Sunday marked an important day on the MLB's offseason calendar as the international signing period officially opened. Teams all around baseball took advantage of this phase, signing a number of the top international free agents to contracts.
This includes the Cincinnati Reds, who were able to land a top-five prospect during the action.
Cincinnati agreed to terms with No. 4-ranked Alfredo Duno, a 17-year-old catcher hailing from Miranda, Venezuela.
Catcher is certainly a position of need for the franchise as Cincinnati only retains two catching prospects in their list of top 30. It's the second straight year of success in the international pool. Last year, Cincinnati booked terms with Venezuelan shortstop Ricardo Cabrera, who ranked top-five overall.
Signing such young talent is a bit of a gamble, but one that has paid off for the Reds in the past. Cincinnati inked Hall of Famer Tony Perez back in 1960.
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