The Cincinnati Reds have acquired outfielder Stuart Fairchild for the second time in his career. Originally drafted by the Reds in the 2nd round out of Wake Forest in 2017, he was traded at the deadline in 2020 along with Josh VanMeter to Arizona for Archie Bradly. He moved to the Seattle Mariners organization in April of this season and then a month ago he was traded to San Francisco for another former Red, Alex Blandino. The Giants then designated him for assignment this past week and the Reds front office put in the claim to bring him back to the organization.
With the 40-man roster full the Reds have to clear a spot and to do so they designated pitcher James Marinan for assignment. Marinan was added to the roster in November in order to protect him from the Rule 5 draft that wound up never happening due to the long lockout. The right-handed pitcher has had a lot of struggles this season while pitching in High-A Dayton. In 10 games – 4 starts and 6 relief appearances – he’s posted a 7.71 ERA in 32.2 innings while giving up 38 hits, 10 home runs, 16 walks, and he’s struck out 33 batters. He flashes quality stuff with a fastball that’s been up to 98 MPH and secondaries that have potential, but he’s struggled to find any sort of consistency with it.
Stuart Fairchild has very limited time in the big leagues. He’s gotten into 20 games over the last two seasons but he’s only managed to get 28 plate appearances in that time. He’s 2-26 (.077) with a walk, a double, and 8 strikeouts in his big league career while playing for Arizona, San Francisco, and Seattle. In Triple-A this season he’s also had limited time, splitting action at three different affiliates. In his 19 games played in the minors this season he’s hitting .232/.377/.449 with 10 walks and 26 strikeouts in 85 plate appearances to go with 3 doubles and 4 home runs.
Fairchild has played all three outfield spots in his career and he’s still capable of handling any of them. Most of his time has come in center, but he’s got plenty of experience in the corner spots as well.