The Baseball Scouts Database is really cool

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That Bo Jackson scouting report from earlier today, I am informed by Larry Granillo, is from the Baseball Scouts Database at the Hall of Fame website. Which is really cool. It has a searchable database for scouting reports on any number of players. I just randomly looked up Randy Johnson’s first archived scouting report from 1985, when he was in instructional league:

“I can’t believe they haven’t ironed him out mechanically. Herky-jerky, stiff front leg and therefore erratic … he has above average velocity but nothing else …”

Well, he did look raw early. That I’ll grant.

Lenny Dykstra? “Excellent makeup.

Well then.

Reds, Raisel Iglesias agree to three-year contract

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The Reds announced on Wednesday that the club and pitcher Raisel Iglesias agreed to a three-year contract. Iglesias had been on a seven-year, $27 million contract signed in June 2014 and had two years with $10 million remaining. According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the new contract is worth $24.125 million, so it’s a hefty pay raise for Iglesias.

Iglesias, who turns 29 years old in January, has gotten better every season pitching out of the Reds’ bullpen. In 2018, he posted a 2.38 ERA with 30 saves and an 80/25 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. Over his four-year career, the right-hander has 64 saves with a 2.97 ERA and a 359/106 K/BB ratio in 321 2/3 innings.

Iglesias gets little fanfare pitching for the Reds, fifth-place finishers in each of his four years, but he is certainly among baseball’s better relievers. Signing him to a new three-year deal gives them some certainty at the back of the bullpen in the near future.

There was a bit of confusion regarding his previous contract, which allowed him to opt out and file for arbitration if eligible. Iglesias has three years and 154 days of service time, so his new contract essentially covers his arbitration-eligible years.