Adys Portillo remains the Padres' top international signing by dollar amount, having received a $2 million bonus in 2008 as a 16-year-old. Now barely 18, the Venezuelan right-hander's first pitch during a live batting practice session was 95 mph, and he sat 91-93 through Thursday's Cactus League outing. He threw a few curveballs at 76-78 mph with some depth; it's a below-average pitch now, but it looks like he has the wrist action to eventually produce an average or better breaking ball. Portillo's arm works well, with a short arm action and a delivery he repeats well, and he has an outstanding frame and good size for his age. He's not advanced, but he has a live arm without the wildness a lot of teenaged pitching prospects exhibit.
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