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Southpaw Jacob Constante is an intriguing prospect that Cincinnati signed with an international free agent contract his past offseason. He has good form and a fastball approaching the mid-90's and has been effective thus far in his debut in the Dominican League.

The DSL Reds took a six-run lead and held on for a 9-5 home win over the DSL Twins. Derek Capitillo scored the first run of the game in the second inning by walking and later crossing the plate on a groundout. In the fourth inning he plated Raynar Guerrero, who led off with a double, by grounding into a fielder's choice and later crossed again an a Diohanky Mejia single. The Reds blew the game open with a five-run rally the next inning that included a couple of walks, two singles, and two errors by the Twins. Henderson Peralta added on in the eighth with a run-scoring triple.

Peralta finished with three of the Reds' nine hits and drove in three. Guerrero added two hits and scored three times. Capitillo drew three walks and Ery Bernabel also reached three times with a hit and two walks. Mejia finished with a hit, a walk, and an RBI. On the mound Jacob Constante made the fourth appearance of his professional career and held the Twins to one run on three hits in four innings. Damien Taveras relieved him and allowed three runs (two earned) in two-plus innings, but his timing was good for the win. Eury Cantalizo tossed a scoreless ninth.

The win improved the Reds record to 12-9 which is currently good enough for second place in the BC Baseball standing of the Dominican League, a game and a half behind the DSL White Sox. The DSL Reds will resume their schedule Friday when they travel to take on the DSL Diamondbacks.

Caribbean pitching talent is very present in the Reds organization, from Johnny Cueto and Aroldis Chapman holding prominent roles with the parent team to Daniel Corcino and Ismael Guillon moving up the team's list of top prospects last season. Cincinnati has not stopped mining for talent and this past offseason signed southpaw Constante, who has since turned nineteen, for $730,000.

The deal came soon after he impressed in an International Prospect League all-star game with solid mechanics with his big, 6'3"/215# frame. He added a couple of mph to a lively fastball that threatened mid-90's and mixed in a good slider that he threw in the low 80's. He's alos working on a changeup that he had trouble keeping out of the dirt.

A big, strong teenager with that kind of velocity is always something for an MLB team to get excited about. However, as young as he is, with the way baseball talent is scouted in the Dominican Republic it's a little surprising that he was not signed earlier. Perhaps the Reds either overlooked something that made other teams reluctant or found someone who had fallen through the cracks. Thus far Constante is making it look more like the latter instead of the former by keeping a 1.54 ERA/1.03 WHIP and a 15/2 K/BB ratio over almost twelve innings.

It will be interesting to watch this young man develop and given his age he might be a candidate to make a jump stateside in the near future. Also, somewhere in Cincinnati organization is Jonathan Perez, a 6'5" Venezuelan right-hander whom the Reds signed for $825,000 back in 2011 when he was still sixteen. He has yet to make an appearance as a professional.

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The Reds short series at Oakland turned out to be a tough one, losing both games after Wednesday's 5-0 loss to the A's. Their offense totaled only two hits and two walks in the game. Homer Bailey allowed a three-run homer and took the loss by giving up four runs on six hits in six innings.

Louisville scored a run in their last at-bat to win 8-7 over visiting Charlotte. Things were looking good early for the Bats when they opened the game with a four run rally in the first inning after six of their first seven batters reached safely including RBI singles from Felix Perez, Josh Fellhauer, Denis Phipps, and Nevin Ashley. The added on when Billy Hamilton led off the second with a home run and Mike Hessman led off the third with a double before eventually scoring on a sac fly. Ashley scored the winning run when he led off the eighth with a double and scored on an infield hit by Hamilton. Ashley had three hits in the game to raise his average to .315. Hamilton had two hits and a walk while Emmanuel Burris and Fellhaur also added a couple of hits each. Hessman reached with a hit and a walk and scored twice. Greg Reynolds got the start and no decision after allowing five runs off seven hits in seven innings and striking out six without a walk. Lee Hyde entered in the eighth and finished the inning for the win. Jose Arredondo tossed a scoreless ninth for the save.

Pensacola allowed four runs in both the sixth and seventh innings in an 8-3 home loss to Mississippi. The Wahoos took the lead when Travis Mattair homered to lead off the fourth. A Ryan LaMarre triple followed by a Brodie Greene single in the seventh provided the final score. LaMarre and Greene were the only two fish to reach safely twice with a hit and a walk apiece. Ryan Dennick made the start and opened well enough with five scoreless innings. He got in trouble in the sixth and was lifted in the seventh before taking the loss from allowing four runs on eight hits.

Bakersfield allowed five runs in the eighth inning in their 11-7 loss to visiting Lancaster. Jon Moscot took the loss allowing three runs on four hits in six innings. Giving up three solo home runs dropped his record to 1-11. Ryan Wright had two hits, a walk, and four RBI including a three-run homer tacked on in the final inning. Juan Perez, Joe Terry, and Yovan Gonzalez added two hits apiece while Steve Selsky reached from a hit and a walk.

Dayton was shutout 4-0 at West Michigan. Zach Vincej finished with three of the Dragons' six hits. Starter Jackson Stephens took the loss by allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits in five innings.

Billings had their home game against Helena postponed with a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning.

The AZL Reds allowed two runs in the seventh inning in their 6-5 loss at the AZL Dodgers. All of their runs came in a third inning rally that included a three-run double by Logan Uxa. Cory Thompson and Alberti Chavez had two hits apiece with Thompson also reaching via a walk. Jeremy Kivel tossed the first three innings and allowed four runs (three earned) without a decision. Tyler Mahle and Ty Boyles combined for three scoreless innings of relief before Soid Marquez allowed the game-winner for the loss.

The DSL Rojos were shut out in a 2-0 loss at the DSL Cardinals. Daniel Jimenez had two of the four Rojo hits. Wendolyn Bautista allowed only one run on one hit and four walks in six innings, but it was enough to pin the loss on him.

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