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Indians sign 19-year-old Cuban pitcher Leandro Linares

By Ron Ledgard Published: August 14, 2013

The Indians sign Cuban free agent Leandro Linares, a right-handed pitcher, today.

Here is the team's release:

Please note the Indians have signed Cuban free agent RHP LEANDRO LINARES to a Minor League contract.

Linares, 19, left Cuba in September of last year and has previously pitched for Villa Clara in the Cuban 18U national series and previously pitched internationally for Cuba at the World Youth Championship (2009 in Taiwan) and the 16U COPABE Pan American games (2010 in Mexico).

The 6-3, 205-pound right-hander now resides in Miami, FL and has reported to the Goodyear (AZ) Player Development Complex. 

More information on Linares from Cleveland.com:

Linares, who defected from Cuba, is a 6-3, 200-pound power pitcher. The Indians reportedly worked him out several times in private. He throws between 93-95 mph with a curveball and a slider that need refinement.

In this year's international free agent class, he would be considered the equivalent of a high school pitcher taken late in the first round of the June first-year player draft.

The Indians used part of their allotted $3.644 million international signing bonus pool to land Linares. They have also reportedly reached verbal agreement with Dominican shortstop Willy Castro for $850,000 and outfielder Junior Soto for $600,000.

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