Brewers sign Puerto Rican pitching prospect

Brewers sign Puerto Rican pitching prospect

CHICAGO -- The showcase hosted by Major League Baseball for Puerto Rican players who weren't selected in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft on June 12-13 at the Roberto Clemente Walker Stadium in Carolina, Puerto Rico, benefitted the Brewers.

Milwaukee signed right-handed pitcher Joshua Torres out of the showcase, joining the Cardinals, Rangers and Rockies as one of four teams to sign a player from the showcase. Torres is a teenage prospect who projects as a top-of-the-rotation pitcher.

Fourteen-year Major League infielder and three-time All-Star Carlos Baerga, a Puerto Rican native, attended the event and addressed the players. The showcase provided undrafted, unsigned players with additional exposure before MLB scouts and coaches.

"By coordinating scouting opportunities for these aspiring players, we hope to provide additional avenues for young Puerto Rican players who wish to play professionally," said Kim Ng, MLB's senior vice president of baseball operations.