According to Blake Bentley of MLB Trades Rumors, 17-year-old right-handed pitcher Rafael DePaula is expected to sign with a major league team soon with the Yankees and the Mariners listed as the most likely landing spots for the Dominican pitcher.
Rumors have connected to Yankees to DePaula for about a month now , but he threw in front of teams yesterday featuring a fastball in the 92-93 MPH range. Scouts have claimed that DePaula has strong potential and best case scenario he could end up as a front of the rotation pitcher. His expected signing bonus of $1.5-$2 million means that teams like him, but he is no sure thing.
Here is a video of DePaula throwing in front of teams yesterday:
- Feb. 25, 2010 -- Yankees Interested in IFA’s Anderson, Ruiz, DePaula (0)