The Cincinnati Reds have added to their international signing class today, signing left-handed pitcher Dominic Scheffler out of Switzerland. He’s now the 15th player to sign with the organization in the 2023 class.

Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Scheffler moved to Japan while in high school and played there for two years. He would then move to Germany where he was at Ragensberg Academy. He had been committed to play collegiately in the United States at Seattle University prior to signing a contract with the Reds.

Dominic Scheffler Scouting Report

The 17-year-old lefty is 6′ 4″ tall. His fastball works in the low 90’s and he’s touching 94 MPH. He shows a clean delivery with good arm action. Scheffler also flashes a good breaking ball.

Other notes

There has only been one player born in Switzerland to play in the Major Leagues. Otto Hess pitched in parts of 10 seasons over 100 years ago for Cleveland and Boston. According to the Swiff Baseball and Softball Federation, Dominic Scheffler is the first Swiss home grown player to sign a contract with a Major League Baseball organization. Noah Williamson has dual citizenship and was selected by the Marlins  out of Everett Community College in the 2021 draft, but he was born in California and raised in Nevada – but did play internationally with Switzerland in 2019.

To read about all of the prospects the Cincinnati Reds have signed so far in the 2023 class, you can check things out right here.

9 Responses

  1. DaveCT

    I wonder if his commitment to Seattle University indicates having worked with Diveline?

    Either way, a 6’4″ 17 year old left handed pitcher sitting low 90’s and touching g 94 has got my attention. Seems like he might have been a 2nd/3rd round draft pick.

  2. MK

    Reds minor league camp will truly be International. In addition to the Latin guys, the Rule 5 Draft selection pitcher from New Zealand, 2 pitchers from Australia an infielder from Italy and now Switzerland. Very encouraging.

  3. Old Big Ed

    The other Swiss guy, Otto Hess, is one of 5 MLB players to have served both in the Spanish-American War and World War 1. He went 20-17 in 1906, pitching 333 innings, which apparently ruined his arm. He played in the minors in 1909-11, but came back in 2012 with the Braves.

    He got struck with TB in WWI, and eventually died of TB age 46.

  4. RedsGettingBetter

    Does he have a pitcher profile similar to Brandon Williamson? Am I wrong?