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Blue Jays announce 14 international signings

Blue Jays announce 14 international signings

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Blue Jays announce 14 international signings

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays announced that they signed 14 international players on Tuesday.

Among them was shortstop Yeltsin Gudino, ranked No. 11 on MLB.com's list of Top International prospects. He signed for $1.29 million, according to a source.

Gudino, 16, is six-feet tall and 150 pounds and comes from Maracay, Venezuela. He trains with former Major League shortstop Carlos Guillen in his hometown.

The youngster helped captain Venezuela to a championship at the 15U World Championship last August in Mexico, batting .458 with a .611 on-base percentage and a .833 slugging percentage.

Scouts say that Gudino is a polished and solid defender for his age with a slightly above-average arm. He's proven to be a good baserunner with average speed, and has been called a typical two-hole hitter despite a limited power stroke.

The Blue Jays also inked center fielder Freddy Rodriguez, also from Venezuela. Rodriguez is 6-foot-1, has above-average speed, and is ranked the 18th best international prospect by Baseball America. He, like Gudino, attends Guillen's academy.

Also among the signees were shortstops Jesus Ramirez and Miguel Almonte from the Dominican Republic.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. Evan Peaslee is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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