Yankees sign Moronta
Moronta, a center fielder, was suspended earlier in the year for “misrepresenting” his age, although the suspension was lifted in late September. Basically, from what I’ve read, he tried to market himself as a 16-year old in order to command a nice bonus, as it’s generally difficult for Latin American players older than 16 to receive one (for whatever reason). In reality, he’s actually 20, going on 21 in December, which doesn’t sound too bad (the Yankees didn’t seem to mind).
In a previous report, Badler provides a description of the new signee:
Moronta, who is 6-foot-1, 183 pounds, is 20 years old and turns 21 on December 16. He is an athletic righthanded hitter with plus-plus speed, flashing a good arm and raw power potential.
Despite the age issues, Moronta sounds like a very nice investment for the Yankees.
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