The Cincinnati Reds are signing right-handed pitcher Connor Overton according to Robert Murray of Fansided. The deal is a minor league one with an invitation to spring training.
Cincinnati is looking to add some pitching depth and they’ll get that with Connor Overton. In the 2021 season he saw action in both Triple-A and the big leagues with both the Toronto Blue Jays and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations. He threw 15.1 innings in the big leagues with a 4.70 ERA. In Triple-A he threw 58.2 innings with a 1.99 ERA while giving up just three home runs, walking just 11, and striking out 52 batters. You can see his career stats here.
The now 28-year-old Overton has only pitched in the big leagues during one season in his career and it was this past season. After not pitching in 2020 – at least at the big league level (there was no minor league season) – he reached Triple-A for the first time. Twice in his career he was released and pitched independent league baseball – once in 2016 and once again in 2019. Most of his time on the mound has come as a reliever where he’s made 89 of his 98 appearances in the minors. He did start three games in the big leagues in 2021, but those starts lasted 3.0, 2.2, and 1.0 innings. Strange enough, three of his final four appearances in 2021 came against the Reds.
Overton throws everything, including the kitchen sink. He’s got a 4-seam fastball, a 2-seam fastball, a cutter, a change up, a slider, and a curveball. He doesn’t throw hard – averaging 92.4 MPH on his fastball in his limited big league action. His batted ball profile could be worth keeping an eye on. In the small sample size that was his 15.1 big league innings he was a big fly ball pitcher. But in his time in Triple-A his ground ball rates were a bit above-average. Throughout much of his minor league career, though, he has been a fly ball pitcher – just not to the same extent as his big league time in 2021.