise and did not hesitate to place Toronto. Villatoro go far and there’s no doubt.
Villatoro “was the star pitcher of the ‘hawks’ of the Honduran Air Force, Major League Baseball Tegucigalpa, until a ‘scout’ Blue Jays team, discovered,” explains La Tribuna, also via Google Translate.
Aaaand… that’s about all I’ve been able to learn so far, save for the fact that Honduran newspaper websites use really small pictures. 436 pixels? Come on, Honduras!
You can find Villatoro on Twitter at @DAlexVillatoro. He’s obviously a long, long way from being anything, and the fact that most of us– myself included– hadn’t heard of him before today doesn’t suggest that this is some kind of massive prospect score, but adding big arms to the low minors can’t possibly be a bad thing– especially if you’re beating out so many suitors to do so, right?
Update – 6:30 PM:
Here we have a couple of tweets worth digesting, but that I didn’t think– especially in light of what they’re telling us– warranted writing up a whole second Denis Villatoro post.
Jays sign RHP Denis Villatoro from Honduras for $20,000 US
— bob elliott (@elliottbaseball) January 14, 2013
— keithlaw (@keithlaw) January 14, 2013
Image via Diez.hn.