From BR Bullpen
Raisel Iglesias Travieso
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 165 lb.
 Biographical Information
Raisel Iglesias, whose first name is also sometimes spelled "Raicel", debuted for the Pineros de Isla de la Juventud in 2011-2012, going 1-1 with two saves and a 3.29 ERA, with poor control (54 BB in 76 2/3 IP). He was one of the younger members of the Cuban national team for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
He defected to Haiti in the fall of 2013, establishing residency there. He petitioned Major League Baseball to be recognized as an international free agent and began working out for major league teams soon thereafter. On June 27, 2014, he signed a seven-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds for a total of $27 million, with a $5 million signing bonus. The Reds were impressed by the fact he could throw four pitches of solid quality.