Carlos Jorge signed with the Cincinnati Reds as an international free agent on January 15th when the 2021 signing period began. As it almost always is with teenage international signings, the Reds sent Jorge to play at their academy in the Dominican Republic when their season began in July.

For Carlos Jorge, he got a bit of a late start to the season. The middle infielder missed most of the first two weeks for the DSL Reds, making his professional debut on July 19th when he went 0-1 with a walk and a sacrifice fly. He wouldn’t play again until the 24th, when he went 0-3. Two days later Jorge was back in the lineup and he picked up his first two career hits. He’d finish out the month with six hits in the remaining three games, including his first home run on July 31st against the Padres affiliate.

The hits just kept on coming in during August for Carlos Jorge. He played in 17 games during the month and hit .309 with eight extra-base hits. That led to a .500 slugging percentage during the month. But for as good as he had been up to that point in the season it was just a taste of what was coming.

In the final month of the season, plus two games in October, Carlos Jorge went off on the Dominican Summer League pitchers. He hit .357/.465/.629 with 14 walks, 12 strikeouts, and he stole 14 bases to bring his season total to 27 on the year. When the year was over he had led the DSL Reds in average, slugging, OPS, extra-base hits, triples, and steals.

Carlos Jorge stats

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Carlos Jorge Scouting Report

Position: Shortstop | B/T: L/R

Height: 5′ 10″ | Weight: 165 lbs | Acquired: 2021 International Signing

Born: September 22, 2003

Hitting | He’s got an above-average hit-tool.

Power | He has slightly below-average power.

Speed | He’s a plus to plus-plus runner.

Defense | He’s got the potential to be an average defensive middle infielder.

Arm | He shows a solid arm.

While not the biggest dollar signing in the 2021 class for the Reds – he signed for $495,000 – Carlos Jorge was one of the players that even with a strong bonus people talked about being underrated before the year even began. Then he went out and hit the cover off of the ball in his debut.

At the plate he shows a quick bat and has elite-level athleticism according to one person who saw him play this year. While he’s not the biggest player, listed at 5′ 10″ and 165 lbs. he is quite strong for his size. He sticks out at the plate for a lot of reasons. He can and does use the entire field and while he may not have a ton of raw power he’s got fringe-average-ish raw power in the future when it comes to home runs, but he could rack up tons of doubles and triples thanks to his speed and overall hitting ability. That speed is plus to plus-plus at times and should lead to plenty of stolen bases.

In the field he has the tools to play at shortstop. Right now, though, he’s going to have to continue to round out things on that side of the ball. He posted an .896 fielding percentage in his 27 games he played in the field between second and shortstop.

*He’s been listed as a right-handed hitter everywhere because that’s what he was input as within the MiLB database, but he’s actually a left-handed hitter*

Carlos Jorge Spray Chart

Interesting Stat on Carlos Jorge

He hit .416/.500/.662 against relief pitchers in 77 at-bats.

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14 Responses

  1. Matt

    Jorge is one I’m definitely excited to watch this season. I think he could take the same path that de la Cruz did last season, and shoot up prospect boards.
    I’d like to see him play as much as possible, but, do you think he’d be overmatched if he went straight to Daytona to start the season?

  2. Old Big Ed

    The long-overdue progress that the Reds have made with Latin American players in the past few years is vastly underappreciated.

    And it is a good sign that guys as promising as Jorge can’t crack the top 25 prospect list. I like that he seemed to get better as the year progressed, and I can take 10 triples in 188 PAs all day and all night.

    Jorge seems to profile as a center fielder in real life, with excellent speed and a solid arm. Gotta figure he will fill out to maybe 5’11” 185. The 12.8% BB rate is a huge positive, too.

  3. MK

    With all the shortstop talent in the system starting with Farmer and Barrero several are going to need to change positions. Maybe this is why Barrero spent so much time in the outfield last fall.

    • MBS

      Yes too many SS for 1 spot on the field, what a unusual problem for the Reds. Barrero will end up being our SS, or CF this season. The one spot left over will probably go to McLain next season. After that it’s harder to figure, is De La Cruz or future RF, or 3B? Jorge and Cabrera are many years away, but Torres is a slick fielder who showed a bat last year, and in college. I will be interested to see if his bat continues to show up in 22.

      I know all of this is getting ahead of ourselves, but it does look promising.

    • BK

      True, but shortstops typically have the athletic ability to play effectively at multiple spots. If they can hit, they’ll find a position. It’s a good trend to see on the Reds farm.

  4. RedsGettingBetter

    Jorge is another Reds’ SS good prospect. Ironically, last season the major team lacked a regular SS and at this moment the farm system looks crowded in this position with many intriguing prospects as McLain, De La Cruz, Jorge, the new signed Cabrera and even Ivan Johnson could be considered. Hopefully Barrero will have his major league breakout season in 2022 if the lockout gets over.

  5. LDS

    I’d like to see more prospects that hit to all fields with average. I think it would have a big impact on the Reds future vs. a team of power-crazed pull-hitters.

    • VegasRed

      Between this kid and others, there is no reason to limit him to just SS. Let them move around the diamond or OF in the minors. But tinker shouldn’t be moving Barerò to CF at the MLB level for the first time even before he gets comfortable at the plate. Just one more reason that I think bell is a clown.

  6. DaveCT

    Left hand hitting SS’s are OK in my book. Switch hitters, too, if successful.

  7. Stock

    One of three prospects in my top 25 that did not make it for Doug. I love this guy. I don’t think he will stick at SS but will be fine in CF or at SS. I love his plate discipline and abilty to hit to all fields. I would not be at all surprised if he spent time in Daytona next year.

  8. Mike in Ottawa

    I think they could open another OF spot by grooming Winker at 1B. Votto may be done in a year or two and Winker is said to be an OF liability.

    • BK

      This is one of the more common position changes suggested. That said, I wonder how feasible this idea is. After all, Winker has never logged any professional time on the infield (majors, minors or spring training). Most of his limitations in the outfield seem to be physical. That is, he’s not the fastest guy nor does he have a strong arm. Does he have the reflexes to field on the dirt? How good would he be at receiving throws given that many aren’t exactly on target? How long would it take to learn the nuances? I don’t really know these answers, but would be curious if others have thoughts on this topic.

      • Matt

        Another issue here would be: are the Reds going to try and extend Winker beyond arbitration years? He’s only got 2 left of team control. And if 2022 and 2023 are like 2021 (and he remains healthy), he might cost more than the Reds want to pay.

      • Old Big Ed

        BK, if Winker has the reflexes to hit MLB pitching, he should have the reflexes to play first base. Whether he would be any good at it is another question, because I agree with you that moving from LF to 1B isn’t as easy in practice as it is to say.

        However, Winker stands to earn $10 million/year for an extra few years, if he can learn to play first base, so he shouldn’t have any motivational problems with it. I would guess that he has already fiddled with it a bit on his own.