A minor deal today as the Indians signed 16 year old catcher Kevin Calderon out of the Dominican Republic for $80,000. The Indians made the move after Calderon participated in the newly formed Dominican Prospect League's all-star game. Unfortunately, I don't have much to tell you about him as I haven't seen any video and obviously he hasn't played any professional baseball yet.
Reports describe him as an offensive first catcher with a good arm and quick release. How he'll play offensively is anyone's guess until more information is available. What we do know is that he'll likely open the season playing in the Dominican Summer League before transitioning to the United States and the Rookie Leagues.
He's a long ways away from the Majors at this point and clearly a long-shot to reach, but if his defense can play, he'll always have a chance.
Paul Hoynsie has some info.
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