Now that the international signing season officially began today, the White Sox were able to announce their signing of 16-year-old Dominican outfielder Micker Zapata.
The $1.6 million bonus is a club record for international talent, and in the team's release, Rick Hahn praised Marco Paddy for providing the credibility that allowed the Sox to make such a significant investment:
"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."
Here's some video of Zapata in action, and some dope jams.
The White Sox have $568,000 left in their international bonus pool, although as the Cubs showed with the Scott Feldman trade, it's possible to add to it.
At Scout.com, Kiley McDaniel talked to Zapata for a couple minutes. The podcast is below, and the begins around 1:07:40.