While the Cincinnati Reds have the next few days off for the All-Star Break, the work never really ends. Last week the Reds designated right-handed reliever Ricky Karcher for assignment when they activated Tony Santillan from the 60-day injured list and needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Two days later the team designated outfielder Henry Ramos for assignment when they called up right-handed pitcher Michael Mariot (who they would designate for assignment the very next day). Both Karcher and Ramos cleared waivers and were outrighted to Triple-A Louisville on Monday.
Ricky Karcher, perhaps best known for the best Reds post game interview since Homer Bailey “just walked a guy”, has never been outrighted to the minor leagues before. That means that he has to accept the assignment to Triple-A and he will remain in the organization.
The 25-year-old reliever will need to find more consistency with his control if he’s going to find his way back to the big leagues. No one questions his pure stuff – he throws in the mid-to-upper 90’s with his fastball and has a devastating slider when it’s on. But he’s also been a pitcher who has struggled to throw strikes throughout his career and has 44 walks in 31.1 innings this season with Louisville.
Outfielder Henry Ramos has been outrighted to the minor leagues in the past. With that, it gives him the right to refuse the assignment and elect to become a free agent if he would like to do that. He could accept the assignment and remain with the organization. Sometimes players will decline the assignment in order to renegotiate a new contract to remain with the organization, too. As of now it has not been announced as to whether or not Ramos has accepted or refused the assignment.
Ramos had been crushing the ball in Louisville. In his 36 games in the minors this season he was hitting .318/.404/.568, but he had been hitting even better than that over the last month. Since June 4th he was hitting .326/.413/.611 with the Bats, hitting eight doubles, two triples, and five home runs in a 24-game span.
As an outfielder his decision may come down to whether or not he thinks there could be a path to the big leagues in front of him the rest of the season. Cincinnati opted to designate him for assignment while keeping two other Triple-A outfielders (TJ Hopkins and Michael Siani) on the 40-man roster. While Siani’s season numbers don’t look good, he’s been hitting well for a while now after a very poor start to the year. Hopkins has been hitting just as well as Ramos has in the minor leagues this season. Perhaps he sees that as a reason to try and catch on with another team in free agency who may not have the same kind of outfield depth in Triple-A. Update: Ramos accepted his outright and remained in the organization.
Day Two of the MLB Draft
Monday also featured the Cincinnati Reds completing day two of the draft. Rounds 3-10 potentially brought eight new players into the organization. The team selected four pitchers – three lefties and one righty – as well as a catcher, first baseman, shortstop, and an outfielder. That goes along with the two pitchers and shortstop that they selected on day one. The draft will conclude today with rounds 11-20. We’ve got you covered on all of the coverage over at RedsMinorLeagues.com (here’s the link to all of the 2023 MLB Draft coverage).