The 2021 pitching campaign for Cincinnati Reds prospect Reiver Sanmartin will continue this fall/winter as he is joining Estrellas in the Dominican Winter League.
The 2021 season began for Reiver Sanmartin in Double-A Chattanooga. The lefty only spent a few weeks with the Lookouts, making three starts and one relief appearance in the Double-A South. Over his 18.0 innings he allowed just one earned run and was quickly promoted to join Triple-A Louisville. Over the final four months of the season he made 14 starts and seven relief appearances with the Bats. In his 82.1 innings with Louisville he posted a 3.94 ERA.
With Cincinnati needing someone to fill in for an injured Wade Miley for the final two starts of the year the front office added Reiver Sanmartin to the 40-man roster and called him up to fill in. The left-hander from Colombia pitched well in his debut at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates, allowing just one run in 5.2 innings while walking a batter and picking up five strikeouts. His next start came on the final day of the regular season and was also against the Pirates, but this time it took place in Pittsburgh. Sanmartin was just as good in his second go-around against the divisional opponent as he allowed a run over 6.0 innings with a walk and six strikeouts.
Right now the six teams in the Dominican Winter League are going through their “spring training” period. There are very likely going to be more Reds prospects participating in the league, but rosters are not yet official. Several prospects are in “camp” and playing for an opportunity to begin the season on the active roster. Along with Sanmartin, infielder Francisco Urbaez, and outfielders Mariel Bautista and Allen Cerda are also known to be in camp for their teams in the league. Games will begin on October 27th.