If he passes his identity check, he might be the Cardinals' second-best pitching prospect. He is apparently a 18 year-old Dominican with a high-90s, tops-in-the-system fastball and the beginnings of a few other pitches. A few weeks ago the Cardinals signed him to a $1.5 million deal, one of the biggest foreign free agent deals of the season. The problem: last year the Red Sox signed him as a 16 year-old pitching prospect. After that contract was nullified he's come clean, apparently, and added a year to his birthdate, but while he's already played for the Cardinals' Dominican Summer League team—21 strikeouts against three walks in 17 innings—his contract going through is far from a sure thing. From Viva El Birdos:
So don't hold your breath, but prepare to start holding your breath, I guess.