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.
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.