Cincinnati doesn't have much in common with Cuba, but the island has recently produced several Reds.
Yasmani Grandal is the latest. The Reds took Grandal with the 12th overall pick in the draft. Grandal is a switch-hitting catcher from the University of Miami, but he came to the United States from Cuba when he was 10, grew up in Miami, became a star with the Hurricanes and was a first-round pick for the Reds. That story is very similar to the Reds' 2008 top pick, first baseman Yonder Alonso.
Like Alonso, signability could be a question for Grandal. Alonso signed with minutes left before the deadline in 2008, finally signing a major-league deal.
Alonso was also born in Cuba. The Reds, of course, also have Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman pitching in Triple-A Louisville.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans