Hendrik Clementina is an interesting prospect with some interesting power. He’s another one of those Dodger connections that are filling out the Top 20 of our prospect list. Want to know something else cool? His middle name is Jesus. Hendrik Jesus Clementina. That’s a 80-grade name.
Jose Israel Garcia, 20, SS/2B
Highest 2018 Level: A (Dayton)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: Great arm and solid defender.
Most Worrisome Fact: 19 walks against 112 strikeouts last season.
Alias(es): Say It Ain’t Jose, Cherry Garcia, Holy Land
Jose Israel Garcia was signed out of Cuba in the summer of 2017 to a $5 million bonus. 2018 was our first chance to get a look at Garcia, as he did not play in a single game after signing with the Reds in 2017. Unfortunately for Garcia, things did not get off to a great start. He hit .202/.248/.274 in the first half of the season in low-A Dayton, but bounced back in the second half. He had an overall line of .245/.290/.344 in 2018.
His biggest strengths are his arm and his athleticism. He split time at shortstop and second but saw most of his time at short. Even though he is tall at 6’3”, all reports say that he defended his position well. His biggest issues are his power and plate discipline. While he had 22 doubles on the season in 2018, he only knocked 6 dingers. The bigger issue was his plate discipline, as he struck out 112 times while only drawing 19 walks. That will obviously have to improve if he wants to continue to advance.
James Marinan, 20, RHP
Highest 2018 Level: Rookie (Billings)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: 8.2 K/9, 60 grade fastball
Most Worrisome Fact: 4.0 BB/9, 1.581 WHIP
Alias(es): Sauce, Seattle, Suriname
James Marinan came to the Reds in the 2018 ill fated deal where the Reds sent All-Star and Future Hall of Fame, Dylan Floro, to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ha. Actually, Floro was just some AAAA filler and the Reds actually got back a pretty decent and exciting prospect.
Marinan was a 4th round pick in the 2017 draft that the Dodgers threw about 800k at to keep from going to college. He was kind of a surprise his Senior year of high school when he started throwing in the mid 90’s and developed some decent breaking stuff. He had a sub 1.00 ERA in 10 innings in Rookie League Arizona before the trade. The Reds decided to send him to the Pioneer League up in Billings. It didn’t go well from the start.
One of the big knocks against Marinan is a lack of control early in his career and that plagued him soon after the trade. He was walking guys left and right and his ERA ballooned to hilarious numbers. It sure made that Floro deal look real stupid, am I right? In the end, Marinan ended up throwing a decently respectable season once he settled down. He showed that he could strike some guys out and by the end wasn’t walking near as many. Many scouts believe the Reds got a steal in that trade as Marinan throws a mid 90’s fastball with an average curve, slider, and change up. There is a believe do his athleticism, and big frame (6’5, 220 lb) that Marinan will be able to stick as a starter and will probably figure out his control issues. 2019 will be a big year for Marinan as he’ll get his feet wet in full season ball with the Dayton Dragons.
Ibandel Isabel, 23, 1B/LF
Highest 2018 Level: A+ (Daytona)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: 36 HR in 443 PA
Most Worrisome Fact: 161 K vs. 38 walks
Alias(es): Princess Isabel, Aye-Aye, BOOM
Ibandel Isabel was the freakish surprise of the 2018 season. Not only was he traded by the Dodgers, like pretty much everyone else on this list, but he was traded for one of the most volatile relievers in probably all of professional sports, Ariel Hernandez. The hilarious thing is that Ibandel Isabel might be one of the most volatile hitters in all of minor league baseball. Like Hernandez only striking batters out and walking everyone and their mother, Isabel either hits dingers real far or knocks you over with the wind of his whiffs. He’s really that simple. Dude just hits the ball hard and strikeouts. He doesn’t really have a spot on the field which limits his value, and he doesn’t take a lot of walks. But, that power, hell yeah.
Ibandel Isabel also took home the Reds Minor League Player of the Year Award. This guy is just freakish. He hit 35 home runs and struck out 36.3% of the time. I’m also going to pop some stats I just read from Doug Gray and redsminorleagues.com. Isabel hit more home runs of 400+ feet (21) than any other Reds prospect had total home runs. He also went a two month stretch where he didn’t hit a double, or any extra base hit, other than a home run. That’s like some Adam Dunn territory without the walks.
It’s really difficult to see Ibandel Isabel making it with his skill set but that power is super fun. There was a point where you just expected him to hit home runs. It was just normal. That’s fun and baseball is supposed to be fun.
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Jose Israel Garcia, SS
James Marinan, RHP
Ibandel Isabel, 1B