The Chicago White Sox have signed international free agent Micker Adolfo Zapata, a 16-year-old outfielder from San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic.
Adolfo Zapata, 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, will receive a $1.6-million signing bonus, the largest ever by the White Sox for an international signing. Adolfo Zapata, who bats and throws right-handed, is rated by MLB.com as the No. 2 International Prospect.
White Sox Senior Vice President/General Manager Rick Hahn attended today's signing in the Dominican Republic.
"Micker is a terrific young man who is tremendously talented," said Hahn. "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/signed by Marco Paddy, White Sox special assistant to the general manager - International Operations.
"Adolfo Zapata has impressed everyone over the last year with his makeup and approach to the game," said Paddy. "His raw tools and natural strength immediately grab your attention, and his power displays can be jaw-dropping."
"Marco deserves a great deal of credit for scouting and signing Micker," Hahn said. "Marco spent the time building a really strong relationship with Micker and a great rapport with his family. Today's signing reinforces our expanding commitment as an organization to scouting and signing top young, talented players from Latin America."