Crockett seems like a solid pick-up. He turns 26 in a couple weeks. He’s a LH reliever who was the victim of a roster squeeze and a stocked major league bullpen in Cleveland. He’s appeared in 107 games for Cleveland over the past four seasons with a 3.12 FIP and 3.23 SIERA.

Crockett’s major league debut came at age 22, after rocketing through Cleveland’s minor league system. He spent almost all of last year in AAA with excellent K and BB numbers. Under team control at least through 2022.

Crockett has faced the Reds 6 times.

Chad’s going to like this move because Crockett played his college ball at the University of Virginia (also where Dick Williams went to school.). In his three years at UVA, Crockett was 12-3 with a 1.98 ERA.

More info: Crockett throws a 90 mph fast ball on 70% of his pitches and a slider most of the rest of the time. Cleveland tended to use him against LH batters. He faced 167 lefties and 110 RH batters in his 107 games. His numbers vs. LH batters are even better than his overall numbers above.

20 Responses

  1. Tom

    A good addition and keeping with the opportunistic strategy.

  2. TR

    Seems like a good move by the Reds as a replacement for Cingrani perhaps with more of an upside.

    • David

      Cingrani had a great arm and a ten cent head. Price got tired of his stubborness in not taking instruction well. He was and is a real talent. But, like some other pitchers, has a big problem between his ears.

      • Redleggingfordayz

        From everything we have heard to this point, it just sounds like Tony was not happy here. I am glad the Reds traded him and he probably is too. Cossack, if I know anything about math, those numbers add up to 0. Which pegs Cingrani for right at replacement level. Clementina is a nice lottery ticket and I don’t think the Reds needed to pay arbitration for someone who didn’t even want to be there(and was performing poorly at the time). Hopefully we can all just move on from Tony, and he can do the same.

      • The_next_Janish

        This will probably get lost in threads but there was an article about Cingrani and the Dodgers. The Dodgers changed how he used his pitch repertoire. They picked him up thinking the Reds were misusing his skill set. Not sure if it was in fangraphs. I know it’s a small sample size, but if you would project it out the Reds get a -1 and the dodgers get a 1 from him. That’s a 2 war difference, until the Reds can do that type of targeting we will just be dreaming of wildcard slots.

    • Michael E

      Why on earth is he on ANY teams 40 man roster? I continue to shake my head in disbelief.

  3. nicolecushing

    The stats tweeted out by the Reds are misleading.He has a lifetime ERA of 3.44, but last year he garnered an embarrassing ERA hovering very near 11. (Which is a good number if you’re Nigel Tufnel of Spinal Tap, but not for an ERA. It’s downright Arroyo-esque.)

    In 2016, his ERA was 5.06. He seems to have burst onto the scene with some strength in 2014, but has progressively worsened.

    Thus continues the front office’s practice of picking up turds and telling the fans they’re hot dogs.

    • Redleggingfordayz

      You do realize that all of those statistics listed after 2014 are only based off a grand total of <35 IP right? Also you need to look at his minor league numbers and peripheral statistics(Major Leagues: 65.1 IP, 3.12 FIP, 8.5k/9, 3.2BB/9, .5HR/9 Minor Leagues: 155 IP, 9.2K/9, 2.1BB/9, .4HR/9). ERA is not a great way to track pitcher success, especially when it comes to relievers. I don't think the Reds (or anyone else for that matter) even remotely tried to sell this as a superstar move, since it was, you know, a waiver wire pickup.

    • Redleggingfordayz

      Which in defense of Kyle Crockett, that bullpen had Andrew Miller, Bryan Shaw, Nick Goody, Dan Otero and Cody Allen among many others.

    • nicolecushing

      We’ll see how things shake out in the preseason. I hope I’m wrong. I’d love to see another reliable lefty arm in the bullpen. This just reminds me of all the el cheapo/ duct tape pitching fixes the team has tried over the last few years. While the wavier wire has occasionally brought some significant assets to the Reds, I’m just too burnt out on catastrophic seasons to give the front office the benefit of the doubt.

  4. nicolecushing

    Kyle Crockett WAR (per Baseball Reference): 2017: -0.1, 2016: 0.1, 2015: 0.1, 2014: 1.1


    • nicolecushing

      All good points. I remain skeptical, though. The great thing about sports is we’ll get a chance to see how this all pans out in spring training.

  5. scottya

    Looks like a really nice potential Lefty specialist. Nice minor league numbers and good mlb numbers overall.

  6. Chad Dotson

    Ouch. Poor Howard has never been able to stay healthy. But, like Crockett, he was great at Virginia.

  7. another bob from nc

    Crockett seems to be a player of some value. Why did the tribe but him on waivers rather than try to trade in for cash or the player to be named later? Did they try to trade him?

  8. Bill

    It looks like Adelman has signed a deal in Korea and will be coming off the 40 man