I went through the Cincinnati Reds Media Guide and compiled a list of everyone that the Reds signed last year during the international signing period, including guys who signed this year and were listed. I also added Jacob Constante to the list, who must have missed the deadline for the Media Guide as he signed in late January. The list has 26 players on it. Twenty of the signees hail from the Dominican Republic, while four come from Venezuela and one each from Curacao and Slovakia.

Player Position Age Height Weight From
Daniel Jimenez OF 16 5′ 11″ 175 Venezuela
Anthony Rubicondo 3B 16 6′ 1″ 175 Venezuela
Francis Azcona SS 17 5′ 10″ 155 Dominican Republic
Derik Capitillo C 17 5′ 11″ 205 Venezuela
Pabel Manzanero C 17 6′ 3″ 170 Venezuela
Carlos Mateo OF 17 6′ 3″ 175 Dominican Republic
Jose Monegro SS 17 6′ 2″ 175 Dominican Republic
Ismael Nunez OF 17 6′ 3″ 175 Dominican Republic
Warlin Pena LHP 17 6′ 2″ 179 Dominican Republic
Jose Siri CF 17 6′ 2″ 175 Dominican Republic
Damian Taveras RHP 17 6′ 3″ 190 Dominican Republic
Ery Bernabel SS 18 6′ 1″ 175 Dominican Republic
Erick Gabo OF 18 6′ 3″ 190 Dominican Republic
Luis Gonzalez SS 18 6′ 0″ 175 Dominican Republic
Francis Guerrero C 18 6′ 3″ 185 Dominican Republic
Luis Hernandez OF 18 6′ 2″ 180 Dominican Republic
Yoel Noel OF 18 6′ 2″ 180 Dominican Republic
Jose Salas RHP 18 6′ 3″ 190 Dominican Republic
Adolfi Telleria RHP 18 6′ 1″ 170 Dominican Republic
Hector Vargas SS 18 6′ 2″ 170 Dominican Republic
Jacob Constante LHP 19 6′ 3″ 215 Dominican Republic
Carlton Daal SS 19 6′ 2″ 160 Curacao
Jakob Izold LHP 19 6′ 4″ 205 Slovakia
Alfredo Mateo RHP 19 6′ 1″ 185 Dominican Republic
Jose Veras RHP 19 6′ 4″ 180 Dominican Republic
Wendolyn Bautista RHP 20 6′ 0″ 185 Dominican Republic

The big signing, and the only one that got any press, was that of Jacob Constante, who signed for $730,000. That means that Constante took up 25.1% of the international budget that the Reds were allotted under the rules for the most recent signing period. The odds are that we don’t hear much from any of these guys, as most of them probably won’t even make it to the US. But the Reds have had some success with “no-name” signings in the past. Johnny Cueto signed for $35,000. Daniel Corcino signed for $25,000. Ronald Torreyes (now with the Cubs) signed for $40,000. It isn’t always the Miguel Cabrera type of signings that turn out to be the best ones (he signed for $1.8M). That one clearly worked out, but there are plenty of unheralded signings that turn out very good players.

The Reds signed three left handed pitchers, six right handed pitchers, seven outfielders, three catchers, six shortstops and a third baseman. Every pitcher is 6′ 0″ or taller. There is also a rather tall catcher that was signed, coming in at 6′ 3″.

8 Responses

  1. The Duke

    5 of the 6 SS are 6′ or taller as well. Only Costante and one of the catchers are 200+ lbs.

  2. fromcubawithluv

    No idea how much work it would be, but it would be cool to see details from past years and how successful those signings have been. Just a thought.

  3. Ryan the Red

    Yoel Noel has the coolest name followed by Jakob is old, i mean Izold.

  4. M W

    Baseball America released the list in February, you could have saved yourself a lot of work.