Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Historic IFA signing
Syracuse signed 19-year-old Dominican star pitcher Andres DeLeon to a 3-year big league contract with a Bigs record $30 million, surpassing the $27 million bonus given to Cuban defector Miguel Castilla by Austin back in season 6. Scouts are raving about his stuff- he throws a good sinker and slider, maybe a bit unusual that he doesn't throw it all that hard, but he has pinpoint control. One scout said, "He could be the best pitcher ever in this league not named Henriquez if he puts it all together". Syracuse has already placed him on the big league roster; while the club is mum as to their immediate plans for him, I would imagine he could be starting very soon.