The Dominican Winter League held it’s annual draft today. Players that are eligible include anyone who played full season minor league baseball this year and were born in the Dominican Republic.
Essentially this just gives that team the rights to that player if and when they choose to play winter ball. Some guys do and some guys don’t.
The first Cincinnati Reds player selected was in the 4th round. Outfielder Aristides Aquino went to Escogido. He spent his 2015 season with the Dayton Dragons with the exception of spending two weeks rehabbing with the Billings Mustangs. The outfielder hit .234/.281/.364 on the season in 249 plate appearances.
Another Dayton Dragons outfielder went next as Narciso Crook was selected in the 9th round by Licey. Like Aquino, he spent his entire season with the Dragons. The 19-year-old hit .236/.270/.383 on the year in 402 plate appearances while playing mostly center field.
A third Dayton Dragon went later in the 9th round as Cibaenas selected shortstop Luis Gonzalez. There’s no chance that he plays this season after having surgery to repair a broken ankle in this last week. The shortstop spent the year with Dayton, playing in 124 games and hitting .245/.270/.306.
Josciel Veras went in the 13th round to Cibao. He had only played in rookie ball prior to 2015, but made it into 15 games for Triple-A Louisville in a utility role. He played six games in center and six more at second base. In 37 plate appearances he hit .219/.324/.281.
Luis Gonzalez and Aristides Aquino both signed as international free agents out of the Dominican Republic as teenagers. Aquino signed in 2011 and Gonzalez followed up by signing the next year. Narciso Crook and Josciel Veras took a different path as both moved to the United States and went on to college before being drafted by the Reds. Crook went in the 23rd round of the 2013 draft out of Gloucester County College. Veras entered the organization a year later as the 30th round selection out of Cumberland university.