The Cincinnati Reds have picked up right-handed pitcher Robert Dugger from the Tampa Bay Rays on waivers on Wednesday afternoon. With Joey Votto on the COVID injury list a spot was open on the Reds 40-man roster, so Cincinnati did not need to make a move to clear a spot for him.
The 26-year-old has spent time in both Triple-A and in the big leagues with Tampa Bay this season. From 2019-2020 he was in the big leagues at times with Miami, and in 2021 he saw action in 12 games with the Mariners at the big league level. Over his parts of four big league seasons he’s thrown 76.0 innings with a 7.22 ERA while allowing 96 hits, 15 home runs, has walked 32 batters, and picked up 55 strikeouts.
This season in Triple-A he’s posted a 3.94 ERA in five starts, throwing 16.0 innings with 13 hits allowed, walked seven batters, and he’s struck out 13 batters. You can see his career stats here.
This season he’s thrown less than 100 pitches in the big leagues, so we are dealing with a small sample size. But his fastball velocity is down compared to where it was last season. This year his sinker is averaging just 89.7 MPH after averaging 91.2 on the same pitch last year (also in a small sample size). His 4-seamer is also down a full MPH from where it was at last season in the big leagues. Interestingly, he’s thrown the sinker a lot more frequently by comparison to the 4-seamer this season in the big leagues.
To go with both of his fastballs, Robert Dugger also throws a curveball in the low 70’s, a slider in the upper 70’s, and a change up in the low 80’s. He’s had experience both starting and reliever in his professional career, making 91 starts in the minors and another 12 in the big leagues. He’s also pitched in 20 games out of the bullpen in the minor leagues and another 12 out of the big league bullpen.