Allan Cerda signed with the Cincinnati Reds last year during the international signing period out of the Dominican Republic. The now 18-year-old was born in the Bronx, but moved to the Dominican at some point in his childhood and was an international free agent rather than a draft eligible player.

With the Reds being in the penalty phase for spending far more than they were allowed in the 2016 signing period, the team was limited to spending no more than $300,000 on any single player. Allan Cerda was just one of two players that the organization signed for 6-figures during the signing period.

The outfielder got out to a slow start in June. Allan Cerda began his professional career that month. In the first 11 days of the month he hit .091/.333/.136 with 10 strikeouts. Over the 37 games played since then, things have changed in a big way. He’s posted a .299/.424/.512 since then. That’s come along with nine doubles and six home runs. He’s also walked 18 times to go along with 29 strikeouts. That’s a walk rate of 11.4% and a strikeout rate of an 18.4% strikeout rate.

He’s been even better in August. The sample size is rather limited, just seven games. With that said, he’s hit .375/.467/.625 in 30 plate appearances during the month. He homered on Monday afternoon, giving him six on the year. The Dominican Summer League records on Baseball-Reference only go back to the 2006 season, but looking at Cincinnati Reds prospects that have come through the league going back to that point only one player has hit more home runs than the six that Cerda currently has. In 2015 Pabel Manzanero hit eight for the DSL Rojos. Several players have matched the six home runs.

 

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