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Red Sox sign Dominican center fielder

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 4, 2011 01:06 PM

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According to Baseball America, the Red Sox have signed 16-year-old Dominican center fielder Manuel Marcos for $800,000.

He is a 6-foot, 175-pound athletic player with a good glove.

Here's the Baseball America scouting report:

Marcos is one of the best athletes in Latin America, a tooled-up 16-year-old center fielder who trains with former scout Fred Ferreira. He has a wiry, athletic body with a lot of life and projection. With plus-plus speed, an arm that earns 60 to 70 grades on the 20-80 scouting scale and good instincts in the field, Marcos has the potential to be a premium defensive center fielder. He reads fly balls well off the bat and can make the flashy catch. At the plate, he'll show occasional power, though he's more of a line-drive hitter who works gap to gap. He has a tendency to drop his hands when he hits, but he has the hand speed to make up for it and has hit in game situations.

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