A 19-year-old baseball prospect claimed he was just 16 to make it appear he had greater potential and win a $1 million signing bonus.
Jorge Guzman, who claimed his name was Alvaro Aristy, later admitted his real age and the San Diego Padres recouped most of their money through an insurance policy, according to Baseball America. Now 22, Aristy has struggled in the low minor leagues and is no longer considered a viable prospect.
Baseball scouts have long combed the sandlots of Guzman's native Dominican Republic, looking for young and talented players they can sign and then mold into future stars. The younger the player, the more upside.
"Alvaro Aristy is a 16-year old SS who draws comparisons to a young Tony Fernandez," wrote one scout after seeing Guzman play. "A slick fielder with a strong arm and vacuum-like hands, Aristy projects as a true shortstop. His superior hand-eye coordination also serves him well at the plate where he has the ability to consistently put the barrel on the ...