20 year old Cuban defector Reydel Medina has been signed as an outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds organization. Reports indicate that Medina received $400,000 for his signature on the contract. Scouts from the Cincinnati Reds have traveled to Cuba to watch him play in the Dominican Republic. Medina will enter the United States and the Reds team as soon as he receives his Visa.
Medina played in the 16U World Championship in 2009 where he went 12 for 27 including a home run, two triples, four doubles, four walks and three strikeouts. Because the 2013 is nearing the end of the season, one would assume that Medina might not make his Cincinnati Reds debut until next season in 2014.
At 6’2 and 220lbs, he runs at above average speeds on the 60 yard dash. A left-handed hitter, his bat is expected to be pretty hot. However, scouts have had issues in the past with Media’s crudeness at the plate. It is also likely that when he does make his debut it will be on the Reds’ Class A Dayton team.
The Reds’ pitching and defense have been top notch this season. But in order to catch up to the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central division they seriously need to heat up their bats. There have been several instances of great pitching from guys like Homer Bailey, Mat Latos and Bronson Arroyo where they should have gotten the W but the Reds bats just weren’t there so the great pitching got the short end of the deal.
Once Medina has moved up from Class A to the Bigs, I hope he carries a hot bat with him because without any offense, there’s really no point in even having a defense if they can’t answer when the opponent gets runs across the plate.