The Cincinnati Reds have continued adding to their 2019 International Signing Class, signing Donovan Antonia out of Curacao. He just turned 16-years-old today, making today the first day that he was eligible to sign a professional contract.

Donovan Antonia may not be a completely unseen player for some of you. If you watch the Little League or Senior League World Series then you may have seen him play. In 2016 he played a big role on the Curacao team, homering in their win over Japan in the Little League World Series. Last August he was also on the team from Curacao that won the Senior League World Series.

He’s also played for the Netherlands National Team. In the Under-15 World Cup he went 7-22 (.318) with 2 doubles and a home run to go along with 8 walks and 6 strikeouts. He caught 6 of the games and was the designated hitter in the other 2. He also threw out 4-of-8 attempted base stealers.

Donovan Antonia Scouting Report

He’s a very athletic catcher. There’s a chance that he’s athletic enough that he could get chances at second or third base, perhaps even some opportunities in the outfield. He’s made big improvements with the bat in the last six months. It’s been noted that he has good make up and is a hard worker. Antonia also grew up with Ray-Jacson Chirino, who signed with the Reds in early July. He’s heading to the Reds facility in the Dominican Republic later this week now that he’s officially signed.

Players must be 16-years-old before September 1st of this year to be eligible to sign in the current signing period. Donovan Antonia is one of the youngest players eligible from the current class and will play nearly all of the 2020 season as a 16-year-old.

The Reds signing class

This is just another signing that adds to the 2019 International Signing class that has now seen the Cincinnati Reds spend over $4.5M. Their bonus pool for the year in $5.9M and the signing period will end on June 15th of 2020. You can read more about all of the players signed thus far right here.

8 Responses

    • Doug Gray

      Yes I do. But I’ve made the choice the last few years to not publicize signing bonuses for individual players unless somewhere else already put it out there in the public sphere.

      • Vander

        For good reason, Doug. Thanks. I just wanted to know if it was public.

  1. AirborneJayJay

    He sounds like a very astute signing. An above average Catcher is needed in the Reds organization.
    I don’t want to heap unrealistic expectations on him, it would be awesome if he turned into a future Yadier Molina for the Reds.

  2. RedsKoolAidDrinker

    This got me thinking. What ever happened to Jake Turnbull?

    • Jonathan Linn

      @ RedsKoolAidDrinker – I had the same thought reading through this about jake Turnbull. Did he just not live up to expectations or just decide to go back to AUS?

  3. Klugo

    I think it’s very hard to win at the MLB level without a strong international presence.