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Red Sox drop $2.3M on Dominican prospects

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 9, 2011 10:17 AM

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According to Baseball America and other media outlets, the Red Sox have signed two more 16-year-old prospects from the Dominican Republic.

Righthander Dioscar Romero was signed for $600,000 and shortstop Raimel Flores for $900,000. Earlier in the international signing period, the Sox signed outfielder Manuel Marcos for $800,000.

Flores is a switch-hitter who reportedly has "advanced" defensive skills for his age. He's not very big (5-9, 155 pounds) but is only 16. Romero already throws a fastball in the low 90s and has been playing in the Dominican Prospect League.

These players typically work out at the team academy in the Dominican and play in the Dominican Summer League before starting the process of working their way through the minors. Obviously it's a long process when you're starting at 16.

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