Every few years there will be a Cincinnati Reds prospect that winds up playing in the Australian Winter League (known as the Australian Baseball League) and this year it’s a pretty big one. Infielder Ricardo Cabrera – the Reds 7th rated prospect – who turned 19 less than two weeks ago, will be playing for the Perth Heat when their season begins on Friday, November 17th.
Surprisingly, Cabrera is not the youngest player on the team. There are two other players on the club younger – pitcher Jai Hewitt, who is 17, and outfielder Nehomar Ochoa Jr., who is 18 and was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 11th round this past summer. They’ll be suiting up with teammate Tim Kennelly, who is about to turn 36 in a few weeks.
As for Cabrera, he will be looking to pick up where he left things off in the minor league regular season. The Venezuelan infielder hit .350/.469/.559 for the Arizona Complex League Reds in 175 plate appearances. He also stole 21 bases. When the ACL regular season was over he was promoted up to Single-A Daytona where he played the final week of the season and hit .316 with five walks and three more stolen bases.
Cabrera isn’t the only Reds prospect in the league. Darcy Longstaff is also participating this year. He played this past summer with the ACL Reds, and last winter he was in the ABL with Melbourne, but he’s now with Adelaide. Ben Walmsley, who signed with the Reds in January of 2022, is on the Brisbane roster. He did not pitch in 2023 and was placed on the restricted list in late July for an unspecified reason.
If you are interested in watching the games, most of them will be available to watch for free. You can watch them on the Baseball+ App or online. You can get all of that information here at the official ABL website.
Surprise in the AFL Championship Game
The Saguaros, who have all of the Reds prospects, will play tonight in the Arizona Fall League Championship Game. They will take on the Peoria Javelinas, who won their play-in game on Friday night. You can watch the game on MLB.com (direct link here) or on MLB Network at 8pm ET.