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Raisel Iglesias | Starting Pitcher

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/4/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Reds optioned RHP Raisel Iglesias to Triple-A Louisville.
In his short time with the Reds this season, he allowed three runs in five innings. Iglesias does have a live arm and could see time later this season, but for now he'll work on refining his game in the minors. Apr 13 - 3:40 PM

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Raisel Iglesias was hit hard in Friday's Cactus League loss to the Brewers, giving up six runs (three earned) on five hits over his four frames.

Iglesias punched out four on the evening while walking two. The Brewers jumped on him for three runs right out of the gate, with Scooter Gennett and Jonathan Lucroy each blasting homers in the first inning. Even with the rough outing, Iglesias still owns a respectable 3.68 ERA on the spring with a 14/5 K/BB ratio in 14 2/3 innings. While he carries a good deal of risk, he's an interesting high-upside gamble in the later rounds of mixed league drafts.
Mar 28 - 1:09 AM

Raisel Iglesias surrendered three runs in three innings in Saturday's start facing the Athletics.

Iglesias got two quick outs in the first inning, then allowed back-to-back singles to Ben Zobrist and Billy Butler which was promptly followed up with a Brett Lawrie three-run home run. Outside of the Lawrie mistake, Iglesias was solid, giving up five hits with no walks and four strikeouts. He's had a pretty good spring and will look to continue it in the regular season, now with a secured spot in the starting rotation.
Mar 21 - 6:59 PM

Raisel Iglesias has secured a spot in the Reds' starting rotation.

Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, Anthony DeSclafani, and Jason Marquis will round out the rotation, at least until Homer Bailey is ready. Meanwhile, Paul Maholm has been told that he's competing for a bullpen spot. Iglesias has tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings this spring to go along with a 6/3 K/BB ratio and suddenly looks like an intriguing flier in deeper fantasy formats.
Mar 18 - 11:31 AM

Raisel Iglesias fired 2 2/3 scoreless innings in Monday's 10-4 win over the Giants.

Iglesias is now being stretched out to start. He's had a great first half of spring training, holding the opposition scoreless on four hits and three walks while striking out six in 7 2/3 innings. With Iglesias now competing for a spot in the rotation, Tony Cingrani has been moved into the bullpen.
Mar 16 - 8:06 PM

Raisel Iglesias is being stretched out to start.

And left-hander Tony Cingrani has officially been shifted to the bullpen. Iglesias worked primarily as a reliever in Cuba, but the Reds think his arsenal will play well in a major league rotation. The 24-year-old right-hander is suddenly looking like a potential fantasy sleeper.
Mar 16 - 12:45 PM

Raisel Iglesias, making his spring training debut, surrendered two unearned runs in a loss against the Indians on Wednesday.

Iglesias allowed a single, walked two, and uncorked two wild pitches. He was also hurt by a fielding error from third baseman Neftali Soto. That's obviously not the first impression Iglesias wanted to make, but he'll have plenty of time to right the ship. The Reds like his arsenal and see him as a starting pitcher though he was used mostly as a reliever in Cuba.
Mar 4 - 5:45 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price said Saturday that Raisel Iglesias' repertoire "spells out starting pitcher."

"Four pitches with command — that spells out starting pitcher, especially when it's plus-stuff across the board," Price said. "He was 93-97, so the velocity is there. The action on his fastball is there, much better changeup than I anticipated seeing and two quality breaking balls and a good feel." Scouts praised Iglesias' Arizona Fall League performance and the Reds have talked the Cuban defector up often this offseason. He'll be an interesting guy to watch this spring as the club decides whether to use him as a starter or reliever.
Feb 8 - 10:40 AM

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Thursday of Raisel Iglesias that the club is "going to keep him as reliever right now."

Iglesias was a reliever in Cuba, but the Reds said when they signed him to a seven-year, $27 million contract in June that they thought he could start. However, he's pitching in relief in the Arizona Fall League and that's the role he'll stay in for the time being. It's possible he could be stretched out in spring training. Iglesias will not pitch in winter ball in Puerto Rico as originally planned, as Jocketty said the club wasn't "satisfied that we'd be able to control things."
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 11:46:00 AM

Reds optioned RHP Raisel Iglesias to the Gulf Coast League Reds.

A Cuban defector, Iglesias was signed to a seven-year, $27 million contract back in June and is now finally ready to join an affiliated club. The 24-year-old should move up the organizational ladder quickly and the Reds also plan to have him pitch in the Arizona Fall League. He could make an impact in the majors at some point next season.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 08:58:00 AM

Reds signed RHP Raisel Iglesias to a seven-year, $27 million contract.

He also gets a $5 million signing bonus. It's a major league deal, but Iglesias won't report to the major league club this year. He's living in Mexico right now and the Reds are hoping he'll be able to pitch in the Arizona Fall League. Iglesias was a reliever in Cuba, but the Reds think the 24-year-old can start. The right-hander held a 1.68 ERA with 50 strikeouts across 53 2/3 innings in 2013 in Serie Nacional.
Fri, Jun 27, 2014 04:18:00 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Reds are "close" to signing Cuban reliever Raicel Iglesias.

It confirms a report over the weekend from Call to the Pen's Max Wildstein that a deal was close. Wildstein reported at the time that Iglesias was expected to receive a 5-6 year contract worth a total of $15 million. The Cuban defector held a 1.68 ERA with 50 strikeouts across 53 2/3 innings in 2013 in Serie Nacional and could be in the majors in short order.
Fri, Jun 20, 2014 03:55:00 PM

Ben Badler of Baseball America was told by a Reds official Monday that the team does not have a deal in place with Cuban right-hander Raicel Iglesias.

The Reds are interested, but Iglesias remains a free agent for now. The 24-year-old relief prospect defected from his native Cuba last November after posting a 1.68 ERA with 50 strikeouts across 53 2/3 innings in 2013 in Serie Nacional. He hits 92-95 mph with his fastball and reports say he possesses a filthy breaking pitch.
Mon, Jun 16, 2014 11:30:00 AM

According to Max Wildstein of Call to the Pen, Cuban right-hander Raicel Iglesias is nearing a deal with the Reds worth $15 million over five or six years.

The 24-year-old is projected to work out of the bullpen at the big league level, where he'll join fellow countryman Aroldis Chapman. He'll surely need some seasoning in the minor leagues but could be able to help the Reds this season.
Sun, Jun 15, 2014 11:50:00 PM

Cuban right-hander Raicel Iglesias will have a showcase for major league teams in Haiti on Friday.

The New York Post's Joel Sherman says that many teams will attend the workout, as Iglesias is viewed by some as a reliever who could potentially help in the majors this season. The 24-year-old logged a 1.68 ERA with 50 strikeouts and 20 walks in 53 2/3 innings this past season in Serie Nacional.
Thu, May 29, 2014 09:58:00 PM

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