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ARLINGTON (AP) – Outfielder Nomar Mazara, a 16-year-old prospect from the Dominican Republic who received a $5 million bonus from the Rangers last week, signed with Texas on Wednesday.

Mazara took early batting practice on Wednesday with slugger Josh Hamilton and other Rangers veterans and showed power to all fields. Later, he passed a physical before the signing could be made official.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound left-handed hitter will report to the Rangers’ Dominican complex in Boca Chica, then will join the Rangers’ Instructional League team in Surprise, Ariz., in September.

Mazara played for his native country in the RBI World Series in Jupiter, Fla., last August, where his club won the Junior Division (14 and 15-year-old) championship.

Mazara said through an interpreter that the Rangers’ organization was attractive to him because “I see they develop young players.”

After watching Mazara hit in the cage, Rangers manager Ron Washington said, “You could see him growing and might end up being a left-handed Juan Gonzalez. That wouldn’t be bad. … You could see (he’ll gain some weight) and grow into a man. We just got to make sure he doesn’t grow into a fat man.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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