In a deal that was agreed upon back in October, the Cardinals have finalized a contract with 17-year-old Dominican right-hander Andres Serrano that includes a $750,000 bonus.
However, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America the signing “is still pending Major League Baseball’s investigation into Serrano’s age and identity.”
Here’s a little of Badler’s scouting report:
Serrano, 17, has a long-armed, projectable 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame and a fastball that scouts have said they’ve seen range anywhere from 90-95 mph. Serrano is a good athlete who also throws a curveball and a changeup, with the curveball the most advanced of his secondary offerings.
If approved the $750,000 bonus would be the highest given to a Dominican pitcher from the 2011 class.