MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports the Phillies have signed Venezuelan shortstop Arquimedes Gamboa for a signing bonus of $900,000. He is considered one of the top infielders on the international market. The team did not confirm the signing.
The 16-year-old ranked No. 15 on MLB's Top International Prospects list. His scouting report reads,
Standing 5-foot-11 and weighing 158 pounds, Gamboa is an athletic shortstop with a solid skill set and above-average run tool. He's a switch-hitter without much power, and there is a belief that Gamboa is a better hitter from the right side of the plate. That said, he has made improvements from the left side and has made a name for himself as a contact hitter.
On defense, Gamboa has quick feet and good balance and is versatile enough to play multiple positions in the infield, but there is a belief he will stay at shortstop until he is forced to move elsewhere. Scouts have praised his bat control, but he is not known as a dynamic offensive player.
And, for your own sake, don't do a Google Images search on him while you're at work.
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