Bizarro Amaro: Phillies sign pair of 16-year-olds

Bizarro Amaro: Phillies sign pair of 16-year-olds
July 3, 2014, 10:30 am
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Surprise, surprise! The Phillies lost again on Wednesday night. They scored zero runs. They're double digits under .500 and double digits out of first place. That stuff is ugly.

So instead of go over what happened in that mess, let's instead talk about something that could eventually turn into a bright spot in a bunch of years down the road: some 16-year-olds.

Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies added a pair of 16-year-old shortstops from Venezuela when the international player signing period for their age group opened up yesterday.

From Phillies scribe Jim Salisbury:

Baseball America ranks Arquimedes Gamboa as the eighth-best international prospect in that age group. The Phillies signed the 5-11 switch-hitter for $900,000.

The Phils also signed shortstop Daniel Brito out of Venezuela. He earned a $650,000 signing bonus. Brito stands 6-1 and hits left-handed. Baseball America has him ranked 29th on the list of 16-year-old international prospects.

Any time you have the chance to add a guy named Arquimedes to your organization, you simply have to do it.