The crew at MLB Pipeline put together an All-Rookie team for the 2022 season and the Cincinnati Reds pitching staff was well represented. Two Reds pitchers made the 1st team and two more made the 2nd team.
Nick Lodolo and Alexis Diaz were named to the 1st team. Lodolo was one of the five starting pitchers named to the team. The left-handed starter threw 103.1 innings with a 3.66 ERA (122 ERA+). In his 19 starts he allowed just 90 hits, walked 39 batters (though he did lead the league with 19 hit batters), and he struck out 131. Lodolo finished 5th among starters in fWAR this season behind Spencer Strider, George Kirby, Reid Detmers, and Joe Ryan. He was also 5th in ERA during the season.
Alexis Diaz led all rookie relievers (minimum 40 innings) in ERA this season, edging out Jhoan Duran 1.84 to 1.86 on the year. Diaz pitched in 59 games, going 7-3 with 10 saves. The righty threw 63.2 innings with 33 walks and he struck out 83 batters.
The 2nd team featured two more starting pitchers from the Reds with both Hunter Greene and Graham Ashcraft being named to the team. Greene posted a 4.44 ERA in 24 starts, really taking big strides in the second half of the season as he began to limit the home runs he allowed while continuing to limit walks and pick up plenty of strikeouts. His 164 strikeouts were second only to Spencer Strider’s 165 among all rookie pitchers in 2022. Greene’s .220 average against was third in baseball among rookie starting pitchers this season (minimum 90 innings).
Graham Ashcraft was having a strong season until he hit the injured list in August. When he returned he struggled over the final two weeks of the year and saw his ERA balloon from 3.97 after 16 starts to 4.89 after 19 starts. Ashcraft, unlike the other three Reds pitchers on the list, doesn’t strike out many hitters. But he also led the rookie crop in baseball in ground ball rate and it wasn’t particularly close. Ashcraft’s 55% ground ball rate was the best among rookies by 9%, topping Nick Lodolo at his 46% rate (this is among all MLB rookie starters, not just Reds).