The Cincinnati Reds placed Wade Miley on the injured list with a neck strain this weekend. That left them in need of a starting pitcher for Monday’s make up game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. While the move hasn’t officially been made yet, the Reds have announced that left-handed starter Reiver Sanmartin will be called up and take the mound to make his Major League debut.

The Reds acquired Reiver Sanmartin in the trade that also brought them Sonny Gray in January of 2019. At the time Sanmartin has limited experience above Low-A, making  two appearances in Advanced-A and one more in Double-A. Since joining the Reds he’s pitched in Daytona, Chattanooga, and Louisville in the past two seasons.

During the 2021 season he began the year in Double-A Chattanooga and made three starts and one relief appearance. He gave up one earned run in 18.0 innings with five walks and 23 strikeouts. He was then promoted to Triple-A where he’s spent the remainder of the season. With the Louisville Bats he made 14 starts and seven relief appearances. In his 82.1 innings he posted a 3.94 ERA, giving up 80 hits, 6 home runs, walked 23, and he struck out 89 batters. You can see his entire career’s stats here, but below we’ve included what he’s done in 2021.

The Reiver Sanmartin Scouting Report

The left-handed pitcher is a fastball, slider, change up pitcher. His fastball has some sink to it and will work in the 89-92 MPH range and touch higher every so often. Both the slider and the change up work in that low-to-mid 80’s range. His repertoire is solid, but nothing really jumps off of the page at you. He’s just not “bad” in any given area. Sanmartin throws strikes with all of his pitches, he tends to mix things up well, he keeps the ball in the yard, and he gets plenty of grounders.

The ground ball rate is actually quite strong, too. His ground ball rate of 54% in Triple-A is the 5th best in the league among pitchers with at least 80 innings pitched. While the comparison isn’t perfect because Triple-A is not MLB, a 54% ground ball rate would be 4th best in the big leagues among pitchers that are qualified for the ERA title this season.

As a left-handed pitcher you would expect him to perform well against left-handed hitters and that certainly holds true. In the minors this season lefties have hit just .196/.274/.268 against him with 11 walks and 34 strikeouts in 124 plate appearances. Right-handed hitters have found a little more success, but the numbers are still in Sanmartin’s favor quite a bit. Righties have posted a .250/.300/.341 line against him in 285 plate appearances with 17 walks and 78 strikeouts.

18 Responses

  1. Mark Moore

    Good for him to get the call-up and associated MLB income/perks for a couple of weeks. Let’s see how he fares against the Pie-Rats.

    • Redsvol

      Ditto. Glad to see he gets opportunity, even if only 1 start.

  2. RedsGettingBetter

    It is an ideal game to debut against a last-place team. The only thing is that is still must-win game for the Reds.
    SanMartin probably is getting the place of Lodolo due him got injured but it would had been the #2 prospect’s chance in a regular situation

  3. KDJ

    I was just looking through the stats on ESPN . . . the Reds had 0 quality starts this year. For reference, the Dodgers and Brewers each had 70+. What do you think is the primary cause of that? Managing philosophy, pitcher durability, or what?

    • MBS

      Wade Miley threw a no no, I think ESPN is broken

      • Optimist

        Yes – ESPN is certainly broken, but that’s another discussion.

    • Optimist

      Must be a typo – wouldn’t a no-no count as a quality start?

    • PTBNL

      huh? 0???? 6 innings pitched and 3 or less earned runs allowed in a game? The Reds just had one (and many others throughout the season) today.

    • Mark Moore

      We’ve had several quality starts that I’m aware of unless they changed the metric. SP goes 6 innings or more and gives up no more than 3 ER’s. Today was a quality start by that measure.

    • Reds Fan

      The Reds have 81 quality starts thru today which ranks 15th in the majors.

  4. David

    Reiver SanMartin will likely get more than one start between now and the end of the season, unless he absolutely gets shelled, or gets hurt.
    If I were the Reds’ management (which I am not, obviously), I would think about playing a lot of the young guys the rest of the way out, at least the ones that they have on the roster.
    What do they have to learn from playing Asdrubal Cabrera or Delino Deshields?
    Play Barrero at Short Stop. Quit screwing around with him in Center field.
    Play Aquino in Center and Max in left the rest of the way.

    • Greenfield Red

      While I agree with you, there is little chance it happens. Look who’s in charge.

    • Jim t

      As it stands now with Naguin not signed for next year and Shogo a bust Barrera could be our CF next year.

    • greenmtred

      I agree with you about Cabrera. Deshields could easily be an important outfielder for them in 2022: He gets on base, has some speed, plays good defense. Friedl and Barrero are getting playing time already.

      • Chris Holbert

        They are only playing LH/RH matchups, that is not a legitimate look

  5. TR

    I like Sanmartin’s first name. Good luck, Reiver.

  6. Hotto4Votto

    Good luck Sanmartin, and congrats on a well earned call-up after a solid season.