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Astros agree to sign Cuban RHP Elian Rodriguez for $2MM

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  1. rocketpower2

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    The Astros have an agreement to sign 20-year-old Cuban lefthander Elian Rodriguez for $2 million, pending a physical. Rodriguez is subject to the international bonus pools, so with the 100 percent overage tax, the total cost to the Astros will be $4 million.

    At 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, Rodriguez has a strong, athletic frame with wide shoulders and long limbs. While I haven’t seen Rodriguez pitch myself, reports from those who have are that his stuff has climbed considerably since he was in Cuba. Rodriguez was throwing in the upper-80s when he left Cuba, but more recently in the Dominican Republic, Rodriguez has topped out at 97 mph, sitting in the low-to-mid 90s in short stints at workouts. Rodriguez throws two breaking balls, including a hard slider that’s his best secondary pitch at 84-88 mph and can miss bats, along with a solid upper-70s curveball and a mid-80s changeup that he hasn’t used much yet. While his command has been scattered at times, he did shown some signs of improvement with his strike-throwing at recent workouts.
     
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    MOAR PROSPECTZ!
     
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    Better stuff than Cionel, although Cionel probably has better feel for his.

    He'll be able to play once the contract is approved.

     
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    Remember when he arrived in Miami on that inner tube, and his dad forced him to go back to Cuba?
     
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    If only we had signed Gonzalez...
     
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    Looks the article is confused -- based on the video (and title), he's a righty -would've been nice to add a lefty, but still appreciate how aggressive we've gone after international signees before the rules change.
     
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    damn. If this current ownership has shown one thing....they have no problem investing in the future...

    The deal raises Houston's international signing bonus total to $10,757,500, well above its $2,197,000 signing bonus pool, and the Astros will incur a tax of $8,560,500.
     
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    Damn that cheap Crane
     
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    Can never have too many pitching prospects, and this is the year we are all in for the international signings.

    Even if we do make a splash and move some prospects, this regime clearly realizes the importance of keeping the talent flowing.
     
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    Any speculation on where he'll report?
     
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    My guess is he will be in the DSL this season then start next year in Quad Cities or Buies Creek.
     
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    Seems a little conservative to send a 20 year old to the DSL. I would assume he would start at Greeneville, or maybe Tri Cities on the aggressive side.
     
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    Astros started Sierra in DSL last year. I think it depends on how ready he is for the US in more than just during games. It may or may not be better for him to be in a Spanish speaking environment for developmental purposes while they work on his baseball English. Just depends on what he needs most.
     
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    The DSL would only be to ease him into it culturally. Personally I'd guess the GCL, given that there will still be plenty of Spanish speaking people, including a large Cuban population (not that it is anywhere near the numbers it would be in Miami, but Miami isn't an option). I think Greeneville or Tri-City would be a more difficult transition.

    Given Cionel Perez starting out in Quad Cities, I'd assume that is where he will be headed next season.
     
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