07/03/11 4:45 PM ET
Indians sign 16-year-old Dominican shortstop
By Jordan Bastian / MLB.com
On Sunday, Cleveland announced that it has signed 16-year-old Dorssys Paulino out of Bani, Dominican Republic. Paulino reportedly received a signing bonus worth $1.1 million.
"We like his offensive upside and his hit-ability," John Mirabelli, the Indians' vice president of scouting operations said in a release. "Dorssys' speed and athleticism should allow him to stay in the middle of the diamond. We are excited to add him into our system."
The 6-foot, 170-pound Paulino is a right-handed-hitting shortstop. He is scheduled to head to Cleveland's new baseball academy in the D.R., where he will immediately participate full-time in the organization's fall and winter programs.
Cleveland is hopeful that Paulino will be able to officially begin his professional career during the Dominican Summer League in 2012.
Paulino is the son of former Major League lefty Jesus Sanchez, who pitched for the Marlins, Cubs and Reds in parts of seven seasons from 1998-2004.