July 2, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Tigers open international signing period by landing Dominican OF Julio Martinez, 16

Detroit -- Hey, one Julio Martinez signing has worked out for the Tigers. That would be Julio Daniel (J.D.) Martinez.

So they made another one Wednesday, signing teen-age Dominican Republic outfielder Julio Martinez on the first day of Major League Baseball's international signing period.

Martinez, 16, is ranked 19th on MLB.com's list of the top 30 international prospects.

At 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, the right-handed hitter is said to have raw power -- that is expected to only get better as he fills out his body. He hits to all fields.

"We project him to be an impact bat," said Al Avila, Tigers assistant general manager.

On defense, where the Tigers project him to play right field, he needs some work. But his arm strength is solid.

The Tigers also like his intangibles. Avila said the organization is especially impressed with his makeup and intelligence.

The bonus for Martinez was $600,000, as reported by MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez. That's nearly a third of the allotted pool Tigers brass has to spend on international free agents this year.

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