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.

31 Responses

  1. Jimbo44CN

    Oh boy, another minor league retread, I love his stats in the majors this past year, 4.1 innings with 3 hits, 2 of which were home runs. Great, he’ll fit right in. This franchise is a joke.

      • Mark Moore

        The echo is particularly strong in the deafening silence Doug mentioned.

  2. LuciusRuber

    Way to stay in the footnotes and out of the headlines

    • Mark Moore

      That’s just plain funny right there … in the footnotes we are indeed.

  3. SultanofSwaff

    Could be an interesting depth option like Fernando Cruz was this year. Certainly the AAA numbers are very encouraging.

    • DaveCT

      In the past, we wouldn’t have heard about this signing until the club issued a one-time press release of its minor league contracts. As for scouring the cupboards, the signings of Duarte, Cruz and, perhaps, Bracho each had some value.

    • DaveCT

      This comment from BA on Bracho got my attention:

      “Bracho locates everything, knows how to pitch, makes adjustments and is a fierce competitor on the mound.”

      It was before his TJ, but given his 2022 AAA numbers, I’m interested to see what he brings. Dude’s also just 5’10” and 190. He may not be a pit bull but a smaller terrier with an attitude could be fun.

  4. west larry

    i don’t mind this signing, A 30 yo out if the braves organization, why not?

    • Tar Heel Red

      True. He is simply AAA filler. Nothing to get excited about.

  5. Mike McSorley

    My first response was “ho hum, another minor (literally) signing. Second thought was maybe he’s stocking the cupboard to fill out a trade package. Third thought was can January get here soon because that seems to be when Nick Krall makes his deals.

    But what I would really like to see is an honest assessment of the roster. In column A list all the Reds players. Column B should contain names of players who would represent an upgrade at that position (within financial reason). I think a case could be made for moving the team forward without breaking the (Castellini) bank.

    For example, 3B is unsettled right now, the Padres just signed their umpteeth major league infielder, wouldn’t a reunion with Brandon Drury make sense? Right-handed power, acceptable defense… not totally priced out of the market.

    Do that with each position… what do you have right now, what’s reasonably available?
    What “extra” is spent will be more than made up with increased attendance to see a competitive team.

    Just sayin’.

    • Tar Heel Red

      I would really like to see Drury back in Cincy, too. But as an outfielder, not at third base. He has major league experience in the OF and this leaves Steer at third (although I feel the two could be switched and work out just fine).

  6. JayTheRed

    Something some of the poster’s here have not realized perhaps is that the Players actually have to want to sign with a team. Players aren’t blind or dumb. They know where Cincinnati stands on building a winning team. This is a big part of why players choose here probably as a last resort. The GM is saying come to Cincinnati to rebuild your stats and reputation. Why would a player come here knowing they are going to be traded at the deadline if they are working hard and producing. Players are people too and moving around often just stinks.

    • Votto4life

      @JaytheRed

      This is a very good point. Why would someone want to play here if they have other options? The same could be said about extending players like Stephenson and India.

      This is not a new problem for the Reds, although I imagine now it is worse. The Reds vastly overpaid for Moose, partly due to this issue. The Reds had to give Castellanos a lot of opt out options in order to get him to sign.

      Right now, it’s not much of a problem because the Reds aren’t making any offers. But if they ever do start spending again, they will have to overpay to get top talent. Most athletes are competitive and want to win.

    • Colorado Red

      Because, they might get a better chance to play MLB ball, and then get traded.
      If most other clubs they would never get out of the minors?
      Just a thought.

      • 2020ball

        That doesnt sound like any of the guys people are talking about here, not sure your point. Benintendi or Nimmo arent playing in the minors for any team.

  7. Kevin Patrick

    This kind of reminds me of the Brooks Raley pickup. Mr. Raley is still floating around the majors. Let’s hope his recovery time is just a touch faster than Raley, Travis Wood et al. Is this guy worth the gamble…? Of course he is! If he’s ready to start?! Interesting… Its guys like this that make those early spring training games kind of fun. I swear the glass is half full fellas.

    • Optimist

      I’m an optimist, and keep in mind the glass is also half full because of the expanded playoffs. As untalented as the Reds currently are, they were still relatively unlucky with the injuries last year. Simply avoiding that likely gets 5-10 more wins. Make a few good deals for relievers and a bit of luck with their typical “trade deadline candidates” and they’re in early August a few games under .500 looking at the final wild-card.

      Long gone are the days of the 60-61 Reds, largely acknowledged as the most extreme example of a team trading its way into the World Series, but a .500 record in a bad division is the state of the game today.

      Still, inept ownership and mediocre field management don’t inspire confidence.

      • Votto4life

        You are an optimist, which is a good way to go through life. Certainly, a happier way. But I don’t see how the 2023 Reds make up for a hall of season of Castillo, Mahle, Solano, Drury etc. Those guys were worth at least 10 wins last season.

  8. Harold

    I remember we were doing out rebuild at the same time that the Braves and White Sox were also doing a rebuild. When have the Cardinals ever had to rebuild? Maybe that’s why their attendance more than doubles ours. Poor Nick Knoll is forced to try to pull a rabbit out of the hat each Winter. It’s impossible to compete with this strategy. We were good in 2020 and we blew it up again. It’s fun to dream and wish but the reality it’s pretty hopeless. The problem is the fan base will never trust the ownership.

    Hey Reds, do something to give the Fan Base hope!!! I love baseball and I’m a sucker so I will be there to watch, but I will be in the minority. By June the fan base will not be there to support a loser.

    • TR

      If there is a plan for the Reds, it’s no long term contracts and new ownership next year when the Votto and Moustakas contracts are off the books. This year, more empty red seats at GABP and a struggle to stay out of last place.

      • Votto4life

        I really hope you are right about new ownership. It’s the hope I cling too. All the signs are there, I just hope it happens.

  9. RedsGettingBetter

    Silvino Bracho is one of the best closers of the Venezuelan Winter league in the last 6 or 7 years being very solid and difficult to be hit although I consider he could be a pretty good pitcher at AAA but maybe could have some struggles at major level… In fact, the contract is a minor league deal…

  10. Chris Holbert

    10 more wins makes them 71-91.. That is exciting to say the least. I would say at least the pitching injuries will continue, because of the throw as hard as you can for 100 pitches…tben you will be relieved.

  11. AMDG

    Interesting strategy – since the Reds know the major league team will be terrible, they are focusing on improving the AAA team instead.

    The Louisville Bats have been so bad for so long (last winning record was 2011) so at least the fans in Louisville can look forward to a somewhat competitive season ahead.

  12. Pablo

    Silvino!! That’s fun to say!!

    –Elf

    • Jim Walker

      He may give Lisalverto Bonilla a run for best ever Reds forename if he makes it to MLB with the Reds.
      https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bonilli01.shtml

      I can see it now. As the Reds close in on 105-110 losses, they stage a best forename night promotion to put some fannies in seats at GABP. “Come early. Be one of the first 10,000 through the gates and get your numbered limited edition commemorative Best Reds Forename card picturing Lisalverto and Silvino in action!”

  13. JB

    There are no retreads when it comes to the Reds Organization.

  14. RedsfanPA

    I’d be more optimistic about possible positive results from moves like this, but the Reds penny pinching ways extends to the hiring of managers and coaching throughout the organization. Perfect example is Louisville Bats, the Reds AAA farm team who just finished their 10th consecutive losing season. I believe they finished 60-90. This should be unacceptable.

  15. Bill J

    Is there something wrong with this page.