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Top 30 Reds Prospects: No 29

The Reds have aggresively gone after foreign talent and they made a splash in 2008 by utilizing a loophole to sign sixteen year old Juan Duran with a $2M bonus. Since then he's had mostly lackluster results on the field in the lower minor league levels. Now ready for his sixth professional season, he's still only 21 and the Reds are hopeful he'll take the next step in his development.

With the challenges of small market teams competing against larger payrolls there is a need for them to be more creative when investing money and it's no secret that the Reds have made a decision aggressively go after foreign talent. They made a splash in 2008 when they signed Juan Duran out of the Dominican Republic. At that time there was a lot of competition for his services, but the Reds... Recommended Stories

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