Jays Making Impact Signings in Dominican

The Toronto Blue Jays have finally formed a solid scouting basis in the Dominican Republic and are beginning to make impact signings.

Over the past two weeks the Blue Jays signed one top tiered players, and one secondary player from the Dominican Republic. Sources close to the organization confirmed the club signed two players on July 2, the first day of the international signing period.

The biggest inked player was shortstop Gustavo Pierre, a 16-year-old, who is labeled a modern shortstop because of his height and abilities. Although a few scouts believe he will be turned into a third baseman, the Jays intend on keeping Pierre at third for the near future. Pierre is considered to be more advanced than Balbino Fuenmayor, the last big name Dominican to sign with Toronto, and scouts consider Pierre the better player and the player with the biggest upside.

The Jays also nabbed a right-handed pitcher. Victor German also signed with Toronto. German is a 6'1, 210 pound pitcher who is still raw and developing his secondary pitchers. German features a low-90s fastball with a developing slider and curveball.

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