The Reds were busy during the 2022 international signing period

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While the Cincinnati Bengals were busy dispatching of the Las Vegas Raiders en route to their first postseason win since 1990, the Cincinnati Reds were busy inking multiple young prospects to contracts during the international signing period.

The most prominent name among those young international stars to sign with Cincinnati is 17-year-old shortstop Ricardo Cabrera. The infielder was considered by many to be one of the top three international prospects available.

The Reds inked 10 international prospects to contracts on Saturday.

In addition, the Reds also signed Anthuan Valencia and Esmith Pineda, both of whom are ranked in the Top 50 per MLB Pipeline. Valencia is a shortstop by trade who is hailed for his leadership and Pineda most likely profiles as a corner outfielder with a power-packed swing.

Cincinnati also signed seven other international prospects who fall outside of the Top 50. Jesús Correa, Adrian Reyes, Carlos Sanchez, Henry Guerrero, Lisnerkin Lantigua, Nelfi Payano, Joneiker Arelleno, and David Lorduy join the trio of highly-ranked international prospects the Reds signed on Saturday.

The Reds had $5,721,500 of international bonus pool money available, though it's not yet known how much Cincinnati spent. The Redlegs have been one of the more interesting teams to follow on the international market in recent years.

The team is hoping that some of their more recent international signing pan out. Jose Barrero is expected to be on the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day roster next season and may be the team's starting shortstop. Vladimir Gutierrez will be in the mix for the starting rotation, and the Reds have high hopes for one of their top-rated prospect Elly De La Cruz as well.

Cincinnati recently promoted Allan Cerda, who signed for $100,000 back in 2017. The 22-year-old has shown great promise and could make his major league debut in the next two years. The Reds are also hopeful that a pair of young outfielders (Malvin Valdez and Ariel Almonte) who were signed last January turn into potential stars as well.

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At one time a great flaw in the Cincinnati Reds organization, the international signing period has been boon to the franchise of late. Let's hope this new crop of international signings make a tremendous impact on the club in the coming years.