Cubs Dominican Area Scout Killed in Santo Domingo

Sad news at Sloan Park Saturday night as informatiion was received that long-time Cubs Dominican Republic Area Scout Carlos Reyes was struck and killed by a car in Santo Domingo on Friday. 

Reyes was one of four Cubs Dominican Area Scouts (the Cubs also have a Dominican Scouting Coordinator). He was hired by the Cubs about twelve years ago after newly-hired Scouting Director Tim Wilken significantly expanded the Cubs international scouting foot-print (the Cubs previously had one Area Scout covering all of the Dominican Republic).  

Reyes signed dozens of Dominican players over the years, including OF Eloy Jimenez, INF Arismendy Alcantara, RHP Jose Rosario, RHP Pedro Araujo, OF Jonathan Sierra, RHP Yunior Perez, INF Luis Diaz, RHP Benjamin Rodriguez, and RHP Luis Ramos.

Per statistics compiled by the World Health Organization in 2016, the Dominican Republic has the highest rate of traffic-related fatalities per 100,000 population of any country in the Americas (Belize is a distant second). Cubs minor leaguers RHP Jose Zapata and OF Kevin Encarnacion (both signed by Reyes) were almost killed (and had their playing careers effectively destroyed) after being involved in a roll-over car crash in the Dominican in January 2014, and another Cubs minor leaguer (not signed by Reyes) -- 16-year old SS Vicente King -- was killed in a motorcycle crash in the Dominican in April 2017, less than two months before he was scheduled to make his pro debut in the DSL.  

Every March the Cubs international scouts spend a week at Minor League Camp, and it's always fun to see a player signed by a particular scout walk up to the guy and give him a smile and a hug. 

That happened a lot with Carlos Reyes. 

He will be missed. 

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May he Rest in Peace.

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  • crunch 1 day 51 min ago (view)

    * all figures stated are in a range of +/- 10m

    yeah, that was me not typing info correctly.  my bad.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Bryant got $19.5M 

     

  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    bryant 9.5m, contreras 6.65m, baez 11.65m, z.davies 8.63m

    looks like happ is going to arbitration.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    RHP Edward Vasquez (2017 IFA - Dominican Republic) has retired.

    E. Vasquez was one of the top SP on DSL Cubs Red in 2019 and was expected to be a SP on one of the Cubs AZL teams in 2020 if the minor league season hadn't been canceled.

    He would have been first-time Rule 5 Draft eligible post-2021. 

     

  • K Dub 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Thanks Phil!

     

  • crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    danny hultzen retires and joins the cubs as a "pitching development assistant"

    shame the comeback story didn't last longer...but hey, at least he got to taste the bigs after his body failed him for so many years.

     

  • crunch 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    theo joining the commish's front office operation as a "consultant reguarding on field matters"...basically weighing in on the possible impact of rules changes.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    https://www.thecubreporter.com/comment/266505#comm...

     

  • K Dub 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    Yeah, to my calculation that suspension should be over by now unless he got caught again...

     

  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 16 hours ago (view)

    (Not Phil) - Last I saw, he was on the restricted list.

     

  • K Dub 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    PHIL: Did the Cubs release Saul Vazquez?

     

  • Sonicwind75 6 days 11 hours ago (view)

    The 2021 guaranteed amount is $7 + $3 million mutual option buyout. 10>8.  Most media reports summarizes it as a $10 million deal. 

     

  • CubbyBlue 6 days 12 hours ago (view)

    Thanks Eric. After I put it up I thought.. damn I'm old. I wonder if people even remember back that far. I still think about that day. Uggh. Sorry. 

     

  • Charlie 6 days 12 hours ago (view)

    I'm always confused by this. They also could have tendered him and then boosted his value by trading him with a million or two in cash considerations. Obviously, that's a million or two more expensive than simply non-tendering--but couldn't you at least get an interesting prospect in return from one of these teams? They obviosuly thought it was worth their return to toss in a few million in the Darvish trade.

     

  • tim815 6 days 13 hours ago (view)

    The 2021 amount is 7.

    The buyout is 3.

    8>7

     

  • crunch 1 week 2 hours ago (view)

    chase strumpf is quickly emerging as a "trendy" organizational hot prospect, even among non-cubs fans.  amaya is having a decent winter league showing so far...taking a lot of walks, too.