December 23, 2016

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Cuban right-hander Norge Ruiz has agreed to a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics.

The team announced its deal with the 22-year-old on Friday. He spent three seasons pitching in Cuba's Serie Nacional and went 24-17 with a 2.55 ERA in 55 starts and five relief appearances.

In his first season of 2012, at age 18, Ruiz ranked sixth in the league with a 1.97 ERA while going 9-4 in 17 starts and four relief appearances for Sancti Spiritus and Camaguey.

He pitched for Holquin and Camaguey in 2013 and 2014.

In the Dominican Winter League this year, Ruiz was 2-1 with a 3.77 ERA in three starts for Aguilas.

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