On Saturday the Dominican Summer League Reds and Rojos seasons came to an end. The Reds finished the year at 41-30, outscoring the opposition 334 to 320 over the course of the season. They missed the playoffs, finishing 3.5 games behind the Blue Jays.

Dominican Summer League Reds

This team is generally the one that seems to be the more “advanced” of the two teams with players that are slightly older and a tad more experienced – though both teams are full of very young players. The average age is only 18.5 for the team.

The average triple-slash line in the Dominican Summer League was .241/.336/.326 during the 2017 season. Three guys stood out among the team at the plate. Debby Santana, Leonardo Ortiz and Claudio Finol were all well above-average during the season.

The Hitters

Debby Santana | He hit .302/.356/.448 with 17 doubles, a triple and two home runs on the year. The 16-year-old had 13 walks and 45 strikeouts along the way in 188 plate appearances. He spent his time in the field at third base.

Leonardo Ortiz | He hit .295/.378/.420 with 14 doubles, a triple and 2 home runs on the season. The 20-year-old had 16 walks and 23 strikeouts in 203 plate appearances. It was a big step forward for Ortiz, who had OPS’d just .550 and .574 the previous two seasons. He split time between first base and catcher when he was in the field.

Claudio Finol | The 17-year-old hit .300/.380/.405 on the season with 10 doubles, 4 triples and a solo home run. He walked 23 times with just 19 strikeouts in 232 plate appearances. He spent most of his time at third base (29 games), but also saw time at second (12 games) and first (9 games).

The most known prospect on the team was Cristian Olivo, who got the largest signing bonus handed out by the Reds to a non-Cuban since 2008 when he signed in 2015. His season started out slowly. In the first 26 games he hit .222/.267/.313 with 4 walks and 31 strikeouts in 107 plate appearances. Over the final 27 games he hit .281/.330/.469 with 6 walks and 20 strikeouts in 107 plate appearances.

The Pitchers

The average ERA in the league was 3.63 on the season and the average walk rate was 4.5 batters per 9 innings and a strikeout rate of just 7.5 batters per 9 innings.

Jose Valenzuela | The 19-year-old right hander started 15 games, tops on the Reds. He threw 75.1 innings with a 1.79 ERA with 21 walks and 62 strikeouts.

Marvin Mateo | The right hander threw 63.2 innings over 14 starts. The 19-year-old posted a 3.11 ERA in that span, allowed no home runs and had 34 walks with 44 strikeouts.

Manuel Cachutt | He split his time between the rotation and bullpen. The 20-year-old righty made eight starts and six more relief appearances. In 54.0 total innings he posted a 2.00 ERA with 15 walks and 49 strikeouts.

Frainger Aranguren | The 20-year-old right handed reliever posted a 2.15 ERA in 37.2 innings pitched. He also walked 14 batters with 33 strikeouts and didn’t give up a home run.

Tomorrow we will do a similar review of the DSL Rojos. To see the entire performance for the DSL Reds you can click here.

14 Responses

  1. Bill

    Doug, Santana’s OBP should read .356 vs, .256. Thanks for the report on the DSL Reds. Looking forward to tomorrow’s on the Rojos.

    • Doug Gray

      It would be impressive at .256 though, wouldn’t it? At least in the sense that he would have hit .302, but somehow had enough sac flies to drop the OBP so far.

  2. Greenfield Red

    My guess it that about 5 or 6 of these guys head North next year along with 3 or 4 from the Rojos. Thoughts?

    • Doug Gray

      While the AZL Reds this year are very international, nine players in a year seems like a lot. They usually don’t get that many brand new guys in a given year.

  3. Colorado Red

    As an aside, any news on if Cozart passed waivers?
    I know AZ may need a SS.

  4. wes

    How many guys did they bring over last year and what was the process like?

  5. The Duke

    I don’t ever remember being so meh about who the Reds are sending to the AFL.

    • Bill

      It is not a list of players that will motivate me to check the box scores each day. I guess the Reds feel like their top prospects got plenty of work in this season and didn’t need the extra month of games to boost their development.

    • Todd

      To say it is underwhelming is an insult to underwhelming. To bad the Reds don’t use the AFL as continuous development like other teams (see: Braves, Nats, et al). Shed Long could stand more ABs, but I guess they would rather do this in the back fields in Goodyear. :(

    • Greenfield Red

      Where’s the list? I’d like top be underwhelmed too!

  6. Billy

    Doug, do you have a way to get league averages by age? Sometimes the numbers look pretty good, but then you realize the player is 20 years old already. Or the numbers aren’t much to write home about, but then you realize that the player is only 16. I think it would add some context vs. just comparing to an overall league average.