A decision has been made as to who will step into the rotation for the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer was the first to report that it would be T.J. Zeuch.
The 6′ 7″ right-handed pitcher has pitched in the big leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays in parts of the previous three seasons. He’s made seven starts and six relief appearances in those three seasons, covering 49.0 innings and posting a 4.59 ERA with 24 walks and 31 strikeouts.
Zeuch began the 2022 season in Triple-A with the St. Louis Cardinals organization. He didn’t make it a full two months before he was released after posting an ERA of 11.64 in five starts where he gave up 39 hits and 11 walks in 19.1 innings. A week after he was released the Reds signed him to a minor league deal. He would spend two weeks at the Reds complex in Arizona, pitching in rookie-level games before he joined Triple-A Louisville in the first week of July.
Since then he’s made five starts for the Bats and he’s posted a 3.63 ERA in 22.1 innings. In his most recent start he fanned 12 batters. That set a career high, and it wasn’t even close. Zeuch’s previous career high in strikeouts was eight and he had done that twice in his career. He’s never really been a strikeout pitcher. But outside of his handful of innings with Memphis earlier this season, he has always been a ground ball pitcher.
“I felt great (after his last start),” Zeuch said on Monday in New York. “I finally worked out some kinks in my mechanics and adjusted my focus mentally on what I’m trying to do. I think those adjustments are what led to much better outing the last time around.”
He also noted that he found out he would be making the start in New York after the Louisville game on Saturday night. He had been the probable starter for the Bats on Sunday.
Where do the new prospects fit in?
On Monday the Cincinnati Reds Top 25 Prospects List was updated. With the draft now behind us as well as the trade deadline, the Reds in particular have added a whole lot of players to the organization in the last three weeks. Electrifying shortstop Elly De La Cruz remains the Reds top prospect, but once you move beyond him at #1 there are a lot of new additions and player movement all over the place. You can check out the entire list here and see where everyone checks in at.