The Cincinnati Reds 2018 International Signing Class was one that was rather limited. The organization was, and still is under penalty restrictions due to overspending in the 2016 signing period. They were limited to signing players for less than $300,000 for any one player. With that restriction, they traded away some of their pool allotted money, giving them less overall money to spend to sign players.

The current signing period is still open. Every year it begins on July 2nd and runs through June 15th. There’s a no-signing period of time between then before the next period begins. That means that this class could eventually be larger as there are still nearly four months remaining. Most of the players, however, have signed that are going to sign. It’s worth noting that in this signing period that players from Mexico were not eligible to sign as Major League Baseball investigates how the system has been abused within the country.

Here’s the list of the 17 players that have signed with the Cincinnati Reds in the current signing period.

Player Pos Born Signed Height Weight From
Gabriel Aguilera RHP 8/19/00 10/16/18 6′ 0″ 165 lbs VZ
Wilmer Alcantara OF 12/20/01 7/2/18 6′ 0″ 160 lbs DR
Luis Aquino RHP 6/19/01 7/2/18 6′ 2″ 160 lbs DR
Luis Cabrera 3B 1/18/02 7/2/18 6′ 3″ 180 lbs DR
Elly De La Cruz SS 1/11/02 7/2/18 6′ 2″ 150 lbs DR
Ilvin Fernandez SS 9/8/01 7/2/18 6′ 1″ 160 lbs DR
Jose Franco RHP 11/25/00 10/16/18 6′ 2″ 175 lbs VZ
Jeferson Geraldo OF 7/31/02 9/1/18 6′ 3″ 183 lbs DR
Thomas Lora SS 11/2/01 7/2/18 5′ 11″ 170 lbs DR
Luis Mey RHP 6/24/01 7/2/18 6′ 2″ 160 lbs DR
Lenniell Perez SS 2/3/02 7/2/18 6′ 0″ 170 lbs DR
Jose Pineda OF 2/10/98 8/31/18 6′ 3″ 185 lbs DR
Fraudy Rodriguez C 9/8/01 7/2/18 5′ 9″ 163 lbs DR
Roberto Ross RHP 9/8/01 7/2/18 5′ 10″ 150 lbs DR
Junior Tamaras OF 9/26/01 7/2/18 6′ 0″ 165 lbs DR
Esmil Torres SS 1/18/02 7/2/18 6′ 0″ 150 lbs DR
Williams Yanez RHP 11/7/01 10/16/18 6′ 2″ 175 lbs VZ

A few takeaways from this draft class

Every player signed but three was from the Dominican Republic. The other three hail from Venezuela. That’s a tad unusual. The class, though, was rather small by comparison to past classes. With the elimination of one of the teams in the Dominican Summer League it does mean there will likely be smaller classes than we used to see, which had up to 40 players in them.

Only five players signed with Cincinnati beyond the first day of the signing season. 12 of the 17 players signed on July 2nd. No one signed beyond October 16th, when the team picked up there three signees from Venezuela. Only six pitchers seems like a smaller ratio of pitchers to position players than the norm.

15 Responses

  1. Nep O'Tism

    0 LHP seems odd.

    Also, what’s up with Jose Pineda? Odd to see a non-teenager. Is there a story behind that?

    • Doug Gray

      If there’s a story, I don’t know what it is.

      Still, I think teams should try to do more signings of Latin American dudes that are 18-20. Those are high school/college age guys and most of the time they don’t even get a sniff.

      • Mollyspad

        This is a brilliant idea Doug. I would assume that these guys would fit financially and am guessing that not all great players are identified at age 16

  2. Oldtimer

    Kind of like fishing for muskies (muskellunge). 1000 casts yields one fish. Sign a lot. Maybe one or two will make it.

  3. Cguy

    Any suggestions on reasonably priced hotels/motels near the Reds ST ballpark? Got tickets for the 6th & 7th, but no room yet.

    • Champ Summers

      Don’t exist. The Holiday Inn(maybe on Dysert?) seems to be open later than others. Not sure why. Stayed there once and it was fine. I try to book in December. Even then my favorite spot was booked most of the days I tried.

    • Hunt4redsoct

      Comfort suites on Estrella is reasonable and is closest to the park and complex. Have run into many players there.

      • Doug Gray

        Here’s what I’ve learned about spring training: If you don’t book something 6 months in advance, you are going to pay through the nose.

        They know they can charge whatever they want for ST because there are 14 teams bringing in 225 players, each, and probably 30-50 more employees each, for 6 weeks.

        I feel like I got an absolute steal on an Airbnb a month ago, booked for a month from now. But still, I had to book two months in advance for what is essentially a small 1-bedroom apartment.

        It’s tough out there for spring training and finding something affordable without a long-advanced notice.

    • Oldtimer

      I suggest VRBO (or similar). I go with 3 buddies and we rent a house that costs us each about $75 per night.

      When I go to PHX for other reasons, I stay at La Quinta near the PHX Sky Harbor Airport.

      • Oldtimer

        Less than 30 minutes from PHX Sky Harbor to Goodyear. The VRBO house where I stay is in Glendale (north of Phoenix).

  4. Wes

    Machado to the NL. Atleast it’s San Diego….any guesses on Harper? I say he gets 10 years/325 mil from nationals and snuffs phili.

    • Dollar Bill

      I hope the Phillies get punked and the Nats keep Harper . I think he will end up in Philadelphia to make up for their mistake of signing Mc Cutchen.