If you support the work here at RedsMinorLeagues.com through Patreon support, you’ve been getting daily updates on both current and former Cincinnati Reds that are playing winter ball for about a week now. You’ve also gotten some updates on how winter leagues are working around the world, too.
Currently there are only three leagues in their regular season right now. The Mexican Winter League, the Dominican Winter League, and the Nicaraguan Winter League. Leagues in Venezuela, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and Australia will begin in the next few weeks.
There aren’t a ton of guys playing from the Reds organization yet – just two position players and three-and-a-half (more below) pitchers. But there’s more to come.
Vladimir Gutierrez is scheduled to start the next game for Licey, which is hopefully going to take place tonight. They’ve been shut down for a few days due to a COVID-19 outbreak among the team that led to five positive tests of players last week.
As for that three-and-a-half pitchers comment, the half player portion of that is Jose Valenzuela. He’s listed as being on the reserve list. Usually that means that a player has retired, but a team didn’t release the player and is holding onto their rights in case the player chooses to return to play. There are a few other reasons a player would be listed on the reserve list, but that’s usually the main reason.
Jared Solomon’s Tommy John surgery
On Friday the Cincinnati Reds added Jared Solomon to the 40-man roster, along with Vladimir Gutierrez and Riley O’Brien, in order to protect them from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. It was a good day for Solomon as the organization showed faith in him by adding him to the roster.
But what was unknown, and at least as far as I could tell unreported anywhere, Solomon was just getting back to recovery from having Tommy John surgery. I found this out on Saturday evening and reported about it over at Redleg Nation. I’m told he will be out “until late 2021”, but that the surgery was done by Dr. Kremchek and that things went well.
Prospect lists and praise Jonathan India
The crew at Baseball Prospectus unveiled their Cincinnati Reds prospect list for the 2021 season this morning. You’ll need to be a subscriber to see the list, but I’ll give you a spoiler on it: They’ve ranked left-handed pitcher Nick Lodolo as the organization’s top prospect.
Over at MiLB.com, Michael Avallone wrote about the Cincinnati farm system, too. One of the guys focused on was Jonathan India, who was a stand out over at Prasco Park in Mason.
Jonathan made some great strides in his development coming off ,” Pender said. “It showed in all facets of his game. We saw increased bat speed, the power we envisioned from him and a continuously refined approach. Our organization adopted a somewhat different hitting approach this past year, from the top on down. Jonathan was one of the guys who bought in, and it seems to be paying off.
Since signing, India has had some battles with injuries. For the most part they haven’t kept him off of the field, but they likely have kept him from showing his full potential, too. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard good things about India looking good in Mason at the alternate site, but it’s good to see that it’s being recognized more places.