Just more than an hour before the scheduled first pitch on Sunday afternoon, the Cincinnati Reds announced that the team had called up right-handed pitcher Randy Wynne from Triple-A Louisville. He was not on the 40-man roster, so the team had to designate reliever Silvino Bracho for assignment to clear a spot for him on both the 40-man and 26-man rosters.
Randy Wynne signed out of the Frontier League back in 2019 when he was 26-years-old. He’s worked his way up the organization since then and has spent each of the last two seasons in Triple-A. On the surface his numbers don’t look great. He’s thrown 31.2 innings with a 5.12 ERA for the Bats this season, filling the role as both a starter and reliever.
But it’s his outing on April 27th that really blows up that ERA. He allowed four home runs and six earned runs in just 0.2 innings that day in Iowa. His ERA prior to that game was 4.50. His ERA since that game is 3.13. Since the start of May he’s held opposing hitters to an OPS of .652. Wynne isn’t going to strike many hitters out – he’s got 18 strikeouts with seven walks while facing 140 batters this season. He’s going to throw a ton of strikes and let the defense, hopefully, work for him.
Wynne’s got a full arsenal of pitches. He throws a 4-seamer, a 2-seam, a cutter, a curveball, a slider, and a change up. His fastballs average 90 MPH, with his cutter working in the mid-80’s. Everything else tends to work in the mid-to-upper 70’s.
As for Silvino Bracho, this is now the second time this season that he has been designated for assignment by the Reds. The club also DFA’d him on May 24th. He cleared waivers and accepted his outright. That worked out for him as the team was shallow on pitchers, he pitched well in Triple-A, and got called back up. We’ll have to wait and see how things play out for him this time around.