The Cincinnati Reds have had two teams in the Dominican Summer League for several years now. When things started to become unstable in Venezuela, the Reds and many other teams pulled their academies out and moved them to the Dominican Republic and most teams operated two teams in the league. That will no longer be the case for the 2018 season. The Reds will be moving to one Dominican Summer League team.

With the addition of the team in Greeneville, the number of teams in the organization will remain the same as it’s been in the past. There will just be a bit of a restructuring, of sorts, to the levels at which some guys move up through as they progress forward. The Dominican Summer League will have just one team, with there now being three “rookie level” teams stateside, instead of two-and-two split between the Dominican and the US.

There are a few reasons for this, but the Reds believe that this will allow them to do things moving forward that they weren’t able to do in the past in regards to the youngest group of players in the organization. With two teams at one facility it does limit some of the things that they were able to do simply due to the manpower, so to speak, available.

“The hope is that we can spend more time with them (the players) and advance them on the field, and off the field – with better nutrition and teaching them English – in a way that we couldn’t previously” said Senior Director of Player Development Jeff Graupe.

The team also is hoping to be able to use the additional resources at their Dominican academy for new signees each year. When players sign during a signing period (which begins July 2nd each year), they very rarely sign contracts to begin playing that specific season. Opening up spaces at the academy by moving one of the teams to the United States will allow the younger players more access to all of the things spoken about above to better prepare them for their first season as professional baseball players.

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2 Responses

  1. MK

    Kind of figured this move was coming as they need to stock another roohie level team. I imagine the AZL Reds are going to get younger as a few more young Latins are brought into help the numbers.

  2. Greenfield Red

    I did notice that last year there were many more players than normal in the two DSL teams who had good years and may be called to the US. I think there are usually about 4 or 5 of such players. Last year you could easily select 10 to 12 of them.