I’m pretty much in the camp that the ages of most of the kids coming out of the DR and the like are bogus, no matter how hard the officials try to nail it down. So finally Rafael DePaula Figueroa admitted to actually being Jose Rafael DePaula, helping end his suspension. Well, now that he’s eligible (and only 20 years old), the Yanks are expected to sign him for $700k. Per MLBTR:
The 6″3′ hurler was clocked in the 91-93 mph range last year in the Dominican Prospect League but according to Arangure, he has been known to throw as hard as 97 mph. The Yankees, Red Sox, Mariners, and Padres have all reportedly had interest in DePaula in the past, but Arangure tweets that he doesn’t know what teams are currently involved. Arangure also points out that the pitcher could have trouble obtaining a visa.
Here’s another prospect report on DePaula. Here’s some video, too Continue reading Yanks to sign DePaula; age fraud schmaud