The Reds have claimed RHP Lisalverto Bonilla off waivers. He was added to the 40-man roster, claiming the last empty spot on the 40-man. Bonilla had been designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates last week.

Here are the particulars on Bonilla:

Photo: Kareem Elgazzar/Enquirer

Photo: Kareem Elgazzar/Enquirer

The 26-year-old Bonilla made his big league debut with the Rangers back in 2014 but missed the 2015 season due to Tommy John surgery. Once a fairly well-regarded prospect in the Phillies and Rangers organizations — the Rangers picked him up from Philadelphia in the trade that sent infielder Michael Young to the Phils — Bonilla spent the 2016 season working his way back to health in the Dodgers’ organization. In 111 innings split between the Double-A and Triple-A affiliates of the Dodgers, Bonilla logged a 3.97 earned run average with a 118-to-40 K/BB ratio. In his brief big league stint with Texas back in 2014, Bonilla pitched to a 3.05 ERA and a 17-to-12 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings. The Bucs had signed Bonilla to a Major League deal earlier this offseason.

Doug Gray notes that Bonilla improved markedly after being moved back into the rotation during the second half of the 2016 season. I agree with Doug’s analysis (read the entire thing) that this is an intriguing guy to keep an eye on in spring training. Certainly worth taking a flyer on.

9 Responses

  1. George Stricker Jr

    Sounds like a better prospect than either of the pitchers we received for BP. Very sad that we got very little in return for BP because he was so valuable to us and our fans for so many years.

    • Chuck_in_VA

      It’s a different business that I saw when growing up in the 60’s. It’s easier to understand when you realize that teams are no longer dealing the players, but rather the contracts. Still difficult for an Old School guy like me to accept, but these two deals make much more sense when looked at in this way.

    • Ben

      Why is that sad? Pretty predictable when the Reds were selling a depreciating asset in a limited market.

  2. georgestricker2

    Explain your problem with starting Peraza at 2B. Who would you start on the Reds instead? BP is gone. Is that your real criticism?

    • CaliforniaRed

      Totally agree. Why not have Cozart play 2B in spring? Very disappointed with this “announcement”.

  3. Tom Mitsoff

    Anyone know if he has any options left? Can he be optioned without being exposed to waivers?

  4. TR

    Unusual first name. Sounds good when you roll the R.