The Cincinnati Reds have designated outfielder Scott Schebler for assignment on Sunday afternoon following the final game of the Summer Series. The team needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Brooks Raley, who they added to the roster by selecting his contract. Raley, a left-handed pitcher, had been in camp on a non-roster invite.
Adding Brooks Raley to the 40-man roster doesn’t guarantee that he will make the opening day roster. It’s possible that he had an opt-out situation and this move put him in the position to remain with the organization. Of course, it could also mean that he’s making the opening day roster, too. The lefty hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2013, instead he took his talents to
South Beach Korea where he pitched for for the Lotte Giants from 2015-2019 – making 151 starts and one relief appearance. His ERA in those seasons was 3.91, 4.34, 3.80, 4.74, and 3.88 last season. You can see all of his stats here at his Baseball Reference page.
For Scott Schebler, any team will have the opportunity to pick him up on waivers if they would like to. The left-handed hitting outfielder really struggled in 2019 as he tried playing through a shoulder injury – an injury that ultimately led to his season coming to an end on August 1st and he underwent shoulder surgery on August 6th. Prior to the 2019 season, he had been an above-average big league hitter, posting a 104 OPS+ from 2015-2018 with the Dodgers and Reds. In 2017 he cracked 30 home runs in 141 games. But injuries can take a real toll on someone, and in 2019 that’s exactly what happened. Unfortunately for Schebler, other teams haven’t been able to get much of a look at him this year with a short spring, and then with intrasquad stuff being in Cincinnati where scouts can’t go. Perhaps a team will take a flier and hope the shoulder is healthy again. There’s pop, speed, and defense in there for the taking if he’s back.