The Cincinnati Reds have announced the signing of 15 prospects to kick off the 2024 international prospect signing period. Earlier today I wrote about the two biggest signings of the day – outfielder Adolfo Sanchez and shortstop Naibel Mariano. Both players received signing bonuses in the 7-figures, and according to Baseball America’s projected signing bonus list got the 6th and 11th highest bonuses of all players that are expected to sign this year. Update: Two more signings have been added since initial publication that were not announced with the original 15 deals shared by the club in their official release, but are on the official transactions report. Another Update: An 18th player has been signed and added below.
Today is just the first day that teams can sign players from this current class. The signing period will last for the next 11 months and there will be more signings coming along, though today is likely going to be where the bulk of the signings come from.
It’s worth noting that while contracts did get signed today, they aren’t technically official until they are approved by Major League Baseball’s Commissioner’s Office. It’s very rare that this becomes an issue as players tend to go through a verification process prior to signing to confirm their signing eligibility and all of that. Teams will also conduct physicals and every so often that can show an issue that may lead to something. Both are rare things, but they do happen at times.
Here’s the list of the players that the Reds agreed to deals with today:
- Erlin Aguero – RHP – Dominican Republic
- Jhan Almeida – RHP – Venezuela
- Juan Brown – 3B – Aruba
- Oniel Diaz – RHP – Dominican Republic
- Manuel Marchan – RHP – Venezuela
- Naibel Mariano – SS – Dominican Republic
- Jaset Martinez – OF – Venezuela
- Shendrion Martinus – SS – Curacao
- Franyer Mendez – RHP – Venezuela
- Jirvin Morillo – C – Venezuela
- Pablo Nunez – OF – Venezuela
- Peson Revierre – OF – Curacao
- Riangelo Richardson – 2B – Aruba
- Jose Sabino – SS – Venezuela
- Adolfo Sanchez – OF – Dominican Republic
- Stharlin Torres – RHP – Dominican Republic
- Nayerich Waterfort – 2B – Curacao
- Diorland Zambrando – SS – Venezuela
This group features six pitchers and 11 position players. All of the pitchers are listed as right-handed pitchers. The position player group has six infielders, a catcher, and four outfielders.
To be eligible to sign during this current signing period a player has to have been born between September 1st, 2006 and August 31st, 2007. Players who are born earlier than that are also eligible to sign – they were just previously eligible in most cases.
Cincinnati has $6,520,000 to spend this signing period. That is the second tier of pool money. The Reds fall into this category this year because they have a Comp A draft pick last year. In years where they would have a Comp B draft pick they get the top tier of pool money for the international signing period. Teams are allowed to trade for additional pool money. It can only be traded for and acquired for the current signing period, and teams can only acquire up to 60% in total of their original pool allotment.
Scouting reports for these players are now available and can be found here.