Dodgers Sign Lucas Tirado

The Dodgers have signed Dominican shortstop Lucas Tirado for an even $1MM bonus, according to Dionisio Soldevila of ESPNDeportes.com (on Twitter). The 16-year-old switch-hitter was ranked 19th among international prospects according to MLB.com, though he failed to crack the Top 30 of Baseball America's Ben Badler.

MLB.com writes that Tirado has "one of the better left-handed swings in the entire class – a line-drive stroke to all fields – and good bat speed." Both MLB.com and Badler praise Tirado's baseball IQ, though Badler writes (subscription required) that he has a fringy arm and lacks the range to stick at shortstop in the long run.

As reported by Baseball America, the Dodgers began the signing period with a $2,112,900 bonus pool. However, they acquired an additional $209,700 in yesterday's Carlos Marmol-Matt Guerrier swap. Even so, they spent about 43 percent of their total bonus pool on Tirado.


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