Matt Eddy at Baseball America has released the most recent minor league transactions for October 1st through October 7th and the Cincinnati Reds made three signings of minor league free agents. Yesterday we covered the re-signing of right handed reliever Alejandro Chacin, so be sure to check that article out if you want some more information there. The team also re-signed left handed reliever Ismael Guillon and outfielder Jonathan Reynoso to new contracts.
Left handed pitcher Ismael Guillon has gone down an interesting road in his career with the Cincinnati Reds. He originally signed with the team as a left handed pitcher when many teams preferred him as a position player, but his original contract was voided after a medical issue popped up. He then re-signed with the team later that year and made his debut in 2010 with the Arizona League Reds where he posted a 3.32 ERA in 57.0 innings with 23 walks and 73 strikeouts. Guillon has battled consistency since then, alternating years where he’s really struggled with control and years where he showed improvements.
He missed all of the 2015 season with a torn latissimus muscle, but returned in 2016 and dominated for the Daytona Tortugas. He split time between the rotation and the bullpen, making 13 starts and another 19 relief appearances in the Florida State League. The Venezuelan left hander posted a 2.41 ERA in 93.1 innings, allowing just 50 hits, walking 39 batters and striking out 116. When I saw him pitch in late July down in Daytona I left very impressed with what he had shown.
Outfielder Jonathan Reynoso, like Guillon, spent his entire 2016 season in Daytona where he played in 112 games. The 23-year-old hit .285/.319/.321 on the season to go along with 31 steals. He hit just eight doubles and three triples on the season, with no home runs. He shows off good speed and uses it well on the offensive side of the ball. There’s some untapped potential offensively, particularly where power is concerned – but to this point in his career he hasn’t been able to get much use from that potential with just seven career home runs in 1666 plate appearances.