Phillies sign teenage switch-hitting shortstop out of Venezuela

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
July 2 2014, 3:15PM EDT.
@Philabaseball

The Phillies inked shortstop Arquimedes Gamboa of Venezuela to a contract worth $900,000 on Wednesday, according to a source close to the team.

Gamboa, a 5-foot-11, 158-pound switch-hitter, was ranked as the 15th best international prospect according to MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list.

According to scouts, the 16-year-old has gap power and may develop more power as his body develops and he adds weight. He's also regarded as a plus defender with a strong arm.

The international signing period opened July 2 with each club alloted a base of $700,000 and additional money based on each team's record in 2013. The Phillies entered the international signing period with just under $4 million available to spend.

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