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Reds sign Jacob Constante

It appears that the Reds have dipped their toe in the international signing waters once again. Today, they signed Dominican LHP Jacob Constante for $730,000.

Constante, who turns 19 in March, is 6-foot-3, 215 pounds and threw 92-94 mph with good life on his fastball at the IPL event. He showed solid mechanics for his age and flashed a potentially above-average slider at 80-83 mph. He also threw a below-average 83-84 mph changeup that he had trouble keeping out of the dirt. Constante, who is from Santo Domingo and trained with Rudy Santin, is also already fluent in English.

The Reds haven’t had any success whatsoever in signing international left-handed pitchers. Unless you count Aroldis Chapman as a successful signing, of course.

18 thoughts on “Reds sign Jacob Constante

  1. So any guesses what they’re doing with him? Is he going to single A to start? Will he be a reliever? They’re both Hispanic lefty pitchers but the similarities between Chapman and Constante seem to stop there.

  2. @redsfanman: Obviously I have no idea. I’m guessing the organization doesn’t either until they get him in Spring Training. My guess is that he would be treated like a first round high school pitcher. Any other thoughts?

    • He came from the Rays Dominican school. I wonder why they didn’t sign him.

      The Reds haven’t had any success whatsoever in signing international left-handed pitchers. Unless you count Aroldis Chapman as a successful signing, of course.

      Nor have they had any success whatsoever in signing Dominican pitchers. Unless you count Johnny Cueto as a successful signing, of course.

  3. Throwing 92-94 mph at 19 years old is impressive. But pitching is a lot like real estate, it is all about location, location, location. As we have seen with Nick Masset. You can throw 95 mph, but when the ball is belt high and out over the middle of the plate, MLB hitters will crush you.

  4. I guess I’m not as enthusiastic about Constante as I am some other guys – only moderate velocity at 92-94mph and he might have to sacrifice some of it to develop decent control, so I doubt he’ll be a power guy. Or a control guy. I don’t know what Constante is, except a guy who seems pretty irrelevant.

    • I guess I’m not as enthusiastic about Constante as I am some other guys – only moderate velocity at 92-94mph and he might have to sacrifice some of it to develop decent control, so I doubt he’ll be a power guy.Or a control guy.I don’t know what Constante is, except a guy who seems pretty irrelevant.

      19 year old lefties who can throw 92-94 with life just grow on trees, after all. So, yeah, irrelevant.

      • 19 year old lefties who can throw 92-94 with life just grow on trees, after all.So, yeah, irrelevant.

        19 year old lefties with control problems who can only reach the low 90’s, not many of them get very far. Being left or right handed is irrelevant if you can’t throw strikes. He seems more like a total question mark than a safe investment.

    • Whoa, gentlemen. Who said he has control issues? I didn’t, nor did the article I sited. I hate to call you out, but you’re making stuff up.

      Also, last I heard 94 is not fluff. Lefties don’t typically throw 92-94. And he sits there. (side note: Cueto sits between 92-94 as well.) There is little out there on him so there is not enough to know if he has control of his fastball or not. The article specifically says he doesn’t have control of his Changeup. He kept throwing it in the dirt. And having a live fastball is a good thing. You can have pinpoint location or throw it 106 MPH, throwing it straight is never good. The scouts think he’s a lot like Andy Pettitte. That seems rather relevant to me.

      @redsfanman: I’m thinking you just like to be a contrarian poster.

  5. @battlerabbit: Exactly! LHP, 92-94 mph on the fastball, has some control issues but he’s 19! There is a strong chance that he will pick up a couple ticks of velocity as he matures. His control may also get sorted out some. I also like that he’s fluent in English.

    I’d expect to see him play some Rookie ball but there’s a chance he’ll start the season at Dayton I imagine.

  6. All we know is that the guy is “19,” which could mean any whole number greater than 19. I don’t see much downside.

    I’ll be in Goodyear to find out.

  7. @LWBlogger: I think they’re pretty darn careful about age these days, especially when lots of scouts see a guy pitch and a team offers at $730,000 signing bonus.

    Is Constante even going to Goodyear?

  8. This guy is the LH reliever WJ has been searching for. He won’t have to be added to the 40-man roster until near the end of spring training. The LOOGY spot has been filled.

    Just kidding. Know nothing about Constante. But if he is like TC says and alot like Andy Pettitte, that means alot. Pettitte has really not had any control issues and for most of his career has kept the ball down low when pitching. Could be another youngster to add to the list of promising rising arms in the organization, Cingrani, Stephenson, Traveiossi, Corcino, Smith, Renkin, Lotzkar, Villareal, and now Constante.
    Where are those sun glasses? The pitching future of the Reds sure is looking bright.

  9. @redsfanman: Mistakes still happen as far as age. He’s probably really 19 but you never know… Yes, I think he will be at Goodyear but in Minor League camp.

  10. @TC: I took the info about his change to be some control issues but I see your point. Although, I would doubt at 19 he’s pin-point. Yes, 92-94 for a LHP, especially a 19-year old one is very impressive. His youth makes it possible that his velocity may even increase. That was my point. This guy is the equivalent of a 1st-round pick out of HS. Very nice signing for the Reds if you ask me.

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