Carson Spiers pitched in four games with the Cincinnati Reds down the stretch of the 2023 regular season. With the pitching staff barely hanging on, the club called him up directly from Double-A where he made two starts and two relief appearances. His final outing of the year was hit best one, tossing 3.0 innings of 1-hit, shutout baseball against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Spiers, who began the year in Chattanooga’s bullpen, didn’t transition to the rotation until late June. Between his time with the Lookouts in Double-A, his one relief outing in Triple-A, and his four games with Cincinnati he threw just 98.0 innings. The Reds sent him to pitch in the Arizona Fall League this month where he’ll get some additional innings in.
Friday night he made his second start for the Surprise Saguaros and it was a good one. The right-hander threw 4.0 shutout innings where he allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out five batters. Combined with his first outing he’s now allowed just one earned run in 7.0 innings and has seven strikeouts to go with one walk.
He was followed in the game by left-handed reliever Bryce Hubbart. The 2022 3rd round pick picked up where Spiers left off, throwing 3.0 hitless innings with a walk and two strikeouts.
Jacob Hurtubise, who had a breakout season this year in Double-A and Triple-A, went 1-5 with a walk, run, and an RBI on the night. He’s hitting .308/.438/.359 with three steals, two doubles, eight walks, and eight strikeouts through 10 games played for Surprise.
Alejo Lopez signs with Atlanta
Not every minor league player has had the opportunity to enter free agency this offseason, but some players have been able to based on their big league experience level. Alejo Lopez was one of the players who was eligible to declare free agency after the regular season and he did just that. It didn’t take more than a few days before he had signed a minor league deal with Atlanta
Lopez played for the Reds in each of the last three seasons, but most of his playing time came in 2022 when he played in 59 games. In the 2023 season he got into one game. And he was ejected from that game. Over the span of his 74 games with Cincinnati in his career he hit .265/.309/.329.