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    Reds 2020-2021 International Signing Period

    Here's MLB Pipeline's top international prospects expected to sign when the new signing period starts in July

    The Reds are expected to sign Ariel Almonte out of this group.

    In addition, #1 prospect Yoelqui Cespedes, younger brother of Yoenis and #20 prospect Norge Vera, have no favorite signing team listed.
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    Re: Reds 2020-2021 International Signing Period

    Almonte only 25th on that list..bummer.

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    Re: Reds 2020-2021 International Signing Period

    You read the MLB write-up on Almonte:

    The teenager is a bat-first corner outfielder who projects to be a plus hitter with plus power potential if he continues to develop at a normal pace. Almonte has a chance to be a middle-of-the-order slugger who can drive in runs in the big leagues one day. https://www.mlb.com/prospects/intern...almonte-694200
    Then compare to Hendrickson and Wainwright, and even Reece Hinds and Tyler Callahan from last year's draft, and you see a type starting to materialize. The current braintrust wants guys that can hit the baseball and hit it hard. They'll figure everything else down the road.

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    Re: Reds 2020-2021 International Signing Period

    In the write-up about Almonte, they said he's particularly good at driving the ball to left-center. The ability to drive the ball to the opposite field also happens to be one of the most predictive thing about power potential down the road.

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    Re: Reds 2020-2021 International Signing Period

    It will be interesting to see how the coronavirus affects international bonuses and numbers (if at all).

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    Re: Reds 2020-2021 International Signing Period

    MLB has moved the start of the Signing period to Jan 15, 2021. (Because they haven't hurt baseball enough yet)
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    Re: Reds 2020-2021 International Signing Period

    Cincinnati Reds 2020-21 International Signing Preview

    The Reds' first full signing class under international scouting director Trey Hendricks is shaping up to be a deep, balanced signing class with a diverse mix of skill sets.

    The biggest bonuses are expected to go to a pair of Dominican outfielders, Malvin Valdez and Ariel Almonte. Valdez has some rawness to his game as he learns to recognize spin and make more frequent contact in games, but he's a tool shed with premium athleticism. He's at least a plus runner with good range in center field and the raw power to drive the ball out of the park during batting practice. He's likely to sign for near $2 million.
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    Re: Reds 2020-2021 International Signing Period

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    Source: #Reds agree to $1.9 million deal with outfielder Ariel Almonte, #26 on @MLBPipeline’s Top 30 Int’l Prospects list. atmlb.com/2N4HxEO
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    Re: Reds 2020-2021 International Signing Period

    This guy really likes Almonte..

    https://www.mlb.com/video/top-int-l-...cts-almonte-of

    Very young too...just turned 17.

    https://www.mlb.com/prospects/intern...almonte-694200

    Nice write up on him from a Cubs site.

    https://www.cubshq.com/story/Breakin...(Part-2)-16752

    More from MLB.com on him

    https://www.mlb.com/news/reds-2020-2...onal-prospects

    Complete list of MLB Top 30 International prospect signings

    https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-interna...ng-day-2020-21
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    Re: Reds 2020-2021 International Signing Period

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    Reds adding to their signing class today with Dominican outfielder Malvin Valdez for $1.9 million.

    baseballamerica.com/stories/2020-2…
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    Re: Reds 2020-2021 International Signing Period

    Looks like Malvin has his own Youtube page with a couple recent videos on there...already wearing a Reds uniform too! LOL

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXK...v5eAKv_Ye-grWw

    Here is another BA video from this past spring as well.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oePPlvtZVV4

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    Re: Reds 2020-2021 International Signing Period

    Interesting top 10 Dominican prospect list I found on youtube. Second number is their International ranking per MLB.com. MLB has 15 Dominicans in their top 30 BTW.

    LOS MEJORES PROSPECTO DOMINICANO PARA JULIO 2 2020
    1 - Amando Cruz ( Washington Nationals) 5
    2- Manuel Beltre ( Toronto Blue Jays) 24
    3 - Pedro Pineda ( Oakland Atléticos) 13
    4- Cristian Hernandez ( CUBS) 6
    5 - Víctor Acosta ( San Diego Padres) 19
    6 - Cristian Santana ( Detroit Tigers) 14
    7 - Shalin Polanco ( Pirates) 11
    8 - Denser Guzman ( Anaheim Angels) 29
    9- Yemal Flores ( Phillies) NR
    10 - Malvin Valdez ( Cincinnati Reds) NR

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OO1eHV4iMlY

    Also says Valdez DOB is Oct 14, 2003. So he just turned 17 a couple months ago
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    Re: Reds 2020-2021 International Signing Period

    Complete Reds signing list so far...

    Malvin Valdez, of, Dominican Republic (scouting report) -- $1.9 million bonus
    Ariel Almonte, of, Dominican Republic (scouting report) -- $1.85 million bonus
    Brayan Rijo, of, Dominican Republic -- $750,000 bonus
    Luis Reyes, 3b, Venezuela
    Carlos Jorge, ss, Dominican Republic -- $495,000 bonus
    Jose Serrano, ss, Venezuela
    Eddy Izturis, c, Venezuela
    Leonardo Balcazar, ss, Venezuela



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    Re: Reds 2020-2021 International Signing Period

    Quote Originally Posted by DocRed View Post
    Complete Reds signing list so far...

    Malvin Valdez, of, Dominican Republic (scouting report) -- $1.9 million bonus
    Ariel Almonte, of, Dominican Republic (scouting report) -- $1.85 million bonus
    Brayan Rijo, of, Dominican Republic -- $750,000 bonus
    Luis Reyes, 3b, Venezuela
    Carlos Jorge, ss, Dominican Republic -- $495,000 bonus
    Jose Serrano, ss, Venezuela
    Eddy Izturis, c, Venezuela
    Leonardo Balcazar, ss, Venezuela

    https://www.baseballamerica.com/stor...-tracker/#Reds
    Relatively large signing bonuses.

    Based on nothing else, that would seem to presage good news.

    Brayan Rijo is a "quick twitch" high bat speed CF with a chance to go 20/20 but a questionable hit tool. (Sounds familiar.)

    Jorge is a small-framed SS with good speed and solid defensive tools.

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