The Dominican Winter League held their annual draft on Wednesday night. The draft is for the rights to a player in the winter league and doesn’t necessarily mean that they player will ever play for that team. Of course, it’s likely that eventually they will. The Cincinnati Reds had two players selected in the draft this season. Outfielder Andy Sugilio and relief pitcher Aneurys Zabala were both selected.

In order to be eligible for the Dominican Winter League draft a player must have played in Low-A baseball or higher the previous minor league season and have been on a Low-A roster through August. There are six teams in the league and each team used 16 rounds. You can see the entire draft results at (the official website for the Dominican Winter League).

Andy Sugilio was selected in the 9th round by Leones del Escogido. The outfielder spent the entire year with the Dayton Dragons. Some of that time came on the disabled list for Sugilio, but when he was on the field it happened in a Dragons uniform. The 21-year-old outfielder played in 91 games. He racked up 387 plate appearances and hit .278/.308/.380 on the season.

The year didn’t get out the way he hoped, hitting the disabled list after just two games played. He didn’t return to the field for five weeks. To my eyes it seemed that his hamstring injury was still effecting his play on the field. Known to be one of the fastest players in the organization, he was still fast, but not as fast as he had been. Sugilio hit just .244 in May and June after coming off of the disabled list. After that, he picked up the production. In the remaining 58 games of the season he hit .292 for the Dragons.

In the 13th round of the draft the Gigantes del Cibao selected right handed reliever Aneurys Zabala. He began the year playing with the Great Lakes Loons in the Dodgers organization. The Reds acquired him via trade in the Dylan Floro transaction, along with James Marinan. Once Zabala joined the Reds he spent the rest of his time with the Dayton Dragons. Overall on the season he posted a 4.39 ERA in the Midwest League between his two stops. He had 34 walks (4 intentional) and 43 strikeouts in 53.1 innings pitched. During the year with Dayton he tied the stadium record for fastest pitch at 102 MPH with Hunter Greene and Aroldis Chapman (who did it on a rehab assignment).


4 Responses

  1. Billy

    From the Longenhagen chat on Fangraphs today:

    3:22 What position will Nick Senzel end up playing long-term?
    Eric A Longenhagen
    3:23 He’s listed on the Reds instructional league roster as an OF, so perhaps it’s that. Think he’s good at 3B, though.

    Is that something we already knew, and I just missed it? First I’d heard of it.

    • Doug Gray

      Yes and no. I know that I’ve said it before, but I don’t know if it was just a comment in a reply, or if I wrote a note about it, or if I tweeted it somewhere – but I’ve put it out there that the team seemed like they were going to get him time in the outfield. They didn’t say unequivocally yes at the time, but it was very heavily implied to me that was going to happen. I’m hoping to get the instructs roster posted soon. Waiting to hear back from someone on it.

  2. MK

    Hope Zabala gets an opportunity to pitch in key situations this winter. Do not know how it was determined that he would be a reliever, but he is a large man with body structure to handle a heavier load. As a reliever I believe he could become a Coco Cordero type closer. Very nice kid off the field as well, host family said he really got down on himself after a bad outing. I guess a pretty good cook as well. Was well liked by teammates and coaches and had pretty decent English skills.

    • Doug Gray

      I’d be surprised if he got more than 5 innings. Most guys with his experience don’t play much, and if they do get into games it’s usually only in the first few weeks before the more experienced guys start showing up.