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Reds acquire Minor Leaguers Neal, Isabel

Club deals recently DFA'd reliever Hernandez
MLB.com @m_sheldon

MILWAUKEE -- The Reds made a trade Tuesday, sending right-handed pitcher Ariel Hernandez to the Dodgers for Minor League pitcher Zach Neal and first baseman Ibandel Isabel.

Hernandez, a promising pitcher with triple-digit velocity and a highly rated curveball, was designated for assignment Friday. He was an early cut from Spring Training after struggling with command.

MILWAUKEE -- The Reds made a trade Tuesday, sending right-handed pitcher Ariel Hernandez to the Dodgers for Minor League pitcher Zach Neal and first baseman Ibandel Isabel.

Hernandez, a promising pitcher with triple-digit velocity and a highly rated curveball, was designated for assignment Friday. He was an early cut from Spring Training after struggling with command.

Over multiple big league callups last season, the 26-year-old Hernandez had a 5.18 ERA in 19 appearances. His curveball was ranked by Baseball America as best in the organization the past two seasons.

Neal, 29, will be sent to Triple-A Louisville. He made one big league appearance for the Dodgers, on April 3, and worked one inning, allowing one earned run on two hits. He had a 3.72 ERA in two starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City. He spent parts of the 2016 and '17 seasons at the Major League level with the A's.

The 22-year-old Isabel, who will report to Class A Advanced Daytona, was batting .238 with one homer this season at Class A Rancho Cucamonga. He hit 28 homers with 87 RBIs for Rancho Cucamonga in 2017.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Cincinnati Reds, Ariel Hernandez, Zach Neal