When it comes to All-Stars for all of the minor leagues, the Cincinnati Reds were shut out. That’s not terribly surprising. Looking at the selections made by Baseball America it’s tough to argue in favor of someone from the Reds having a better argument.
It was in the level-specific All-Star selections where the Reds had a few players selected. Ibandel Isabel got the nod in the Advanced-A level for the designated hitter. Between his two stops (he was briefly with the Dodgers in their Advanced-A affiliate this season) he hit .257/.332/.562. The big number that jumps out is the 36 home runs he hit. 35 of those came with Daytona and set a new Florida State League single-season record.
Moving down to the rookie-leagues, the Reds land another player on the list. Josiah Gray got the nod as one of the five starting pitchers. Cincinnati’s compensation Round B pick made 12 starts for Greeneville with a 2.58 ERA. In his 52.0 innings he walked 17, allowed just 29 hits, and struck out 59 batters.
In the Dominican Summer League the Reds also landed a starting pitcher on the team. Jose Salvador was one of the five starters named to the team. He posted a 1.18 ERA in his 63.0 innings, allowed just 28 hits, walked 20 batters, and he struck out 72. He’s the only player that the Reds are bringing stateside for instructional league from the DSL Reds this year.
On Thursday afternoon the Reds instructional league roster came out. If you missed the roster and notes, you can check that out here. Jose Salvador was the only player that the Reds are bringing over from the Dominican Summer League this fall for instructional league. It’s not unusual for that to be the case. In his first professional season the lefty just dominated. You can see some of numbers above. But let’s dive into a few more numbers.
Jose Salvador pitched in 14 games in the 2018 season. He allowed more than one earned run once. He allowed two earned runs in that game. Opponents hit just .155/.249/.210 against the lefty. What’s interesting is that even though he was a lefty, his splits weren’t that different. Lefties, granted in a very small sample size of just 24 plate appearances, OPS’d .411 against him. Righties had a .465 OPS against him.
When I saw that he was going to be coming stateside, I reached out to see what I could find out about him. As you can imagine, the amount of people I can reach out to for scouting reports on guys in the Dominican is limited. There aren’t scouts roaming around those games on a daily basis. The stats in the league don’t exactly translate to future performance, either. With that said, I was able to track down some information on Jose Salvador beyond the numbers.
Listed at 6′ 2″ and 170 lbs he’s got a good frame and has some projection left. Right now he’s got an advanced feel for his age, with good command (particularly for his age). Knows how to pitch. Fastball is ahead of the offspeed stuff. The fastball doesn’t have big velocity, but it sounds like there could be more to gain in the future. His breaking ball is ahead of his change up at this point, but he’s a three pitch guy. Good delivery, repeats it well.