A Few International Signings
About a week ago, Nats scouting director Dana Brown and national crosschecker Kris Kline went on a scouting trip to the Dominican Republic. Their efforts down there netted three signings, teenagers who will likely begin their pro careers with one of Washington's affiliates in the Dominican Summer League. Those who agreed on contracts with the organization:
* PEDRO ENCARNACION, 16, RHP
* JAIRO BERNABEL, 17, INF/OF
* ARIDIO RODRIGUEZ, 19, OF
All three players were scouting at the Loma del Sueno complex in San Cristobal. According to Kline, Encarnacion is lankly with velocity that typically hits the high 80s; the Nats, though, see enough live snapping action in his arm that they project this to improve significantly as he gets older. Bernabel is a thick-bodied guy, Kline said, who has some potential to hit for power. Rodriguez is a lefty with a quick stroke, and very sound in the field.
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