The Reds have signed 20-year-old Cuban outfielder Reydel Medina for $400,000.
Medina played for the Cuban youth national team at the 16U World Championship in Taiwan in 2009, a tournament that also included Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor and Red Sox shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin. Media performed well at the tournament, hitting .444/.516/.852 over seven games, going 12-for-27 with a homer, two triples, four doubles, four walks and three strikeouts. He ranked second on the Cuban team in slugging and OPS, behind only Guillermo Aviles.
At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Medina runs above-average times in the 60-yard dash. He’s a lefthanded hitter with a quick bat and projectable power, although there are concerns among some scouts about his crudeness at the plate despite his performance at the World Championship. Given how little time is left in the 2013 season, Medina might not make his debut until next year, at which point he’ll probably start in one of the lower levels of the system, perhaps low Class A Dayton.
Medina trained in the Dominican Republic with Aldo Marrero and also participated in the Dominican Prospect League. Medina, like several recent players who have left Cuba, has claimed residency in Haiti.
Since Medina is under 23 and does not have at least three years of professional experience in Cuba, his bonus will count against Cincinnati’s international bonus pool for the 2013-14 signing period. With a $1,862,100 pool, the Reds have the second-smallest pool in baseball, ahead of only the Nationals.