The guys over at Baseball America released their end of the year All-Stars. They did so for both all of the minor leagues, and for each specific level within the minors.

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.

11 Responses

    • Mjc

      The wrinkled ones were for four dollar Patreon donators. Anything over 5 dollar a month Doug irons them before he sends them out.

  1. Stock

    Gray dominated even though he is not the most experienced pitcher coming out of college Gray did impress this year. I probably have him ranked higher in my top 25 than most but his performance really encouraged me.

    Salvador is in my top 25 and that alone is enough to know that I think he is impressive

  2. Joe

    I was really hoping they brought Allen Cerda stateside Im lookin forward see what he can do against better competition

  3. Sandheel

    What are the chances of Reed developing into a 4/5 MLB starting pitcher?

    • Joe

      I think th chances r really good he has everything you’d want his fb/slider combo wen on is pretty darn good and he’s learning get big leaguers out which helps his confidence which was shattered few yrs back

    • Norwood Nate

      I’ve heard it mentioned that tall lefties take a little longer to develop. No idea if that’s true but it’s been mentioned by the Reds broadcast team a couple times (so take that with a grain of salt). In general, I think we run out of patience with too many young pitchers before they’ve been given their proper due. Pitching is difficult. I’m glad Reed is getting opportunities now and hope he can build on outings like yesterday.

  4. Sandheel

    Lamb is gone, Finnegan continues to be weighed in the balance and found wanting, so Reed is all we have left from the “great” Cueto trade.