The Cincinnati Reds have acquired outfielder Lorenzo Cedrola from the Boston Red Sox via a trade. The outfielder was traded for international bonus pool cap space. The amount has not been announced by either team at this point. Money was not actually sent in this deal – just the ability for the Red Sox to spend more money on international players. The Reds are limited to signing any individual player for more than $300,000 this signing period. Expect more trades like this as the organization uses their resources the best that they can.
Lorenzo Cedrola is a 20-year-old from Venezuela. He’s played in the Dominican Summer League, Gulf Coast League, and the South Atlantic League with the Red Sox over the past four seasons. The outfielder is repeating his time in Greenville (not to be confused with Greeneville). This season he’s hitting .318/.350/.427 with 17 doubles and three triples in 229 plate appearances.
There are some good things to look at in the stats with Lorenzo Cedrola. He makes plenty of contact. He’s struck out just 29 times this season – good for a strikeout rate of 12.7%. He’s also been given plenty of chances to attempt stolen bases – running 44 times with Greenville in 142 games played. But, he hasn’t been too successful, going 29 for 43 (67%) – and just 10-for-18 this season. Also on a bit of the negative side, he’s walked a grand total of 50 times in his career in 1158 plate appearances. Since joining Greenville last year in full-season baseball (Low-A, the same level as Dayton) he’s drawn 16 walks in 142 games. That rate absolutely has to improve.
Background information and Scouting Report on Lorenzo Cedrola
He’s listed at 5′ 11″ and 170 lbs, and hits and throws right handed. He originally signed for $35,000 back in 2015, but has already shown to be an absolute bargain at that price. He was ranked as the Gulf Coast League’s #18 prospect after the 2016 season by Baseball America.
From a scouting report side of things, there’s some stuff to like. Lorenzo Cedrola has plus speed and can handle center field just fine. He’s a contact oriented hitter with good bat-to-ball skills. As noted above, he will need to draw more walks, though. While he’s yet to homer in the 2018 season, there’s a change he could be a 10-12 home run guy in the future if he fully develops.