Pardinho, 16-year-old Brazilian pitcher, gets $1.4M bonus

Baseball player Eric Pardinho poses for a picture wearing his new team uniform, after a signing contract in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, July 6, 2017. Brazil's 16-year-old baseball wonder signed with Toronto Blue Jays. He will spend some time in the Dominican Republic in his initial minor league steps towards Major League Baseball. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

NEW YORK (AP) Eric Pardinho, a 16-year-old pitcher who agreed last week to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, will receive a $1.4 million signing bonus as part of his deal.

The bonus is payable within 45 days of the agreement’s approval by the commissioner’s office and is contingent on Pardinho obtaining a U.S. work visa.

The 5-foot-8 right-hander has a 94 mph fastball and has been scouted by the Blue Jays he was 14. He will report to the team’s complex in the Dominican Republic.

Pardinho is No. 5 on MLB.com’s list of 30 world prospects to watch.

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