The 2024 international signing period has begun and the Cincinnati Reds are getting things started with two big signings today. They’ve signed outfielder Adolfo Sanchez and shortstop Naibel Mariano.
Baseball America’s list for the expected Top 100 signing bonuses this signing period has Adolfo Sanchez at #6 and Naibel Mariano at #11. It is worth noting that those are not necessarily the ranking for each as a prospect within the class itself. That said, it’s probably close enough to it and we should feel comfortable stating that the Reds are landing two of the better prospects in the signing with these two players.
Adolfo Sanchez Scouting Report
Cincinnati has been linked with Adolfo Sanchez for years now and as of today things are official as he’s put pen to paper. He’s currently listed at 6′ 2″ and 175 lbs. Born on September 19, 2006, he’s 17-years-old and is from the Dominican Republic.
When it comes to where he stands out on the baseball field it’s his hit tool that’s above the rest. An above-average hit tool is coupled with potential average power in the future gives him a strong profile with the bat. In the field he can play center now, but his speed is only average to slightly above-average depending on who you ask. He gets good reads and runs good routes, but if he loses a little bit of speed as he fills out his frame then he likely has to move to right field. That shouldn’t be a problem as his above-average arm strength should have no issue making that transition if he needs to.
As a general rule – I do not report the signing bonuses for players unless it is noted somewhere else. With that said, MLB Pipeline is reporting now that Sanchez has signed for $2,700,000.
Naibel Mariano Scouting Report
The shortstop is listed at 6′ 3″ and 182 lbs. He was born on September 6, 2006 and is 17-years-old. Mariano is from the Dominican Republic.
As things stand right now, Mariano is more power over hit. He has above-average power potential, which is his highest rated tool. The hit tool could be average in the future.
In the field he’s currently capable of handling shortstop where he’s good a good arm and actions. There’s a chance that he could fill out and outgrow the position, but if that happens he seems to have the tools to slide over to third base without much an issue.
MLB Pipeline is reporting that Mariano has signed for $1,650,000.