Sox pay record bonus for Dominican OF

The Chicago White Sox signed Micker Adolfo Zapata, a 16-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic, to a contact that includes a $1.6 million signing bonus, the largest in team history for an international signing.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Adolfo Zapata is rated as the second-best international prospect, according to MLB.com.

"Micker is a terrific young man who is tremendously talented," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. "As we've gotten to know Micker and his family, we've been even more and more impressed. We cannot say enough about his baseball potential and his future with the White Sox."

A right-handed batter and thrower, Adolfo Zapata has impressive power potential, according to Marco Paddy, the White Sox's special assistant to the general manager.

"Adolfo Zapata has impressed everyone over the last year with his makeup and approach to the game," Paddy said in a statement. "His raw tools and natural strength immediately grab your attention, and his power displays can be jaw-dropping.