Report: Cincinnati Reds among favorites to sign top Cuban prospect

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Report: Cincinnati Reds among favorites to sign top Cuban prospect

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COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 24: Hall of Famer Tony Perez is introduced at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 24, 2016 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Reds have a long history of success signing Cuban baseball players.

Could another be on the way?

MLB.com included the Reds among five favorites to land Luis Robert, a 19-year-old five-tool outfielder who is the site’s top-rated international prospect.

Also expected to be contenders for Robert are the Astros, White Sox, Padres and Cardinals. The A’s could be in the mix, too.

The Reds have already signed two Cubans in the past year. Right-handed pitcher Vladimir Rodriguez is the No. 6 international prospect while shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez is No. 8. 

They are both with the Advanced Single-A Daytona Tortugas this season.

The Reds connections to Cuba go back many years, including seven seasons in the 1950s when they had a Triple-A affiliate in Havana – the Sugar Kings.

Well-known Reds from Cuba include Dolf Luque, Tony Perez, Leo Cardenas and Aroldis Chapman along with current Reds reliever Raisel Iglesias.

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