Texas signed 2 Dominican pitchers before the 2 week j2 moratorium, Omarlin Lopez (825K) and LH Francis Cespedes (750K). They came late to the game but are using up their 2012 j2 bonus pool with no time to spare. Here is what Badler had to say about both:
A lanky 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, Omarlin Lopez has good arm speed on a low-90s fastball that has touched 95 mph. He also show feel to spin a hard 78-81 mph curveball that some scouts have called a slider but has sharp downer bite when he throws it right. He also has flashed a changeup for a third pitch, although some scouts have expressed concern about his durability due to his thin build.
Francis Cespedes, an 18-year-old from Santo Domingo, has a lanky, long-armed frame at around 6-foot-4, 195 pounds with the physical projection to easily add at least 25 pounds and build on his low-90s fastball, with a curveball and a changeup rounding out his arenal. Compared to Jacob Constante, a 19-year-old Dominican lefthander who signed with the Reds for $730,000 in January, Cespedes has a tick less power on his fastball but is more athletic and some scouts think he has a better chance to remain a starting pitcher, although he will have to improve his control.
Texas also signed a pitcher and 2 position players: Jose Suarez (~20, RHP), Porfirio Martinez (~17, LH, 3B), and Rubell Castro (~17, COF).
DSL promotions to the AZL:
Ricardo Rodriguez, Kevin Sosa, Jose Cardona Gonzales, Diego Cedeno, Oliver Caraballo
Intriguing Cuban 26yo RHP Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez was declared a free agent on Saturday; Texas has (7 figure) eyes on you kid!
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is an MLB free agent but does not yet have US Treasury clearance to negotiate with teams. He'll throw again Friday.UPDATE:
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) June 22, 2013
Knobler on the growing M.A.G. intrigue.