Padres sign Odrisamer Despaigne for $1MM
The Padres officially announced yesterday that the club has signed RHP Odrisamer Despaigne to a minor-league deal, with a reportedly $1 million signing bonus, according to MLB.com’s Corey Brock. Ordisamer Despaigne (pronounced: “O-DREE-SA-MEHR DES-PAWN-NYAY”) played professional baseball for the Havana Industriales of Cuba’s Serie Nacional for eight seasons, sporting a career 3.55 ERA and 61-43 record with 684 strikeouts in 213 games played.
Despaigne, a Cuban national who defected from the country during the 2013 World Port Baseball Tournament in Europe, became a legal resident of Spain and was delayed in his contract with the team pending a work visa to legally enter the country. Despaigne held a showcase for interested Major League teams alongside fellow Cuban defector Aledmys Diaz this past February in Peoria, Arizona.
Despaigne stands at six-feet tall and weighs just under 200 pounds. His scouting report from the showcase noted that he had four different pitches, mostly coming from different arm angles, and had ‘slightly above-average’ pitches that threw mostly for strikes. Despaigne is pegged to be a potential No. 5 starter in a club’s rotation or as a long-reliever out of the bullpen.
The 27 year old right hander will start out in Double-A San Antonio, but could potentially see some time in the majors depending on his development and the current status of the Padres bullpen and pitching staff.