Dominican Fruition

Johnny Cueto's one-hit, 10 strikeout, no-walk effort in his debut was encouraging on its own merit. When looking at what it could mean for the greater good of the Reds, the importance is even more evident. Cueto is the first product of the Reds' academy in the Dominican Republic to make it to the big leagues. The Reds' pipeline to Latin America dried up when Marge Schott pulled out in the 1980s. The Reds made some sporadic attempts in the early 2000s to re-enter, getting players of the likes of Jose Acevedo and Ray Olmedo.

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