BOSTON — Orioles executive director of international recruiting Fred Ferreira plucked Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez from the Mexican League, signed him to a minor league free-agent deal and saw him blossom into a major league starting pitcher.
Now he hopes another pitcher — ironically, one with the same name — can reach the same heights.
The Orioles have signed pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, an 18-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic, to an international free-agent deal.
Gonzalez has a fastball in the 94- to 98-mph range, Ferreira said, and has a strong breaking ball that’s still developing.
The Orioles signed Gonzalez, who likely will begin his pro career either in the Dominican Summer League or the Gulf Coast League, to a $400,000 signing bonus.