Cincinnati Reds reportedly sign another Cuban prospect

The Cincinnati Reds added infield prospect Jose Israel Garcia to their organization this week.

FanRagSports and confirmed earlier reports the team has agreed to a deal with the 19-year-old.

According to Baseball America, Garcia is 6-foot-3 with room to grow from his current 170 pounds.

He's a righthanded hitter with a long swing that gets him tied up on fastballs on the inner third, but he's adept driving pitches on the outer half to the opposite field. Garcia's limited power is mostly to the gaps, with a chance to hit 10-15 home runs in his prime once he gets stronger. He has shown solid strike-zone judgment for his age during international competition.

Garcia is the third Cuban prospect to sign with the Reds in the past year, joining 21-year-old pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez and 22-year-old shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, who is regarded as an elite defensive player, is hitting .266 with 17 RBIs and seven steals in 54 games at advanced-Single-A Daytona this season.

Gutierrez is 4-4 with a 4.44 ERA in 10 starts at Daytona.

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