According to Baseball America’s Ben Badler, the Reds have agreed in principle to sign Cuban infielder Jose Garcia:

The Reds have an agreement in place to sign 19-year-old Cuban infielder Jose Garcia, pending a physical. It will be a minor league contract with a bonus expected to be around $5 million. Since Garcia is subject to the international bonus pools, with the 100 percent overage tax, the total tab for the Reds will be about $10 million. He’s expected to start his career in the Dominican Summer League.

Badler has a great scouting report on Garcia, which I encourage you to check out.

Our buddy Doug Gray also has his own scouting report on the newest member of the Reds organization:

I was able to speak with another source who has seen Jose Israel Garcia play and their view was quite a bit better than the other two guys that I spoke with last week. His view was more along the lines with what Jon Heyman has been reporting. Garcia’s an up-the-middle guy defensively, but a guy who has a good bat, too. He’s a physical guy already at 19. While I was told he’s not on the same level of a guy like Luis Robert, the source did say he’d rank him right there with any of the position players in the 2017 draft.

Read the entire thing.

8 Responses

  1. bradyetzler

    Don’t know much about the guy, but I don’t mind them spending some money on 19-year-old athletic kids with some upside and the frame to add weight. It seems like he has some semblance of positional flexibility and has hit fairly well in youth international tournaments.

    What I think I like most is what they’ve done talent-building wise. The system is pretty stacked and is going to get another infusion of talent next week. This is, IMO, the best way to rebuild for sustained success.

  2. brmreturns

    Remember when Juan Duran & Yorman Rodriguez were the most exciting Int’l prospects that were ” can’t miss” types…… yeah, that worked out well.

    Just b/c AlfRod is ” hitting much better”; that needs some context. He is only .266/.307/.298. Yes, his SLG is LOWER than his OBP. That’s what happens when you only have SEVEN XBH in 50+ games. Also sports a robust 5.57/1 K/BB ratio…… that’s not good for pitchers or hitters.

    Also, I would have rather spent $10MM on this guy than $50MM on Luis Robert….. who is still just a prospect.

    • brmreturns

      .297 – His K/BB ratio goes down to 4/1 …… and that .297 is inflated by a game where he went 5-5 (only a .269 hitter since May 1, otherwise). Either way, we’re talking about small sample size and you don’t beg off of a prospect that you value – obviously or he wouldn’t have been signed – just because of other prospects that have no better or worse chance of “making it”.

  3. Tom Mitsoff

    If you can get good players, you do it regardless of position. Obviously the team scouts like Garcia, and if the excerpt from Doug Gray is correct that this guy is the equal of any position player in the upcoming draft, then it’s a great signing. If you have several great shortstop prospects in the system, then they can be used as trade bait at the right time to acquire a player at a position where you need help.

    • Adam M. Singhoff

      Can you give us your personal scouting report on Jose Garcia? Would love to hear what you have seen with your own eyes that qualifies you to say the things you are saying.

  4. Playtowin

    Whoa VW. The Reds are investing in the future which is a good thing. The Reds need to improve the quality of the players they have in their system. Garcia is the last international player they can sign for more than $300K until 2020. The front office considered this the best current investment they could make. They have had scouts evaluate the player and I trust their judgement on the player and the money needed to sign him. Since you have not seen the Garcia.play I would suspend criticism for a few years when we will know what kind of results he produces.

  5. Tom Mitsoff

    The $5 million is a bonus, so that likely goes into one year’s budget unless contractually it is set to be spread over multiple years.

  6. I-71_Exile

    This is a good signing IMO–you can never have too much talent and with the new rules, the Reds aren’t going to be getting much of anything internationally in the next few years. May as well take the chance and spend some cash. There won’t be an opportunity to spend it later.

    WVRedlegs, why so crabby toward the Reds FO? I don’t know that I’ve ever seen you give them credit for anything. Their moves over the last year are playing out nicely outside of starting pitching and that was decimated by injuries. Blind squirrels aren’t this lucky. Maybe they do have some people who know what they are doing?