The Cincinnati Reds have claimed outfielder Gabriel Guerrero off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks, FanRag Sports learned on Monday afternoon. The Dominican-born outfielder has yet to appear in a regular season big league game while he may now receive the chance to do so for the struggling Reds.
According to MLB.com, Guerrero was ranked as the Diamondbacks’ No. 10 overall prospect and No. 4 outfield prospect.
The soon-to-be 23-year-old stands at 6-3 while weighing 215 pounds. Upon arriving in Cincinnati, he will be joining an outfield already comprised of Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler. The Reds also have the likes of Jose Peraza, Steve Selsky and Arismendy Alcantara on their current roster, which may hinder the up-and-comer’s attempt at making the club’s big league roster.
Last season, Guerrero split the campaign between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno in what would become his final stint as a member of the Diamondbacks’ organization. Over the course of 126 minor league appearances in 2016, he batted just .234 with nine home runs and 54 RBI alongside an underwhelming .281 on-base percentage.
Over the course of his professional career, which began back in 2011, Guerrero has made a total of 633 appearances. During that time, he has batted .269 with 54 home runs and 333 RBI to accompany his .310 on-base percentage. Despite failing to reach the big league level at this point in his career, he has appeared at every minor league level from the rookie-ball ranks all the way up through Triple-A.
He is also notably the nephew of heralded outfielder Vladimir Guerrero.