Reds sign four Venezuelan amateurs
Haul includes Valor, considered a top position player
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
07/06/09 8:59 PM ET
PHILADELPHIA -- For the second consecutive year, the Reds have scored during the international signing period.
It was announced Monday that 16-year-old shortstop Humberto Valor was signed out of Venezuela. In various reports, Valor, listed at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, was considered by some scouts to be the country's best position-player prospect.
A signing bonus wasn't revealed, but it's believed that Valor received something far below the seven-figure range.
Also signed by the Reds from Venezuela were third baseman Juan Peraza and outfielders Argenis Aldazoro and Adrian Rodrigue.
In 2008, the Reds signed two 16-year-old outfielders in Juan Duran and Yorman Rodriguez. Duran was considered one of the game's best international prospects and received a $2 million signing bonus.