The Boston Red Sox signed two of the most highly regarded international pitching prospects Wednesday. Ben Cherington and company were all business, plucking righthanders Anderson Espinoza and Christopher Acosta from the open market.
Espinoza and Acosta, both 16, hail from the Dominican Republic. Baseball America ranked Espinoza as the best overall pitcher in this year’s international crop. Acosta ranked among the top ten as well.
Espinoza possesses an strong fastball, curveball and changeup. His fastball has been clocked in mid-90s, according to Baseball America.
Unlike Espinoza’s smaller build (5-foot-11, 175 pounds), Acosta’s frame represents that of a power pitcher. He stands 6-foot-3.
The Sox also signed shortstop Elwin Tejada, also of Dominican decent. He weighs just 150 pounds and must build up his strength.
Each MLB team is allocated a certain amount of funds to put towards international signings. Boston had $1.88 million available this season. They far surpassed that mark and will be forced to pay a tax.