Sox dig deep for top Latin prospect Micker Adolfo Zapata
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org July 2, 2013 9:46PM
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(7-6, 3.46 ERA with Cubs) vs. Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.59).
Updated: August 4, 2013 6:38AM
The White Sox jumped into the first day for signing international prospects by inking 6-3, 225-pound, 16-year-old Dominican right fielder Micker Adolfo Zapata for $1.6 million, the largest bonus ever given by the club for an international signing.
Zapata, who was born in the U.S Virgin Islands, trained in the Dominican Republic. He was ranked second by MLB.com and ninth by Baseball America among international prospects. He has an above-average arm and is said to have the best raw power of any Latin American prospect.
“Micker is a terrific young man who is tremendously talented,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “As we’ve gotten to know Micker and his family, we’ve been even more and more impressed. We cannot say enough about his baseball potential and his future with the White Sox.”
Adolfo Zapata was recommended and signed by Marco Paddy, the special assistant to the GM in charge of international operations.
“Adolfo Zapata has impressed everyone over the last year with his makeup and approach to the game,” Paddy said. “His raw tools and natural strength immediately grab your attention, and his power displays can be jaw-dropping.”
According to Scoutingbaseball.com, Zapata “has explosive hands and hips, outstanding all-around tools and shows some ability to make adjustments. He has a plus arm, above-average foot speed and bat speed and you can project plus raw power.’’
Jake Peavy threw a light-to-medium sideline on Tuesday, working off a mound for the first time since his suffered a fractured rib four weeks ago. Peavy will probably throw on the side again Friday when the Sox are in St. Petersburg, Fla.
“It was better than I thought it was going to be,’’ pitching coach Don Cooper said. Peavy threw off of his pitches and worked from the stretch and windup.
“He had no problems with it all,’’ Cooper said. “All good.”
Paul Konerko returned to the lineup after missing six games with a sore low back. Konerko, who said the pain was intense at times, is learning how to deal with injuries more than he cares to.
“I think you’ve got to be smart,’’ Konerko, 37, said. “The urge is to do too much, to overdo it. You have to be smarter. When you’re younger, your body can withstand making bad decisions on that.’’
John Danks, who gave up two runs over seven innings, made his second straight strong start and won for the first time in his last four. He walked one, raising his season total to five over 491/3 innings.