The White Sox signed outfielder Micker Adolfo Zapata for $1.6MM, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America. Zapata is a 16-year-old right-handed hitter who was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands and trained in the Dominican Republic for the last few years. BA ranked him ninth, while MLB.com had him second. The White Sox confirmed the deal, a franchise record for an international signing.
Zapata "has the best raw power in Latin America," wrote Badler, as well as an above-average arm and bat speed. Badler noted that the White Sox were pushing hard to sign him. The Sox have a bonus pool of $2,168,300.