Cards agree with 16-year-old righty Gonzalez
Prospect, similar to Marlins' Nunez, had pitched in Dominican
ST. LOUIS -- According to the Dominican Prospect League, the Cardinals have agreed to a deal with right-handed pitcher Fernando Gonzalez, who has been pitching in the league.
The club has confirmed that a deal has been agreed to, but has not been finalized.
Gonzalez is 16 and will turn 17 in April. According to the league's website, Gonzalez will receive $66,000 for agreeing to terms with St. Louis.
The announcement on the DPL's website describes Gonzalez as having drawn "comparisons to a young Leo Nunez." If that comparison turned out to be apt, the Cardinals would be delighted. Nunez has closed for the Marlins for the past two seasons, striking out 71 batters in 65 innings for Florida in 2010.
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