Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Report: Reds ink 20-year-old outfielder from Cuba

The move by the Reds to sign Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman in January 2010 has proved to be a good one. Now, it appears as though the Reds are dipping into Cuba for baseball talent once again.

Baseball America reports that Cincinnati has inked 20-year-old outfielder Raydel Medina for $400,000. A source close to the deal says the signing is still awaiting approval from the league office, though.

Ben Badler was the first to break the story.

At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Medina runs above-average times in the 60-yard dash. He’s a lefthanded hitter with a quick bat and projectable power, although there are concerns among some scouts about his crudeness at the plate despite his performance at the World Championship. Given how little time is left in the 2013 season, Medina might not make his debut until next year, at which point he’ll probably start in one of the lower levels of the system, perhaps low Class A Dayton.

Medina, like Chapman and Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig, defected from Cuba and now claims residency in Haiti.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound, left-handed hitting and throwing Medina first appeared on the radar of scouts after going 12-for-17 with a home run, triple, four doubles, and four walks in the 16U World Championship Tournament in Taiwan in 2009.

Due to the fact that Medina is under 23-years-old, and does not have at least three years of professional baseball experience in Cuba, his bonus will count against the team's international bonus pool of $1,862,100 for the 2013-14 signing period. Medina's $400,000 represents a good chunk of this, obviously, especially considering that the Reds have the second-lowest pool in all of baseball, ahead of only the Washington Nationals.

H/T Cincinnati Enquirer

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