Rays sign Dominican outfielder
The Rays have signed free agent Yoel Araujo, a 16-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic.
Araujo (pronounced Joel A-ra-oo-hoo), who is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound right-handed hitter, will participate in the Rays instructional league this fall and be assigned to the Rays academy in the Dominican Republic in 2001. He is from San Pedro de Macoris.
“He has the potential to be an outstanding all-round player,” said Eddy Toledo, the Rays director of operations in the Dominican. “For a guy his size he has great speed to go along with home run power and a solid arm. We believe he can develop into a five-tool type player. He’s young, but not easily intimidated.”
Though no terms were disclosed, Baseball America reported Araujo was signed for $800,000, with the bonus a club record for an amateur signed out of the Dominican Republic.