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02/14/11 7:30 PM EST
Twins sign Dominican right-hander Jorge
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins have agreed to terms with Dominican right-handed pitcher Felix Jorge. The deal is worth $250,000, according to multiple reports. Jorge, 17, was recently the leading vote-getter among pitchers for the Dominican Prospect League All-Star Game on Jan. 29. The 6-foot-4, 175-pound pitcher threw two innings in front of more than 100 scouts during that game -- allowing one hit, while striking out four hitters and issuing one walk. Fred Guerrero, the Twins' scout in the Dominican Republic, has been following Jorge for the past few months, and Twins vice president of player personnel Mike Radcliff said that the club was impressed by Jorge's development over that time. Jorge has an 88-91-mph fastball that has touched 92 mph, although the Twins believe his velocity will go up as he develops into his body. He has a good arm angle and delivery, but perhaps most appealing to the club is that Jorge already has shown signs of being able to throw a mix of pitches. "He has a chance to throw hard. But he's a little different than the typical Dominican pitcher at his age, in that he already has some of the secondary pitches," Radcliff said. "This guy already has some decent breaking stuff, and he's advanced for a 16-17-year-old. He throws a changeup, and already is showing signs of having a mix. You get excited because he has a chance to be a starter and get innings."