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Indians notebook: Cuban pitcher Leandro Linares officially signs, sent to training facility

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MINNEAPOLIS: The Indians have signed 19-year-old Cuban pitcher Leandro Linares for a reported $950,000 and sent him to their training complex in Goodyear, Ariz.

Baseball America first reported the Linares signing July 23, but that was only a verbal agreement. Several details were worked out since then.

Linares is said to throw 89-93 mph fastballs with an above average curveball. He is reputed to be one of the better prospects in Cuba. He made his way from Cuba to the Dominican Republic and on to Miami.

Linares, 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, pitched for Villa Clara in the 18 and under Cuban national series and internationally at the 2009 World Youth Championships.

The signing bonus came out of the Tribe’s 2013-14 international bonus pool of $3.64 million. About $1.2 million remains to be used.

PROMOTION — Carolina center fielder Tyler Naquin, the Indians’ first-round pick in the 2012 draft, has been moved up to Double-A Akron.

In the Class A Carolina League, Naquin was batting .277 with 27 doubles, six triples, nine home runs and 42 RBI in 448 at-bats. He also scored 69 runs and stole 14 bases in 21 attempts.

FARM FACTS — Joe Martinez gave up one run, five hits and no walks in 5⅔ innings in Columbus’ 5-4 loss to Indianapolis in Class AAA. Vinnie Pestano gave up three runs on four hits and a walk in one inning. ... Joe Wendle had three hits, including a double, plus an RBI, and Jordan Smith homered and drove in two runs in Carolina’s 9-8 loss to Potomac in Class A. ... Juan Santana (4-2, 5.02 ERA) gave up one run and five hits in five innings, as the Arizona League Indians beat the Padres 14-3. Silento Sayles and Yonathan Mendoza each had three hits and one RBI, and Victor DeJesus homered, singled and had three RBI.

Sheldon Ocker


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