Cincinnati loves Dominicans, too!

5 03 2008

In perhaps the biggest act of desperation or extreme foresight, the Cincinnati Reds organization gave a 16-year old Dominican player named Juan Duran a $2 million dollar signing bonus! Here is the most interesting quote from the Baseball America article;

“I’ve never seen a 16-year-old with this type of ability. I talked to some people in the Dominican Republic who crossed paths with Vladimir Guerrero at that age, guys who have been scouting in the Dominican for more than 20 years, and they said they’ve never come into contact with a bat like this.”

From the sound of it, I am going to have to stock up on 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects because this guy sound like the real deal. This is no Joba Chamberlain hype! How in the hell did the Reds sign him, though? Don’t the Yankees & Red Sox usually have first dibs on these players?

I tried looking for a photo of Juan but failed on multiple levels. So to keep with the Dominican theme, here is Miss Dominican Republic 2005.


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9 responses

5 03 2008
chemgod

Do you think he is really 16? Just like Frucal was really 18 when he entered the majors.

5 03 2008
Wax Heaven

Probably not! I think Adrian Beltre just celebrated his 42nd birthday last week!

5 03 2008
Joe

As a Reds fan I am truly honored to see a posting of Miss Dominican Republic 2005.
Who cares how old he is as long as he make 12 All-Star appearances and brings 2 more rings to the ‘Nati. No pressure kid. No pressure

5 03 2008
Derek

I have already picked up Juan Duran in my long-term fantasy keeper league.

5 03 2008
The Infamous Tatiana

Oh, look who just got grounded.😦

5 03 2008
whatthehellme

If he has been a bad boy you should send him to your room!

5 03 2008
Wax Heaven

Ha! Joe got in trouble.

*runs away*

5 03 2008
The Infamous Tatiana

Yeah, just watch out when you get home from work today, MISTER! >:'(

6 03 2008
JBob

Finally some Reds news! my girl was stoked. i’ll best your 2010 bowman with my 2009 Score Rookies and Traded. The game’s tomorrow we already got tickets!

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