- Full name Raisel Iglesias
- Born 01/04/1990 in Isla De La Juventud, Cuba
- Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 190 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- Debut 04/12/2015
Organization Prospect Rankings
The Reds hit the jackpot by signing Cuban flame-thrower Aroldis Chapman to $30 million deal in 2010 and hope to get a similar payoff from a seven-year, $27 million deal with Iglesias. He worked primarily as a reliever in Cuba's Serie Nacional in 2013, with 50 strikeouts and 20 walks in 54 innings, working primarily as a reliever. He when he also pitched for the national team. He didn't return to the mound until the 2014 Arizona Fall League, where he led all relievers in opponent average (.045). The Reds view Iglesias as a starter candidate with four pitches. He sat at 92-95 mph in the AFL, right in line with what he showed with the national team, but he impressed even more with his feel for staying a step ahead of hitters. Iglesias' plus slider is his best secondary pitch, and he varies the shape of it to turn it into a potentially plus hard curveball earlier in the count for get-ahead strikes. His changeup is more advanced than expected for a pitcher with so little starting experience, but it's too firm at times. Iglesias' arm is loose and his delivery is athletic. Like many Cuban pitchers, he'll vary his arm slot a little at times, and some scouts worry that he won't repeat his delivery enough to throw consistent strikes. While Iglesias projects as a loose-armed starter, his long layoff means the Reds likely will send him to the big league bullpen for at least a year while he builds innings. He has the stuff to be a solid setup man now, but if he can improve his command, he has the assortment to be a mid-rotation starter.