The Cincinnati Reds made it official just now, calling up right-handed starting pitcher Riley O’Brien. We knew this part of the transaction was going to be coming because the Reds had already named him as tonight’s probable starting pitcher. The other side of the transaction didn’t come as much of a surprise, either, though. Left-handed reliever Cionel Pérez was optioned back to Triple-A Louisville.
As for Riley O’Brien, we covered a lot of what you can expect to see from him yesterday. Tonight will be his Major League debut, so who knows how the nerves will play into it, and you almost always do wonder just how the stuff and execution of it will play making the jump from Triple-A to the big leagues. This season while pitching for Louisville he threw 112.2 innings with a 4.55 ERA, 93 hits allowed, 16 home runs, 55 walks, 10 hit batters, and he struck out 121. He’s in his first season with the organization after being acquired last August in the trade with Tampa Bay for Cody Reed.
As for Cionel Pérez, he’ll head back to Triple-A after making two perfect appearances this past week for the Reds, throwing an inning each against the Nationals and Pirates in victories. He also picked up three strikeouts between those two outings.