Major League Baseball's website says the Toronto Blue Jays signed Eric Pardinho, a teenager from Brazil, on July 2.
Pardinho is a pitcher. He can throw a baseball over 145 kilometers per hour.
That is just about the average speed of a fast pitch in Major League Baseball. But Pardinho should get even better. After all, he is only 16.
If Pardinho makes it to the major leagues, he will be only the fourth Brazilian-born player to play at that level. Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes was the first.
Pardinho was rated as the fifth-best international prospect by MLBPipeline.com. He throws right-handed and is only 1.72 meters tall, which is short for a pitcher.
He received over $1 million for agreeing to play in the Blue Jays' organization.
Pardinho said he was six years old when he started playing. His uncle saw him playing paddleball on the beach and thought he might make a good baseball player.
So when they returned to their hometown of Bastos, they started practicing. While baseball is not well-known in Brazil, Bastos has a large Japanese influence, and baseball is a popular sport in Japan.
Pardinho's grandparents on his mother's side of the family are Japanese.
Pardinho started getting attention in 2016 when he pitched against the Dominican Republic in the under-16 Pan Am Games. He struck out 12 batters in the game, which means he threw three strikes to each batter. The Dominican Republic has a strong baseball tradition.
Many Brazilian coaches see Pardinho as a player who could help the national baseball team make the Olympics when the sport returns at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Baseball players who have batted against Pardinho say he is very good, even though he is short.
Victor Coutinho said: his height doesn't matter, because his arm can do wonders.
Pardinho's coach is Mitsuyoshi Sato. He helps Pardinho improve and get stronger, but he also makes sure the prospect does not throw too often.
I don't want him to do too many fastballs now because I worry about a possible injury, he said.
Pardinho thinks he could make baseball more popular in Brazil if he goes on to have a good career.
Maybe more and more Brazilians, not only those of Japanese heritage, will think of playing on a diamond, too, he said.
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美国职业棒球大联盟官网发布消息称，多伦多蓝鸟队于7月2日签了一位来自巴西的少年，名为埃里克 帕尔迪纽(Eric Pardinho)
帕尔迪纽是投手 。每小时投掷棒球的射程可达145千米 。
虽然这只不过是职业棒球大联盟里最快投掷速度的平均值，但帕尔迪纽不会止步于此 。毕竟，他只有16岁 。
如果帕尔迪纽能打入职业体协，他就将成为该段位为数不多的第4名巴西裔选手 。克利夫兰的印度裔捕手高梅兹位列第一 。
帕尔迪纽曾被MLBPipeline.com评为全球第五号种子选手 。他是右撇子，身高也只有一米七二，这对于一个投手来说是先天不足 。
帕尔迪纽表示，他最初接触棒球是在6岁 。他叔叔见他在沙滩上玩儿板手球运动，就觉得他可能是个棒球手的料子 。
所以他们返回故乡巴斯图斯后，就开始了练习 。虽然棒球在巴西并不十分出名，但巴斯图斯这个城市受日流影响较大，而棒球在日本又是很火爆的运动 。
帕尔迪纽最早引起关注是在2016年，那时候，他在泛美运动会上参加了16岁以下的比赛，对阵多米尼加共和国 。比赛中，有12个击球手没有击中他的球，也就是说，每个击球手错失了他的3个球 。而多米尼加共和国素来有喜爱棒球的传统 。
维克托(Victor Coutinho)表示，身高不是问题，因为帕尔迪纽手臂的优势可以创造奇迹 。
帕尔迪纽的教练名为萨托(Mitsuyoshi Sato) 。他一直在帮助帕尔迪纽提高球技，加强实力，但训练的同时，他也会确保帕尔迪纽的练习频率不会太高 。
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