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Reds: Cuban RHP Iglesias in town


Iglesias speaks
RHP Raisel Iglesias, who was signed to a 7-year contract by the Reds on June 27, will talk to the media in the Reds’ dugout at 2:30 p.m., along with VP of Scouting, Player Development and International Operations Bill Bavasi.

(Photo courtesy Reds)

From June 27: 
Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty:
 "He's a tremendous athlete, a converted shortstop. He throws 94-96 with two quality breaking pitches, a curveball and power slider, and has the makings of a quality changeup," Jocketty said. "He has four quality pitches, and our scouts feel he can be a starter and be a starter very soon. What we've tried to develop here is pitching and defense. The more pitching we can acquire, the deeper we can get, the more flexibility it gives us going forward."
           Jocketty added, "It was a great organizational effort to get this done, and we're very excited about it. The decision was based on the evaluation of our scouts, the same group of guys who went to see (Aroldis) Chapman. I guarantee you we saw him pitch more than any other club. I have tremendous respect and appreciation for the evaluation of our scouts. They're hard-working and very diligent."
           Iglesias pitched for Isla de la Juventud in Cuba's National Series for 3 seasons and compiled an 8-12 record and 3.47 ERA over 5 starts and 83 relief appearances (223ip, 202h, 115bb, 169k, 11hr).

FUKUOKA, JAPAN - MARCH 06: Pitcher Raciel Iglesias #28 of Cuba pitches during the World Baseball Classic First Round Group A game between Japan and Cuba at Fukuoka Yahoo! Japan Dome on March 6, 2013 in Fukuoka, Japan. (Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)

From June 27

Walt on Iglesias:

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