The Cincinnati Reds have signed catcher Jhonny Pereda to a minor league deal for the 2023 season and extended him an invitation to big league spring training.

Originally signed out of Venezuela by the Chicago Cubs, Pereda has spent time over the last two seasons with the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants organizations in the minor leagues. The 26-year-old spent his entire 2022 season with Triple-A Sacramento. In his 65 games played he hit .272/.371/.379 with 10 doubles, 4 home runs, walked 35 times, and he struck out 41 times in 247 plate appearances.

In parts of nine minor league seasons he’s managed to hit 19 total home runs. Power is not a part of his game in the tiniest way. What has does do is give a quality at-bat and put the bat on the ball. He’s struck out just 330 times in 2383 career minor league plate appearances (13.8% strikeout rate).

In 2022 he threw out just 17% of opposing baserunners, but for his career he’s been much better than that with a 34% mark. Might be a situation where the pitching staff is just bad at holding runners. You can see all of his career stats here.

Jhonny Pereda joins Chuckie Robinson as the non-roster catchers that will be in spring training in February. The two of them are also likely to be the guys in Triple-A Louisville when the season begins if everyone can get through spring training healthy.

Cincinnati is now up to seven non-roster invitees to spring training. Along with Pereda and Robinson is outfielder Allan Cerda, and pitchers Daniel Duarte, Kevin Herget, Ben Lively, and Jared Solomon.

The Rule 5 Draft

On Wednesday the winter meetings will wrap up with the Rule 5 draft. Cincinnati’s 40-man roster is currently at 39 players, leaving them one spot open to take a player in the Rule 5 draft if they would like to. There are some interesting possibilities out there, particularly on the mound.

45 Responses

  1. David

    This guy seems like a good AAA – depth acquisition.

    Nothing flashy or spectacular, but will likely catch at the AAA level unless something happens to Stephenson or Maile (?).
    This is all about building depth at a position in the minors. And he is 26, not an ancient 33 or 34.

    • MBS

      Rats, not the worst outcome, but the 7th pick is a downgrade from where they would have picked under the old format.

      • MBS

        The need to learn how to make that a bit more exciting. The drama is there but it felt like Ben Stein was doing roll call.

        Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

      • Redsvol

        big downgrade, we should have had the 4th or 5th pick by odds I believe. If Reds didn’t have bad luck they’d have no luck at all. And the Twins get to pick 5th……sheesh!

  2. William

    The seventh pick is disappointing.

  3. William

    MLB has a system where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

  4. LDS

    7th pick. Gee the tanking really paid off. Better luck next year.

    • VaRedsFan

      They didn’t tank hard enough you mean??
      Bell could have used Strickland more.

      • LDS

        To paraphrase John Paul Jones, the Reds have not yet begun to dumpster dive.

  5. William

    Oh well, the Reds have one of the better GM’s for recognizing talent. Unfortunately, the owners are selfish with their money. The GM is the only one of the bunch that I have any confidence in. GM: Look for a seventh pick that is better than the 1st pick.

    • Jon

      The same GM that thought signing Minor, Pham, Strickland, and Moran was a great idea?

    • Dennis Hardebeck

      I wonder if ownership swindling money from the Reds to Castellini Produce Co

      • Doug Gray

        Ownership group has way, way too many people in it for that to be happening.

  6. Votto4life

    The reason why the Reds will be picking 7th is because MLB wanted to punish teams who intentionally tank. Justice served.

    • Jon

      Pirates were really served all right…not…

      Seriously, so much for the draft lottery to disincentivize tanking. Didn’t work for the Reds, A’s, Pirates, Rockies, Marlins, etc. At least teams like the Cubs keep spending money on payroll these last two offseasons. Even the Pirates are spending money this winter. The Reds ownership seems to be pocketing it all, including the $37 million or whatever it was each team just received from the sale of BAMTech to Disney.

      • Votto4life

        Yeah, I think there is a difference between tanking in order to win in the future and tanking to simply save money.

        I think the Reds are in the latter group. The Reds probably didn’t even want the first overall pick, because it would have meant a larger signing bonus. Bob Castellini would jump over a subway turnstile if it would save him a nickel.

    • TR

      And rely on prospects most of whom do not become productive in the big leagues, and refuse or are unable to join the Festival of Spending which is what the game has become.

    • JayTheRed

      That thought crossed my mind too. I won’t say the lottery was rigged but it feels like it was a little unbalanced. Pirates get another 1st pick geez. Their team better be amazing in 3 years or so.

  7. William

    Jon, the Reds are going to the World Series in a couple years. Wait until you see what team they have on the field in 2025 and 2026 because of this GM. Optimism. It is a good thing.

    • Votto4life

      Hmmm a couple months ago everyone was predicting this team would be winning in 2024. What happened? So now it’s 2025? By June, we will be looking forward to 2027.

      This team will come no where close to a World Series in this decade. We are entering a lost generation.

      It is more likely the Reds will leave the city, than it is they will win a World Series in the foreseeable future.

      • Tom Diesman

        “Gloom, despair, and agony on me.
        Deep, dark depression, excessive misery.
        ….”

      • Votto4life

        @Tom
        I have a 100 loss season that says I am right. What do you have to show that I’m wrong, besides some snarky song lyrics?

      • LDS

        V4L is correct. The Reds are interested and aren’t trying. Having a good slate of prospects doesn’t mean anything about competing in the long run. If you think prospects are going to turn the franchise around, I have some stock recommendations for you. Both pay off less than half the time. And the number of FAs coming off the boards at less than $20m AAV, well within the Reds financial capabilities, demonstrates that they aren’t trying. And Krall’s pathetic “come to the Reds and rebuild your career” isn’t exactly a sales pitch. Nor successful. It’s just window dressing for the gullible Reds fans.

      • Tom Diesman

        Don’t mind me guys, I just decided to join in on the dirge there for a minute or so. You may very well be absolutely right, but I’m done staring at the half empty glass now and back looking at the half full one, I find it puts me in better spirits so to speak. I’m now looking forward to following the development of the many good prospects we’ll have to root for season. I plan on enjoying next season one way or another.

      • JayTheRed

        Just want to point out that I have been saying 25′ for over a year. I still think it could be that year.

      • Votto4life

        @Tom by all means enjoy your half full glass.

        @ Jay you did say 2025 , but you were the exception.

        @LDS Thank you. People are so desperate to see improvement, they grasp at any straw they can find. Even, if that straw is a third string catcher, who wouldn’t even be worthy of a mention, on most fan discussion boards. I know that you, are like me, and want to see the Reds do well, but we haven’t drank the Red Kool Aid.

      • Tom

        Are you kidding with the talent coming up soon? Elly will be a Red very soon, so will McClain, Siani, etc….Plus the pitching has a bright future with the likes of Greene, Lodolo, and Ashcraft. They only need a few more to be one of the best young staffs in all of baseball.

  8. Melvin

    “What has (sic) does do is give a quality at-bat and put the bat on the ball. He’s struck out just 330 times in 2383 career minor league plate appearances (13.8% strikeout rate)”.

    That interests me. It’s rare these days. If his .272/.371 AAA numbers can come close to translating into the majors I’ll take that from a backup C. that throws out 34% of base runners.

  9. AMDG

    He seems to consistently be about a 0.240 hitter in AA and AAA, outside of 65 games in the hitter-friendly PCL last year where he hit in the 0.270’s.

    So that probably puts him in line with guys like Chuckie Robinson at the major league level, but with even less power.

  10. William

    When you do not have much catching depth, you take the best that you can find. This guy is still not too old. He might get better with time this coming year in AAA.

  11. Hotto4Votto

    Disappointing draft results when you drop 3 spots. Insult to the injury of losing 100 games. Not really sure why there’s a draft lottery when tanking in baseball doesn’t net you the same results or immediate impact of the NBA or NFL.

  12. Mike in Ottawa

    I wonder if next time the TV contract comes up, can there be a minimum standard provision be in it? For example if the team is in tank mode Reds get $100m, if team actually tries to win $300m. If the team gets to the playoffs, $500m. Players have performance incentives. Maybe organizations should too. [Not sure where the numbers really are, mine are for example only]

    • Mark Moore

      Interesting idea. They vary the charge to advertisers depending on different factors. Why not try to incent better performance?

    • MBS

      That’s an interesting idea. I still think they need to eliminate local tv contracts and negotiate all deals at a national level.

      ESPN 550M
      Fox 755M
      TBS 535M
      Apple 85M
      Peacock 30M
      Total 1.955B
      per team 65M

      So if MLB can get that kind of money for a fraction of the games played, what could it do if it negotiated all of the game?

      Apple has bought the exclusive rights to broadcast all MLS games in 23. I wonder if they’d want to pick up all MLB, or if Prime, Netflix, etc…

      If they did that we’d all be playing on the same playing field, sure the Yankee’s have more people coming thru their gates, but the difference would be minor compared to the way it is today.

      • west larry

        Personally, i have cable that includes ESPN. tox and tbs – and i usually buy mlbtv midseason, when it is about $25.00. I am not paying apple or peacock additional dollars to watch a 90{?} loss team.

      • west larry

        Fox, And when you do buy MLBTV, it excludes games you would normally view due to the apple and peacock broadcasts,

    • BK

      Wouldn’t it be better to incentivize winning by having teams compete with roughly similar resources? The most recent CBA includes “negative incentives” like you are proposing, but they don’t appear to be changing behavior.

  13. RedsFanInFL

    Game 6 of Astros-Phillies was viewed by 12.5 million households compared to 51.6 million households who watched Game 7 of ’75 Reds-RedSox. Yes there are more ways to watch (streaming) and more choices, but the NFL regular season Sunday night games routinely equal or exceed WS TV viewership.

    I was at a Bar and Grill on a Saturday during the WS, 4 TVs had college football, 1 TV and Freesbee Football and none had the WS. Until MLB can correct the competitive balance (payroll discrepancy), it will continue to loose popularity. No way any small market can go after Verlander, Judge, etc. Small markets may have a short window to win (KC Royals) but it can not be sustained over 5-8 years because the all stars leave. And if they rebuild fails, then the clock resets and try a new rebuild. Why should fans and young kids become attached to good players in small markets when they are going to be traded before or during their free agency year?

    • JB

      Even big market teams can’t hold onto their own. Trea turner for example. I’m not even sure why people buy jerseys anymore unless it’s past players like Bench, Larkin etc.

    • David

      Indeed!
      This had to be one of the lowest “watched” World Series since TV ratings appeared.

      The overall fan interest (outside of greater Philadelphia and Houston) had to be close to ….Zero. MLB probably “wanted” the Yankees and Dodgers, or the Yankees – Mets.

      Instead, they got Houston and Philly. Overall interest (nationally) in Baseball is flagging, and really, don’t see a remedy. It is a slower moving game that what football appears to be, and yes, the “competitiveness” of teams is also a big factor.
      The Collective bargaining agreement could have put in both a floor and a ceiling for teams salaries, but in point of fact, NOBODY inside baseball wants that. The players don’t, and the big budget teams sure don’t.
      The “fans” may think that’s a good idea, but recent history tells me that the attitude of the Owners and Players is pretty much…screw the fans. Recalling Phil Castellini, that’s pretty much what he told us last April. He was blunt and stupid enough to say the quiet part out loud.

      • BK

        Ratings were lower in 2020 (Dodgers vs. Rays), but 2022 was the second lowest. What is interesting is how much ratings have tanked since the 70s. This supports your point that baseball is losing ground. I also agree with your solution–salary floor and ceiling. However, I would add they need increased revenue sharing as well. The Owner’s first offer included a floor in exchange for a lower soft cap. MLBPA did not counter that offer. It is well documented that MLBPA views the current system as one of their biggest accomplishments. They went on strike to prevent a cap/floor system. While I agree, the larger market teams are thrilled with the current system, MLBPA is very much to blame, too.

      • VaRedsFan

        Absolutely BK. It’s the players that shoot down both floor and ceiling caps. The owners might be greedy bums, but it’s the Players association that disallows these “good for the game” options

  14. Steven Ross

    We are going to be awful again this year. Good times.