On Monday afternoon the Cincinnati Reds played at Salt River Fields against the Colorado Rockies. Salt River Fields is one of the few parks in the Cactus League that has the pitch tracking system turned on for the public (they’ve all got Trackman installed, but most are not turned on for public use). That gives us a taste as to what was going on more than just the bare statline. For the most part, the performance from the pitchers was strong as only one pitcher allowed any runs, while the group combined to strike out 12 batters.
One quick note before we jump into each pitchers breakdown, over the last two seasons the average swinging strike rate is 11.3%. Generally speaking a fastball is going to be lower than that, while offspeed stuff will be higher than that. Also be sure to note that in a one game sample size, this isn’t terribly useful – but I did want to include it because it’s not completely useless information, either.
The basic statline was strong as Antone threw 3.0 shutout innings with no walks and three strikeouts. Last year it was the right-handed pitcher that was turning heads in spring training at this time. He came out of nowhere throwing 96-98 MPH after throwing mostly in the low 90’s the year before. We all saw what happened once the season did finally begin. On Monday he was throwing in the 95-98 MPH range in his outing, topping out at 98.3 MPH.
Following Antone, Hoffman also tossed 3.0 shutout innings without a walk against the Rockies. He struck out four batters while giving up three hits on the day. Acquired from Colorado over the winter in the Robert Stephenson trade, Hoffman showed off against his former teammates.
There was one pitcher on the day who struggled, and it happened to be Héctor Pérez. He allowed four runs in the 7th inning of the game, allowing four hits and a walk while picking up a strikeout. He struggled throwing strikes with his fastball. His slider found the zone often, but five of the seven he threw for strikes were put in play, three went for hits, and one was a home run.
This spring has seen Cam Bedrosian make two appearances for the Reds. He’s faced seven batters. None of them have put the ball in play against him. On Monday he walked one batter and struck out the other three that he faced, adding to the first outing in which he struck out all three hitters that he saw.
The final pitcher of the day, Biddle followed what most of his teammate did and didn’t allow a run as he tossed a perfect 9th inning with a strikeout to keep his ERA at 0.00 on the spring.