The Cincinnati Reds have announced their rotation. Sort of. Manager David Bell told the media (Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer beat his fellow beat writers to the information by a matter of seconds on twitter) that the team would go with Tyler Mahle, Reiver Sanmartin, Vladimir Gutierrez, Hunter Greene, and then Tyler Mahle after the off day. Mark Sheldon of Reds.com noted that Nick Lodolo is a candidate to start the 6th game of the season.
Of course there are only five healthy and ready to go starting pitchers remaining in big league camp, so it seems almost guaranteed that it will be Nick Lodolo that makes the start following Mahle’s second start.
Cincinnati Reds top pitching prospect Hunter Greene has officially made the team. The Reds have announced that he’ll make his Major League Baseball debut on Sunday April 10th in Atlanta.
The 22-year-old was the #2 overall draft pick in 2017 when he was just 17-years-old. At the time the Reds allowed him to both pitch and be the designated hitter for a brief period of time with the Billings Mustangs. But after the season was over, so was Greene’s career at the plate. The following year he moved up to Dayton and after a bumpy start he went on to dominate over the summer. In 11 starts from May through July he posted a 2.63 ERA with 63 walks and just 13 strikeouts in 51.1 innings. Unfortunately he wound up tearing his UCL in his pitching elbow and was shut down. He initially attempted rehab and it was going well until the last week of spring training in 2019 when he re-injured the UCL and underwent Tommy John surgery.
After missing all of the 2019 season, Greene came back to spring training in 2020 with new mechanics. But then 2020 happened and the minor league season was cancelled. The right-handed pitcher did participate at the Reds alternate site and got plenty of innings in – he’s stated that during 2020 he threw about 100 innings. Last season he got back on the mound in actual games for the first time in nearly 2.5 years. He dominated in Double-A Chattanooga, posting a 1.98 ERA in seven starts. Then he was promoted to Triple-A Louisville where he made 14 more starts and posted a 4.13 ERA.
This spring he’s looked good in his limited action, not allowing a run in either of his two appearances, walking no one, and striking out three batters in his 3.0 innings. His ability to throw strikes with all of his pitches, his new confidence in throwing his change up along with his fastball, cutter, and slider – it’s given him the opportunity to pitch in the big leagues out of the gate this year.
More Reds spring training cuts
Prior to the game this afternoon the Reds announced that TJ Friedl has been optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Cincinnati also reassigned Albert Almora Jr. and Jake Bauers to minor league camp.
Those moves put the Reds at 39 players in camp, not including Tejay Antone who is on the 60-day injured list. It does, however, include Luis Castillo, Justin Dunn, Lucas Sims, Mike Minor, Jose Barrero, and Donovan Solano – all of whom are going to begin the season on the injured list. For opening day roster purposes the Reds spring training roster is down to 33 players. In April the roster size will be 28 players, so there are five more cuts to come in the next week.