Padres' Minor Leaguer Alvaro Aristy Lied About Age To Secure $1M Bonus
San Diego Padres' minor leaguer Alvaro Aristy lied about his name and age in order to earn a $1 million bonus, according to Baseball America. Aristy’s real name is reportedly Jorge Leandro Guzman.
We had no reason to be suspicious," Randy Smith, Padres vice president of player development and international scouting said. "From our information and him being cleared the first time, we were comfortable with MLB's investigation."
Guzman, claiming his name was Aristy, signed with the Padres out of the Dominican Republic in 2008. A the time, the ballplayer told San Diego that he was 16, which is the minimum age for ball clubs to sign international talent. In reality he was two-and-half years older.
An investigation was launched in January of 2010 after the MLB department of investigations got a tip about Aristy’s true identity. The 19-year-old was presented with the evidence about his age records and admitted to falsifying information. Guzman, a shortstop, has failed to hit above .190 at any level. Last season in 39 games in Rookie-Ball, the one-time prospect his just .136/.278/.160 with no home runs.