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Who Will Land Brazilian Prospect Eric Pardinho?

When you think of baseball hotbeds, you think of places like the Dominican Republic, California and the rest of the southern United States but what about Brazil? The South American country most known for its prowess in world football has produced just three major leaguers but has a 16-year-old kid named Eric Pardinho waiting in the wings who’s about to bump that number up to four.

The 5’10” Brazilian wunderkind has been throwing mid-90s since he was 15 and introduced himself to the world when he pitched for his national team in the World Baseball Classic qualifiers in New York last year. He’s on the radar of more than a few MLB teams and is expected to be offered a pro contract when the international signing period opens up on July 2.

According to Bovada the Toronto Blue Jays are the favorites to land the relatively unknown Pardinho at -200, with the Mariners, Diamondbacks, Mets, Reds and Rays all coming back with +1000 odds to add Brazil’s most valuable baseball prospect to their minor league systems.

While we can’t know for sure where the No. 5-ranked international player will sign, many reports have linked him with Toronto, a team that’s known to roll the dice on undersized players e.g. Marcus Stroman. The Jays also like to chase international players and they were the winners of the Vladimir Guerrero Jr. sweepstakes back in 2015.

The book has also set an OVER/UNDER of $1.5 million for the size of the contract signed by Pardinho with the OVER option available to bet at -200 odds.

Compared to contracts signed by international players in recent years, $1.5 million seems like peanuts but make no mistake, any offer over a million dollars in today’s game is a huge vote of confidence.

Back in December, the MLB set a hard cap of between $4.75 million and $5.75 million for international signings so any team willing to spend over a quarter of their allotted international space on one player must be pretty high on him.

As exciting as this potential signing is for Brazilian baseball, it could be several years until we see Pardinho in a big-league uniform – if we ever do. There’s still so much we don’t know about this kid but if nothing else, it’s an interesting story to follow into the international signing period.

Which MLB team will Eric Pardinho Sign for?
  • Blue Jays -200
  • Mariners +1000
  • Diamondbacks +1000
  • Mets +1000
  • Reds +1000
  • Rays +1000
  • Yankees +1400
  • Any Other Team +700
Odds as of June 27 at Bovada
What Will be the Size of the MLB Contract signed by Eric Pardinho?
  • Over $1.5 Million -200
  • Under $1.5 Million +150
Odds as of June 27 at Bovada