The Cincinnati Reds have signed right-handed reliever Daniel Duarte to a minor league free agent contract for the 2020 season according to Javier Sedano of Purobeisbol.com. In the 2019 season the now 23-year-old reliever pitched in the Kansas City Royals farm system, pitching at two levels in A-ball, and making a short rehab stint in rookie-ball.

At the three stops he pitched at in 2019, Daniel Duarte posted a 5.60 ERA in 27.1 innings with just two home runs allowed, 10 walks, and he struck out 26 batters. He elected for free agency following the season and went to pitch in the Mexican Winter League. He found a lot more success there, posting a 2.96 ERA for Los Mochis in the regular season. The righty threw 24.1 innings with 12 walks, one home run allowed, and he added 21 strikeouts. He also pitched for the Mexican team in the Caribbean Series, making one appearance where he didn’t allow any runs.

Duarte is a reliever, but he actually has a deep pitch repertoire, showing four pitches in the past. His fastball has some decent velocity to it, working in the 92-95 MPH range and it’s touched 97 when it’s been at it’s best.

Reds sign Jake Paulson

The Cincinnati Reds drafted Jake Paulson in the 27th round of the 2014 draft. He would pitch for the organization in 2014 through 2017. Late in spring training of 2018 the Reds released the 6′ 7″ right-handed pitcher, and he would then sign on with the Cleveland Indians. That’s where he’s spent the last two seasons, posting a 3.30 ERA in 2018 while in Advanced-A and Double-A, and then a 3.92 ERA in Double-A and Triple-A in 2019. Paulson threw 131.0 innings int he regular season with Cleveland’s farm teams. Then he went off to Mexico where he threw another 68.1 innings this winter. The right-hander doesn’t miss many bats, but he counters that with well above-average ground ball rates – he’s never had a rate under 50% at any level he’s ever pitched at.

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