In January the Cincinnati Reds made another big splash in the international signing market when they picked up one of the top prospects in the entire class with catcher Alfredo Duno. He got a signing bonus of $3,100,000 and it was the biggest bonus given out to a non-Cuban born player in the history of the club. But the team also added a handful of mid-tier signings and among that group was outfielder Yeycol Soriano.
Listed at 6′ 0′ and 150 lbs., the 17-year-old came into the year with a scouting report that leaned more towards current strong defense, but some projection at the plate as he fills out his frame. But three games into the season he’s been obliterating the baseball.
On Thursday, the left-handed hitter picked up three doubles. That gave him five of them on the season – at least one in each game he’s played. Batting leadoff for the Dominican Summer League Reds, Yeycol Soriano has been a sparkplug for their offense early on. He’s gone 7-12 (.583) with those five doubles, he’s scored four runs, driven in five runs, walked four times, stolen a base, and he’s struck out just once. He’s hitting .583/.688/1.000 through his first three games of the year.
Jhonny Pereda’s hit streak
The Louisville Bats have gotten an incredible amount of production out of their catching crew this season. Chuckie Robinson has gotten a majority of the playing time and he’s hit well for the Bats. But Jhonny Pereda‘s hitting well, too. The backup has had a hit in every game he’s played since April 19th. However, as the backup catcher, that means he’s only played in 16 games over that stretch.
Last night in Columbus he extended that hitting streak to 16 games by picking up a double and a home run. He’s now hitting .382/.432/.544 in his 19 games played this season for Louisville.
Kenya Huggins is flipping the script
The 2023 season didn’t get out to a good start for Kenya Huggins. The 4th round pick out of Chipola Junior College in 2022 struggled to find consistency in his first six outings of the season. Through May 7th he had allowed 13 runs for the Daytona Tortugas in 10.0 innings while giving up 16 hits and 14 walks while striking out 18 batters. His ERA in that span was 11.70 and hitters had a .356/.508/.600 line against him.
Since then he’s looked like an entirely different pitcher. He’s pitched in five games since then and covered 17.2 innings. In that span he’s allowed 14 hits, walked just three batters, and he’s struck out 19 batters. That’s good for an ERA of 1.02. And he’s held hitters to a .212/.246/.288 line in that time frame.