A week ago the Cincinnati Reds outrighted four players from the 40-man roster. Outfielders Travis Jankowski, corner infielder Matt Davidson, and relievers Jesse Biddle and Matt Bowman were all sent to Triple-A Louisville. As of today only Jankowski remains in the organization as Davidson, Biddle, and Bowman have all elected free agency.
Matt Davidson had some highs in his time with Cincinnati. The Reds power hitting corner infielder was mostly used as a pinch hitter and designated hitter during the year, and barely saw action against any right-handed pitching. But there was a stretch where he was doing damage against left-handed pitchers in the league. After not playing for 10 days, he came to the plate with the bases loaded in St. Louis with Cincinnati trailing 2-0 in the 6th inning, pinch hitting for Josh VanMeter. Davidson took Tyler Webb deep on his first swing and his grand slam wound up being the difference in a 4-2 win.
Things went south for Matt Davidson after that. He had one hit in his final 25 plate appearances. His OPS went from 1.110 on August 21st after that grand slam and dropped to . 629 by the time the season was over for him – which was on September 8th when he was designated for assignment. He cleared waivers and was outrighted to the alternated site at Prasco Park in Mason. That’s where he remained until the postseason, when he was added to the playoff roster for the series against the Atlanta Braves. While he would appear in the game as a pinch hitter in the 7th inning, he never completed the plate appearance as a caught stealing ended the inning and took him out of the game.
For relievers Jesse Biddle and Matt Bowman, the 2020 season at the big league level was just a blip on the radar. Biddle began the year on the alternate roster at Prasco Park and wasn’t recalled to Cincinnati until a month into the year. He pitched in one game before injuring his shoulder and being placed on the 10-day injured list. He never returned from the injury. For Bowman, he didn’t even get that much. The right-handed reliever was injured during spring training 2.0 and eventually underwent Tommy John surgery in September. He did not appear in the Major Leagues during the 2020 season.