The Cincinnati Reds picked up a new prospect today, acquiring infielder Luis Chevalier from the Seattle Mariners to complete their trade from April that saw right-handed pitcher Riley O’Brien head to the pacific northwest. O’Brien has only appeared in one game with the Mariners, making another 10 appearances for their Triple-A affiliate in Tacoma where he’s posted a 2.70 ERA in 10.0 innings with 11 walks and 14 strikeouts.
Luis Chevalier is a 20-year-old infielder who played in 2019 with the Dominican Summer League Mariners and in 2021 with the Arizona Complex League Mariners. He has not yet played this season – presumably he has been in extended spring training with Seattle while awaiting for the rookie league season to begin (which it does on Monday).
The numbers for Luis Chevalier don’t look good. In 11 games as a 17-year-old in the Dominican Summer League he hit just .139/.279/.167. Small sample size there doesn’t leave one worried about much of anything. But in 2021 he played in 47 games with the Arizona Complex League Mariners and hit .221/.345/.329. He struck out 35 times and walked 25 times, showing he seemed to have some understanding of the strikezone. The switch-hitter did struggle to do much hitting, though. As a left-handed hitter he managed a .200/.346/.300 line. He didn’t get much time as a right-handed hitter, but in his 31 plate appearances from the right side last season he hit .310/.355/.448.
During his playing career he’s spent time at second base, shortstop, and left field. Most of his time has come at second base, where he’s started 33 games. He’s also started 14 games at shortstop and had seven starts in left field – all coming in the 2021 campaign out in Arizona.
Originally signed for $180,000 out of the Dominican Republic, Ben Badler of Baseball America reported that he had good athleticism and plus speed, but that those things stood out more than his bat did at the time.