during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Target Field on July 13, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Cincinnati Reds: 5 things to know about Rosell Herrera

The newest Cincinnati Red is Rosell Herrera. 

Here are five things to know about him after his call-up Thursday to replace veteran Cliff Pennington on the team’s bench. 

1. He is a native of the Dominican Republic. 

The Rockies signed Herrera in 2009 when he was 16, and he was named Colorado’s No. 12 prospect by Baseball America a year later. 

The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder is a switch hitter who throws right-handed. 

2. He was the South Atlantic League Most Valuable Player in 2013. 

Herrera moved up to the No. 3 spot in the organization in 2013 when he hit 16 home runs and stole 21 bases while posting a .933 OPS for the Asheville Tourists (Single-A). 

After putting up modest numbers in advanced Single-A in 2014 and ’15, he had solid seasons in Double-A and Triple-A in ’16 and ’17, respectively, but never got a call up to the major leagues. 

3. The Reds signed Herrera to a minor-league contract last November and invited him to spring training. 

He was not among MLB.com's top 30 Reds prospects in the system at the start of the year but hit .267 with an .890 OPS during spring training. 

He hit two home runs, a double and a triple in 30 at-bats in Arizona. 

4. He has been Triple-A Louisville’s best offensive player so far this season. 

Herrera has played 15 games for the Bats, batting a team-high .311 with a .980 OPS. He has paced Louisville in homers (three) and triples (two) while sharing the team lead in doubles (five) and RBIs (10). 

He’s also committed three errors. 

5. He should bring some versatility. 

Herrera began his career as an infielder but added outfielder to his resume in 2015. 

This season he has played shortstop, third base, second base and all three outfield spots for Louisville. 

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