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Baseball America: Bucs Sign Outfielder for $400,000

Baseball America:

The Pirates signed Colombian shortstop Yhonathan Barrios, who has a projectable bat but will likely move to third base. The Pirates also landed outfielder Exidardo Cayones for what scouts say was a $400,000 bonus. Cayones is athletic, has good mobility and a 45 arm on the 20-80 scouting scale.

We've already talked about Barrios, but I'd hardly heard of Cayones. The Post-Gazette and other sources have already reported the Pirates signed him and that he's 16 (his name seems to be "Exicardo," not "Exidardo") but this is the first time I can find that the dollar amount has been reported. There are a couple internet references to a Venezuelan outfielder named "Ruiz Cayones" who supposedly has good hitting potential; I assume that's the same guy, but I don't know for sure.

In any case, $400,000 is a big chunk of change, and presumably it means the Pirates have very high hopes for Cayones. I look forward to hearing more about this kid.

Thanks to Reddrummer9187.

UPDATE: The Post-Gazette has some details:

Cayones was signed to a $400,000 bonus that was the highest in franchise history for a Latin American amateur. He is a 5-foot-11, 175-pound left-handed batter with enough speed to play center, enough power to project a move to a corner.