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.

Here’s the updated list of all of the Cincinnati Reds signings in the 2024 signing class.

30 Responses

  1. Dan

    Thanks for the write-ups, Doug!

    Looks like Sanchez is L/L (bats/throws), and Mariano is R/R, yes?

    I know it’s absurd to do this to a 17-year-old, but… well, I can’t help it. Reading the write-up on Sanchez, he sounds like a VERY young Michael Brantley type to me. Which would be a fantastic outcome!

    Anyway, forgive me. It’s fun to just be optimistic about these kids sometimes. ;)

  2. Doug Gray

    Going to have this one buried for two days or so because the international signing stuff is far more important, but I thought I’d toss it in the comments for those of you who read them (I also tweeted about it): The Reds will have two Dominican Summer League teams in 2024.

    • MK

      Always wondered why they didn’t have two teams.

      Is it possible to send US kids there?

      I was also wondering about the Carivan participation of minor league players. If the rules stated they couldn’t be part of Reds Fest, how can they do the Caravan?

      • Doug Gray

        I honestly don’t know the rules with regards to sending US/Canadian/Puerto Rican kids to the DSL. I’ve never seen it before, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it isn’t allowed.

        With the Caravan thing – Redsfest takes place during the “no contact period”. That period starts sometime in the middle of November ends on January 1st. So teams can then ask players if they would like to participate.

      • James K

        The Dominican leagues are mostly for 17-year-olds, and it would be problematic for most U.S. 17-year-olds to go to the Dominican Republic for the Summer.

  3. The Duke

    I like that we got players with good sized frames, and with Sanchez a guy who is hit first. Even if he ends up a corner OF, OF that can hit are something our system needs.

  4. RedsGettingBetter

    Good info Doug, Adolfo Sanchez and Naibel Mariano based on the limited knowledge about them , How could we compare their upside against Ricardo Cabrera and Alfredo Duno?

    • Doug Gray

      I’d say that Sanchez is right there with them when it comes to his prospect “value” at the time of signing. Naibel Mariano is still a very good prospect, but he’s a notch below those guys.

  5. James K

    All the best international prospects the Reds have signed in at least the last three years have been hitters, not pitchers.

    • Optimist

      “Best” seems very speculative, even for scouts, with teenagers. They did draft and sign 6 pitchers. Perhaps it’s simply easier to project on the hitting/fielding side of the roster.

    • Doug Gray

      I’m pulling this from memory, but I believe that it was Baseball America that recently had it written that by-and-large teams are backing off from paying a lot of money for pitchers in this area because of just how much risk is involved with development and injuries when signing 16 and 17-year-olds. It’ll be interesting to see what this whole thing looks like in 10-15 years with regards to teams really taking a step back on paying big bonuses to pitchers.

      • DaveCT

        I think I have noticed the Reds signing a few older kids who pitch. Maybe they’re doing more of a watch and wait thing?

      • The Duke

        I noticed the vast majority of top international prospects listed by MLB Pipeline were hitters, and mostly listed as shortstops

  6. Optimist

    Here’s an almost completely ignorant first reaction question – those $ amounts seem low – am I recalling higher prior amounts; confusing these with, say, the Aroldis/Iglesias amounts (much more developed players); or are there rules limiting international $$?

    For that matter, if they unearth any lower ranked signings who develop these seem like frugal amounts.

    • Doug Gray

      You could be doing a lot of things but the rules are very different today than when the team signed Chapman, Iglesias, Barrero, Gutierrez, etc. Chapman and Iglesias both signed big league contracts. Neither guy would have been eligible to do that under the current rules. Bonus money is capped now, too. While there are still a guy or two who will get $4.5-5M each year, that’s about the top number you’re going to see these days. Some teams aren’t even able to spend $5M for every single signing they make combined.

  7. Greenfield Red

    In my opinion, if the 60 hit tool is real, AS will move quickly. There are not many of those.

    • MBS

      Hopefully he is a fast riser. I’m guessing he’ll leapfrog Duno. Catchers seem to progress slowly, plus I don’t think Duno caught 1 game last year. I’m taking that to mean that he might have a unique progression.

      Keep it up Krall, these high end international prospects are going to start showing up soon.

      • DaveCT

        Lean, high waisted frame. Textbook LH swing. Quick accurate barrel. Recognizes pitches well. Glides around the OF. Plus arm. Sounds like Will Benson with a 60 hit tool. Yes, I’d like to order one of those please.

    • DaveCT

      And, as you know, there’s a 70 hit tool sitting out there for the number two pick next year. Getting one of these kids is very good. Getting both? Channelling Tony The Tiger at this moment.

      • The Duke

        Have to love the Recs position in this draft. Either going to get a future CF with a very good hit tool in Wetherholt, or a future #3 hitter and good defensive 1B in Kurtz who MLB Pipeline puts a 60 on his hit and 65 on his power.

      • DaveCT

        Duke, it’s a true sign of organizational progress that we aren’t discussing how badly the club will screw this up.

  8. wolfcycle

    correct, dunno had an arm injury and he just was used as a dh to be careful.

  9. Melvin

    Looks like two good players. One is another SS. I agree SS are most likely the best athletes. I’m not as hesitant as some others to move them to the outfield. hint ;)

    • Doug Gray

      I would put him in there, yes. I don’t know exactly where but yeah, he’d be in there (closer to 20 than 10 IMO).

      • Greenfield Red

        Impressive. I didn’t think he’d make the top 25, until he at least played a few games.

  10. Mauired

    Reds have the most talented young team in MLB. And the list of teenage talent in the organization that could reach the show in the next 3-5 years is quite impressive.

    Adolfo Sanchez
    Cam Collier
    Naibel Mariano
    Ricardo Cabrera
    Edwin Cervantes
    Hector Rodriguez
    Sammy Stafura
    Leonardo Balcazar
    Alfredo Duno
    Victor Acosta
    Sheng-En Lin
    Carlos Sanchez
    Adam Serwinowski
    Esmith Pineda

    And a few 20 years that just missed the list too

    Edwin Arroyo
    Chase Perry
    Carlos Jorge
    Sal Stewart

    Considering what they already have at the big league level it’s pretty mind boggling and exciting to see this many good players.