Phillies Sign 16-Year Old Panamanian Shortstop – Phillies Nation

Phillies Sign 16-Year Old Panamanian Shortstop


Per Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, the Phillies have signed Panamanian shortstop Jonathan Arauz for $600 K. The signing is front-page news in Panama.

Note: There is one comment on the article at this time which is apparent exasperation that Arauz choose the Phillies. “Solo como observacion al que redacto la noticia, FILIS ??? esta claro como se escribe en la camiseta del Pana… saludos,” the commentor says, which translates into “Just as I am observing the news, Phillies?” Either the poster is very excited that Arauz has chosen the Phillies or the international perception of the Phillies is starting to match that of what is felt here in the states.



  1. Cs

    August 4, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Yankees may have spent a ton this year on teenagers but hope phillies can develope these guys they sign.

  2. Keith L

    August 4, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Chooch is from Panama. Hopefully it is excitement.

    • Robotnik

      August 4, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      Yes Chooch is from Panama, but so is Manuel Noriega. With the Phillies crack scouts, it’s more likely that they picked someone closer to Noriega’s skill set than Chooch’s.

      • schmenkman

        August 4, 2014 at 8:47 pm

        That makes sense, since Phillies scouts signed Chooch.

  3. Oran Kelley

    August 4, 2014 at 11:21 am

    How about a brief respite from tiresome self-pity?

  4. Manny

    August 4, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    That’s not the proper translation. The commenter is just pointing out that the writer shouldn’t have spelled “FILIS” but instead “Phillies” as it appears on the jersey. (In Spanish some people spell Phillies that way –Filis. Similarly, Philadelphia in Spanish is Filadelfia.) Cheers!

  5. Utley"s Knees

    August 4, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Don’t give up your day job for translating Spanish! This is good news as it shows the Phillies are signing young international talent which is what people wanted them to do-right?

  6. loupossehl

    August 4, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Re today’s “Mets designate Abreu for assignment”:

    “He [Abreu] indicated he would like to be a hitting coach someday.

    ‘ I’d like to see if I can pass all the stuff that I know to these guys,’ he said about coaching.

    As for his influence on the Mets’ young Latin American players, Abreu added: ‘We talked a lot about hitting, approach and everything. Wilmer [Flores] is one of those guys, he’s got power and he can hit a lot of balls in the gap. What I say to them is, ‘Make sure you look for your pitch to hit. Just go up there and be aggressive, but look for a good pitch to hit. And don’t ever be afraid to fail …’ ”

    Maybe we could use for a hitting coach (a) a proven hitter who wants to coach; (b) a positive influence on young Latino players; (c) someone who preaches “make sure you look for your pitch to hit”, and (d) is an ex-Phillie as well …. ?

  7. c. schreiber

    August 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Damn, Amaro resigned Gwynn and now I’m pretty sure he’ll resign Abreu, Go get him Rube we can still win it all with Bobby

    • Double Trouble Del

      August 4, 2014 at 9:45 pm

      I don’t understand your ire, Gwynn was a minor league signing.

  8. c. schreiber

    August 5, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Amaro’s moves or non moves is my ire.

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