The Cincinnati Reds lost right-handed pitcher Levi Stoudt on waivers to the Seattle Mariners on Saturday afternoon. Seattle had traded Stoudt to Cincinnati in July of 2022 along with Noelvi Marte, Edwin Arroyo, and Andrew Moore when they acquired right-handed starter Luis Castillo from the Reds.

Stoudt was drafted in 2019’s 3rd round by Seattle out of Lehigh University. The now 26-year-old worked his way up through the minor leagues before making his big league debut on April 19th of 2023. The righty pitched in three other games for Cincinnati during the 2023 campaign, struggling as he posted a 9.58 ERA in 10.1 innings with eight walks and nine strikeouts.

His time in the minor leagues was a bit better, but not by much. In 25 games with Triple-A Louisville, Stoudt made 19 starts and six relief appearances while posting an ERA of 6.23. He struggled to keep the ball in the park as he gave up 20 homers in 82.1 innings. He also struggled to find the strikezone with any sort of consistency, handing out 50 walks and hitting seven others during the season. Stoudt also didn’t miss many bats as he managed to strike out just 58 batters while in the minors in the 2023 season. It was easily his worst season of his professional career.

When the Reds picked up outfielder Bubba Thompson on waivers earlier this week (for the second time this offseason), they needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster and that came in the form of designating Levi Stoudt for assignment. It seems his former club was interested in bringing him back and now Stoudt is heading back to the American League where he’ll rejoin the Mariners organization. In a bit of good luck, Seattle also has their spring training in Arizona, so Stoudt won’t have to travel across the country and make new living arrangements for the time being.

You can see the career stats for Levi Stoudt here.

12 Responses

  1. DaveCT

    To lose Stoudt for Thompson can only really mean the Teds think less of Levi than they once did, or that some of us in the fan base at RML do.

    Stoudt has a very good arm and is still relatively inexperienced, and Seattle has a really great knack of developing pitchers, especially relievers.

    As I said in the previous article, I now have another Red to go see in Seattle or Tacoma (AAA).

    • MBS

      I’m more surprised they DFA’d Stoudt over Legumina. They must really like that kid as he’s beat out Stoudt, and Duarte for the 40 man. Thompson makes a lot of sense for the Reds to bring back. I didn’t get why they let him go in the 1st place.

      • DaveCT

        As above, they must think less of Stoudt than they once did.

        Both dropped out of theBA top 30 this year. From 2023:

        Legumina, 60 fastball and 60 slider, 40 control (mostly for the slider; he throws strikes with the fastball).

        Stoudt, Fastball: 55. Curveball: 40. Slider: 50. Changeup: 60. Control: 60 (?).

        Stoudt from MLB Pipeline 2023:

        Fastball: 55 | Curveball: 50 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 45 | Overall: 40

        I still prefer pitching depth over Thompson.

  2. Optimist

    To be expected and good for him – but interesting no one else higher in the picking order was interested enough to make a token trade offer. Seattle is both familiar with him, and thinks highly of him – perhaps we’ll see him in their bullpen before mid-season.

  3. BK

    Not surprised. It was a very small sample size, but he looked much better in shorter relief work late last season. I hate to lose him.

  4. AMDG

    Apparently nobody in the league thought enough of Stoudt for the Reds to work out a trade.

    It will be interesting to see what they intend to do with Bubba, who seems like a slightly lesser version of Billy Hamilton.

  5. RedsGettingBetter

    I think one thing when Duarte and some days later Stoudt were DFA’d , the Reds still have hopes on Legumina and Barrero as they are thankful to Martini for the clutch homers he hit last season

  6. Melvin

    Considering the way pitching is at a premium these days this is still a head scratcher to me.

  7. Stock

    I am wondering if the Reds were disappointed in Stoudt’s winter. Why release him for a player they released earlier?