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Raisel Iglesias | Relief Pitcher

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (24) / 4/1/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 165
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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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

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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

Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area reports that the Giants will have representatives on hand to see Cuban right-handers Raicel Iglesias and Odrisamer Despaigne during their showcase in Mexico.

They'll also be looking at Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz during the showcase. The 23-year-old Iglesias could be the prize of the group, as he possesses a fastball that touches 95 and an allegedly devastating breaking ball. Once he's declared a free agent, he is free to sign with any team without effecting that squad's international bonus pool.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 07:14:00 PM

Cuban right-hander Raicel Iglesias has successfully defected from his country and is currently in Mexico.

The 23-year-old was detained on his first attempt to escape Cuba, but he was successful during his second try, which took place last month. Baseball America's Ben Badler reports that Iglesias will be exempt from international bonus pools and can sign without restrictions once MLB declares him a free agent. Iglesias logged a 1.68 ERA with 50 strikeouts and 20 walks in 53 2/3 innings this past season in Serie Nacional. The 5-foot-11, 165 pounder, who pitched for Cuba in the World Baseball Classic, can hit 92-95 mph on the gun and owns a sweeping 76-81 mph breaking ball, according to Badler.
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 03:04:00 PM

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