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dougdirt
07-22-2006, 12:10 AM
Most of you know the story behind this guy. Johnny Almarez has been pimping this guy for a while now as a top guy in the system, but he just cant seem to get into the country. Well I looked up his stats today and they are looking pretty good.


W L ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO
3 3 2.08 47.2 25 16 11 1 10 57


Hits per 9 - 4.72
Walks per 9- 1.89
Strikeouts per 9- 10.76
WHIP- 0.73

RedsFanatic
07-22-2006, 12:13 AM
How old is he, where is he playing? What kind of stuff does he have?

dougdirt
07-22-2006, 12:22 AM
He is 21 and playing for the Dominican Summer League Reds. Outside of a fastball that is 92-94 there is not a whole lot of information on him....

RedsFanatic
07-22-2006, 12:26 AM
Any chance he will get into the states anytime soon? If so, what level would he start at? rookie ball? thanks

dougdirt
07-22-2006, 12:28 AM
No one really knows. They wanted to bring him over last year, then again this year. He cant get a work Visa though, something about a fixed marriage and it is causing a lot of problems. Almaraz mentioned something about him being able to pitch in High-A or AA, but I dont think there is anyway they would start him out there even if he came over now.

kheidg-
07-22-2006, 12:52 AM
Here is the article from the Post a while back.

http://www.cincypost.com/2005/03/12/redsnotes03-12-2005.html


Fraud probe snares 2 minor-leaguers

AL BEHRMAN/Associated Press

By Marc Lancaster
Post staff reporter

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Two Reds minor-leaguers, including one pitcher considered an elite prospect, have been denied visas to enter the United States after participating in a fraudulent marriage scheme in the Dominican Republic.

According to Reds director of player development Tim Naehring, third baseman Ambiorix Franco and right-hander Wirfin Obispo were among those targeted by the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican in a crackdown on visa fraud.

The Reds released Franco, who hit .190 in 20 games for the Gulf Coast League Reds last year and was not considered a prospect.

Obispo is another story. The hard-throwing former shortstop, who turned 20 in September, was named the Reds' most improved player in the Instructional League last fall. That came on the heels of a season in which Obispo went 3-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 20 appearances for the Reds' Dominican Summer League team. He was named the club's pitcher of the year.

Reds director of international scouting Johnny Almaraz said Obispo, who struck out 52 batters in 40 innings last summer, can throw 92-95 mph and could conceivably have advanced to the high Class A or even Class AA level this season. Instead, he'll be left at home to play in the summer league again while the Reds hope to get him cleared for a visa in time to participate in the Instructional League this fall.

The marriage scam, which was first reported earlier this week by Baseball America, works like this, according to Almaraz:

"In this case, the people that belong to this racket figured out that baseball players, whether major league or minor league, their wives have virtually no problems acquiring a visa," he said.

"So what they're doing is they're going around and the women that are wanting to leave the country, they're getting their life's savings and these people that are somehow involved in the baseball business contact these minor league players and they say you've got a lady who's willing to pay you $5,000. And actually, the lady pays $10,000 and (the brokers) get $5,000 and the player who marries her gets $5,000. Then they present her to the U.S. Embassy as his wife and they solicit a visa for her. And it's probably a 90 percent chance they're going to give her a visa because she's married to a ballplayer."

If the visa is approved, the player and the wife he doesn't know either get divorced right away or just go their separate ways as if nothing ever happened. Almaraz noted that the Dominican Republic is one of the easiest countries in the world in which to get married and divorced -- "it takes about five minutes," he said.

Almaraz, who signed Obispo out of San Pedro de Macoris last January, said he's disappointed in the player but is optimistic the Reds will be able to work the situation out eventually.

"This kid, he's been a really good kid throughout his entire say with us," Almaraz said. "But he's very poor. I talked to him and he said it was something that was attractive to him. He's just ignorant. He said, 'I didn't think I was going to get in any trouble.'"

KoryMac5
07-22-2006, 03:27 PM
$5,000 dollars to a player in the Dominican Republic is a lot of money. Can't say I blame him for getting involved.

camisadelgolf
01-17-2007, 02:26 AM
I was looking at Obispo's stats (http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/stats/player.php?id=467031) and noticed this:


W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB K HBP AVG TPA BK WP
4 5 2.04 14 14 0 79.1 47 28 18 4 18 93 13 .168 315 0 14

Over 79+ innings, he hit 13 batters and threw 14 wild pitches? Meanwhile, he threw only 18 walks? What kind of hitters are in the Dominican Summer League?

IslandRed
01-17-2007, 10:56 AM
I was looking at Obispo's stats (http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/stats/player.php?id=467031) and noticed this:


W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB K HBP AVG TPA BK WP
4 5 2.04 14 14 0 79.1 47 28 18 4 18 93 13 .168 315 0 14

Over 79+ innings, he hit 13 batters and threw 14 wild pitches? Meanwhile, he threw only 18 walks? What kind of hitters are in the Dominican Summer League?

Hmmm... you might be onto something. Latin American players are not known for plate discipline; the old saying is "you can't walk off the island." So it stands to reason that pitchers' walk totals may be artificially low relative to their actual control.

M2
01-17-2007, 01:13 PM
All three of the top pitchers on the Reds' DSL team had high HBP totals. It's possible that these are kids who aren't afraid to pitch inside or throw a message pitch.

Obispo was the only one with a high WP total though. It might mean he's wild or it might mean the catchers he was working with can't handle his stuff.

RedsManRick
01-17-2007, 08:31 PM
I know nothing about the competition level, but those numbers are sick. Put Harang in AA and you'd be hard pressed to see that hit rate. The HR rate is awesome too. It look to me like a combination of a guy with a ton of movement and hitters who refuse to walk.

So, what's the story in terms his ability to get to the states? Would he start in A ball?

Topcat
01-23-2007, 04:20 AM
I know nothing about the competition level, but those numbers are sick. Put Harang in AA and you'd be hard pressed to see that hit rate. The HR rate is awesome too. It look to me like a combination of a guy with a ton of movement and hitters who refuse to walk.

So, what's the story in terms his ability to get to the states? Would he start in A ball?

I would say he would start in High A and if the success continued he would be bumped to double AA quite quickly.

Shaknb8k
01-23-2007, 11:12 AM
Do we have any official news about him coming over?

dougdirt
01-23-2007, 11:22 AM
Nope.

Puffy
01-24-2007, 03:56 PM
Geez, women paying men to marry them? Looks like I'm heading to the DR for vacation this year.

TC81190
04-06-2007, 02:13 PM
I'm bumping this. I can't help to think of this kid and feel sad or remorseful for him.