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Indians dip into Latin America talent pool

By sstorm Published: September 28, 2009

In a press release Monday, the Indians announced the signing of 15 minor- league free agent players.
The names won't be familiar as the group of players come from Venezuela, Panama and the Dominican Republic.
Here are the names of the players (all are 16 years old unless otherwise noted in parenthesis) and Latin American Countried in which they come from:
* DOMINICAN REPUBLIC OF Angel Hernandez LHP Alexander Joseph INF Jairo Kelly INF Jorge Martinez INF Luigy Rodriguez RHP Amiro Santana RHP Juan Santana
VENEZUELA:
RHP Yan Carlos Caripa CA Juan Carlos DelaCruz INF Richard Delgado RHP Nietzer Jimenez (18) RHP Alejandro Rivas (18) CA Gustavo Rojas (17)
PANAMA:
LHP Jonathan Cedeno (17) CA Franklin Moreno
In the release, John Mirabelli, the Indians assistant general manager and scouting operations director, had this to say about the group:
"We are very excited about the upside of this group. Our scouts did a great job targeting athletes with premium-position ability and power-arm potential. We are looking forward to watching the development of these players in the upcoming years."

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