According to reports, the Indians have signed 5'11" 175 pound 16-year old right-handed hitting Dominican shortstop Dorssys Paulino
for a reported $1.1 Million. He is the son of left-hander Jesus Sanchez who pitched in the big leagues from 1998-2004 for the Marlins, Cubs, Rockies and Reds. According to Baseball America, he is one of the better infield bats available in this July 2 class who has good size and may end up at second base or third base as he matures. He shows an ability to use the entire field with good bat speed and enough strength to have average power. He also shows a good arm and has good speed. With this signing, the Indians are showing a stronger presence in Latin America as far as being in on the top available talent, a change in strategy from recent years.
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