Position: Left-handed Pitcher
Reynoso was signed out of the Dominican Republic in November of 2005 by the Tigers' Ramon Pena. Having signed too late to start his professional career as a 17-year old, Eduar debuted for the Tigers Dominican Summer League affiliate in June of 2006. Working primarily in relief during his first season, Reynoso saw action in nine games spanning 18 innings. He only allowed eleven hits and managed to strike out a whopping 29 opposing hitters.
In 2007, Reynoso opened plenty of eyes with an absolutely dominating repeat performance in the DSL. This time working as a starting pitcher, he appeared in thirteen games while notching one complete game shutout along the way. In 70-plus innings Reynoso allowed only 36 hits and 23 walks, while striking out a staggering 110 hitters. His nine wins against no losses were good enough for second in the league, while his 0.76 ERA and 110 strikeouts paced the Dominican circuit. With a 0.00 ERA and perfect 3-0 record, Reynoso took home the TigsTown DSL August Pitcher of the Month award, while capping his season by being named the TigsTown DSL Pitcher of the Year
Eduar has a relatively polished arsenal for someone of his young age, relying on superior command to force his stuff to play up even more. His fastball sits in the 86-89 range with some late movement when down in the zone, and he can command it with surprising ability to all four quadrants of the strike zone. He is not afraid to challenge hitters inside, though he hasn't faced enough advanced competition to determine if this pattern will hold true as he continues to advance.
Eduar also mixed in an above-average curveball with solid late bite, and he has shown feel and a willingness to throw a change-up at times. Eduar must improve the command of both off-speed pitches, though he does throw strikes with them routinely. His change-up will require significant work to remain a positive offering, and he will likely need it to continue collecting outs against right-handers at higher levels.
Given his slight frame, there is an expectation that he should gain some velocity with time and increased physical maturity. His command and willingness to challenge hitters should play well in the early parts of his stateside career, but the true test will come at higher levels. It is extremely early to try and label Reynoso with any firm prorjections, but he looks like a solid lefty prospect with the ability to be a mid-rotation starter with a little increased velocity and some progress from his change-up.
Performance Level Team W-L ERA G GS SV SO BB IP AVG R
During his brief career, Reynoso has been strong and healthy throughout both seasons, though he has not been challenged with any extensive workloads. With a likely trip stateside in 2008, his first true test will be handling the longer and more grueling American season.
Reynoso opened plenty of eyes in 2007, but the extreme enthusiasm should be tempered until he begins to exhibit signs of success once stateside. He has the raw ability and enough projection remaining to believe that he can become a legitimate pitching prospect, but there are still plenty of questions surrounding the teenager.
Expect Eduar to make his 2008 debut with the GCL Tigers, and if things go extremely well, he could follow a path similar to that of Luis Marte and Kelvin Cedano in 2007. Expect the Tigers to be relatively patient with Reynoso, making him earn his promotions and mature at a modest pace.
Mark Anderson is TigsTown's Managing Editor and feature Minor League writer. He can be reached at Mark@TigsTown.com.