The Cincinnati Reds made several roster moves today. Nick Martini being called up from Triple-A Louisville, along with Michael Siani (which we knew was happening already) were the promotions. Stuart Fairchild was placed on the 7-day concussion injured list. The team also designated outfielder Henry Ramos for assignment, clearing a spot on the 40-man roster for Martini.
After spending the 2022 season playing in Korea where he hit .296/.365/.461, Nick Martini signed with the Reds just before spring training began in February. After 29 games it seemed like he was closer to being released than anything else as he struggled in a huge way – hitting just .155/.305/.196 with four doubles in 118 plate appearances.
But in the 30th game of the season with Louisville he went 4-6 with his first home run of the season and he hasn’t cooled off since. Over the span of 63 games that began that night, Martini has hit .323/.428/.593 for Louisville with 16 doubles, 3 triples, 15 home runs, 41 walks, and 63 strikeouts in 299 plate appearances. You can see all of his career stats here.
The left-handed hitter has absolutely crushed right-handed pitching since that May 23rd game, hitting .355/.454/.651 with 31 walks and 41 strikeouts in 205 plate appearances in Triple-A against righties. He’s been good against lefties, too – just not quite the same, hitting .253/.372/.468 against them in 94 plate appearances.
Martini is no spring chicken. He turned 33-years-old at the end of June. But he’s back in the big leagues for the first time since spending parts of 2021 with the Chicago Cubs. While in Louisville he played mostly left field, but got limited action in right and in center. He also played in 17 games at first base. There’s a little position flexibility there, but given the roster I doubt he’ll be used in a way that he gets to showcase that.
Henry Ramos has been up-and-down with the Reds a few times this year. He started out the season with Cincinnati by going 9-22 in April. He then went 6-40 (.150) during the first three weeks of May and was sent back to Triple-A. He remained there until two weeks ago when he was called back up. He played in five games, but only started in two of them. Against Pittsburgh he got a start and went 3-3 with a walk and a double. But he went 0-9 in the other four games he played in.