The Cincinnati Reds have acquired right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell from the Chicago Cubs via a waiver claim. Farrell was placed on waivers earlier this week when the Cubs activated former Red Wade Miley from the 60-day injured list and needed to create a roster spot.
Luke Farrell will be coming back to Cincinnati. He pitched for the Reds in the 2017 season, posting a 2.61 ERA in nine games where he threw 10.1 innings for the club. Cincinnati designated him for assignment when the season ended the the Cubs claimed him. He’s been put on waivers multiple times since then and spent time with the Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers, and Minnesota Twins since 2017, and prior to joining the Reds in 2017 he was with the Kansas City Royals.
Farrell has pitched in parts of the last six seasons in the big leagues, posting a 4.83 ERA in his career across 67 games that have spanned 98.2 innings. He’s walked 50 batters, struck out 102, and given up 19 home runs in that stretch. You can see his career stats here.
In 2022 he’s pitched in the big leagues with the Cubs, giving up five runs in 11.0 innings over four games (4.09 ERA). Much of his time has been spent in Triple-A Iowa where he’s pitched out of both the rotation and the bullpen. In 17 games he’s posted a 5.03 ERA in 59.0 innings for the Iowa Cubs. He’s struck out 49 batters and walked 28 while giving up 10 home runs.
This season he’s pitched way better against righties than lefties. In his 21 games between Triple-A and the big leagues he’s held right-handed hitters to a .221/.323/.366 line. Left-handed hitters have hit .304/.367/.552 against him between his stops in 2022.
Cincinnati’s pitching staff has been a struggle all season as they’ve lost countless pitchers to the injured list. Picking up Farrell just gives them another option to try and get through the final three weeks of the season.