The Cincinnati Reds have signed right-handed reliever Silvino Bracho to a minor league contract for 2023 and extended him an invitation to big league spring training.
Playing in parts of six seasons in Major League Baseball, Silvino Bracho has a career ERA of 4.88 in 94.0 innings dating back to 2015. He did not pitch in the big leagues in 2019 or 2021. His best season came with Arizona back in 2018 when he pitched in 31 games and had a 3.19 ERA.
In 2022 he pitched in three games with Atlanta. His three outings covered 4.1 innings and he allowed three runs on three hits (two of which were home runs), a walk, a hit batter, and he struck out four hitters.
The 30-year-old from Venezuela spent much of his 2022 campaign in Triple-A with the Boston Red Sox and Atlanta’s farm system .He would make 33 relief appearances and five starts between his time with Worcester and Gwinnett. Over his 57.1 innings pitched he posted a 2.67 ERA, allowed 50 hits, walked just 10 batters, and he struck out 70 of the 230 hitters that he faced. He’s currently pitching for Zulia in the Venezuelan Winter League where he’s allowed three earned runs in 14.2 innings (1.84 ERA). You can see his career stats here.
Silvino Bracho throws a fastball, a change up, and a slider. The fastball works in the low 90’s, while the change up and slider both work in the 80-83 MPH range.
Bracho is the eight player signed to a minor league deal this offseason by the Cincinnati Reds who has been extended a big league invite. He’ll be joined by pitchers Daniel Duarte, Kevin Herget, Ben Lively, and Jared Solomon, as well as catchers Jhonny Pereda and Chuckie Robinson, and outfielder Allan Cerda.
Many of these signings are longshots to make the big league roster, but by-and-large these signings are of players who had strong seasons in the minor leagues in 2022. They likely aren’t going to be difference makers in 2023, but they provide some solid depth that should be at Triple-A in case the roster has as many injury issues as it had in 2022 and the Reds simply didn’t have the depth in the minors to handle it.