The Cincinnati Reds have acquired outfielder Randy Ventura from the Atlanta Braves. To acquire Ventura the Reds sent international pool slot money to the Braves. This is the second trade that the organization has made, using their pool money to acquire players via trade. They sent a big slot value over to the Boston Red Sox on July 2nd to acquire Nick Longhi. The trade was first reported by Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Randy Ventura signed with the Braves in February of 2015 as a 17-year-old out of the Dominican Republic. He played that season with the DSL Braves and hit .329/.421/.394 in 274 plate appearances. Most impressively, though, was that he stole 55 bases. They brought him stateside the next season as an 18-year-old and assigned him to the Gulf Coast League Braves. In 227 plate appearances there he more than held his own. In 57 games he would hit .284/.358/.351. There wasn’t much power, hitting just two doubles, four triples and one home run. He did steal 15 bases on the year and walked nearly as often as he struck out (25 walks, 31 strikeouts).

In 2017 the Braves pushed him to full season baseball. He was assigned to the Rome Braves where he’s spent the entire 2017 season to this point. In his 95 games played there he’s hit for a good average, .295, but he’s struggled in other areas of the game. He’s walked 24 times with 83 strikeouts and he’s only slugged .325. In 413 trips to the plate, Randy Ventura has hit just seven doubles, a triple and a home run. He’s stolen 29 bases in 41 attempts (71%).

Randy Ventura just turned 20-years-old on July 11th, so he’s still quite young. He’s listed at 5′ 9″ and 165 lbs, so there probably isn’t much physical projection left with him and that means that he’s probably never going to hit for much power, though there is a chance he could hit for more than he has to this point in his career.

Defensively Randy Ventura has played all three outfield spots in the Braves system, though this year it’s been mostly right field. Given his stolen base totals over the last three years, I’d imagine he’s got enough speed to play in center field, but that’s just me making an educated guess at this point in time.

Career Stats

Year Lev PA 2B 3B HR SB BB K AVG OBP SLG
2015 FRk 274 11 2 0 55 35 27 .329 .421 .394
2016 Rk 227 2 4 1 15 25 31 .284 .358 .351
2017 A 413 7 1 1 29 24 83 .294 .338 .325

15 Responses

  1. DanD

    I don’t understand why the Reds are making trades instead of signing international players. I know the max is 300k but Washington signed Robles for 225k albeit it was 4 years ago.

    • Alex Reds

      They will still sign international players. Getting players at no upfront signing cost is an easy deal to win when you’re prevented from signing more expensive players due to penalty from previous overspending.

    • Gaffer

      Garbage, the reds play in the tiniest ballpark but seem to think that they need players with no power. Stolen bases only matter if you get on base and have a very high success rate. You won’t get good pitches or walks if you can’t hit it out if the infield.

    • Bill

      That’s a pretty nice write-up. Ventura certainly has potential. The outfield is getting pretty crowded at the lower levels. With Siri’s hitting streak ending, it would be nice to see either him or Ventura pushed up to Daytona.

  2. Clammy

    Just signed another OF to a minor league deal (Adam Brett Walker formerly of the Twins). That’s a lot OF’s have we acquired in this system over the year: Van Slyke, Walker, Ventura, Gabby Guererro, Goeddle, Longhi, Leon Landry and Sweeney,

  3. MK

    How many active roster players can Billings have? I count 33 right now and that does not include Hunter Greene.