The Dominican Summer League has released their All-Star roster and the Cincinnati Reds are going to have three representatives on the “National League” squad. Infielders Claudio Finol and Miguel Hernandez will be joined by right handed pitcher Eduardo Salazar on the team.

Claudio Finol, a 17-year-old infielder who has played mostly third, but also has time at second and first this season, is hitting .317/.393/.437 on the season. In 33 games and 148 plate appearances he’s hit four doubles, four triples and a home run. That’s also come with five steals, 15 walks and just 11 strikeouts. Finol was signed in the last international signing period out of Venezuela.

Miguel Hernandez is the most notable of the All-Stars. He signed for $600,000 and was one of the 30 best prospects on the international market in 2015. The now 18-year-ld is hitting .300/.361/.431 for the Rojos in 32 games. Over his 145 plate appearances he’s hit 10 doubles, two triples and a home run to go with nine stolen bases. The shortstop has 11 walks and 21 strikeouts this season (he had 35 walks and 37 strikeouts last year).

Right handed pitcher Eduardo Salazar didn’t sign with the Reds until March 4th of 2017. The 19-year-old is in his first season and pitching very well, posting a 1.74 ERA through seven starts and 41.1 innings. He’s allowed just one home run, walked five batters and has 36 strikeouts.

The three players for the Cincinnati Reds organization was second most among the National League. Arizona had four representatives from their organization on the team.

Seth Varner joins Daytona

Left handed pitcher Seth Varner began the season on the disabled list. The 25-year-old pitched last season in Daytona (and two spot starts with Louisville) and then joined the Arizona Fall League as one of the Reds representatives. Over the last two weeks he’s been rehabbing with the Arizona League Reds back in Goodyear. There he made three starts that spanned 6.0 innings with just one walk and 10 strikeouts. With Jesus Reyes being promoted to Double-A, where he started last night for Pensacola, a spot is now open in the rotation for Varner with the Tortugas.

3 Responses

  1. Love the reds

    Hey Doug did the reds sign any international ball players ? I know they were limited to what they could spend thanks.

    • Doug Gray

      Yes they have. The biggest one so far is a $100,000 Cuban guy. They’ve signed a handful of guys so far.

  2. Greenfield Red

    The two DSL teams had multiple other guys deserving of the All-Star team. Leonardo Ortiz, Debby Santana, Felix Abreu, Jose Tello, Jose Valenzuela, Manual Cachutt just to name a few. There are others. Kind of surprised.