Earlier this afternoon the Cincinnati Reds announced two different roster moves. The first was that the San Francisco Giants have claimed left-handed pitcher Wandy Peralta on waivers. The second move was that the team had activated catcher Juan Graterol from the concussion list.
For Wandy Peralta, this will end his tenure with the only organization that he’s ever been with. He signed with the organization as an amateur free agent in August of 2009. The Dominican Republic native worked his way through the farm system over the next seven seasons before making his Major League debut in September of 2016. He struggled in his debut season, posting a 8.59 ERA in 7.1 innings with more walks than strikeouts.
It was the 2017 season where Peralta put together what turned out to be his only good season. He threw 64.2 innings with a 3.76 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. His walk rate was the lowest of his Major League career, and his strikeout rate was also the best of his Major League career. The next season his walk rate nearly doubled, and his strikeout rate dropped big time as he had 31 walks and 31 strikeouts in 45.1 innings with a 5.36 ERA. This season his ERA jumped up to 6.09 as he allowed 10 home runs in 34.0 innings, walked 15 batters, and struck out just 27.
Juan Graterol was called up in mid-July from Triple-A when the Reds had sent three catchers to the injured list. A week later it was Graterol who found himself injured and unable to play. He suffered a concussion on July 24th and has spent the last six weeks on the concussion list as he recovered. In his limited action with the Reds he went 3-17 (.176) with no walks or extra-base hits. Grateol gives the Cincinnati Reds three catchers in September to work with.
Reds need to purge more pitchers that aren’t getting it done ! Hopefully Wandy is just the start
D’oh! Thanks for the correction, BK. Going to edit the post now!
Kyle Farmer is overlooked and underrated. He could be a regular at second base, and a decent number two catcher. Shame on the Reds if they do not lock his talent up.
Greg Lorenzen is likely as good of a hitter as he is a pitcher. Play him in center or as the fourth outfielder, but get a bat in his hand.