The Cincinnati Reds have made two new minor league free agent signings this past week. The team signed right handed pitcher Nate Adocock and infielder Jermaine Curtis. Both players have big league experience, though it is a bit limited.
RHP Nate Adcock
The right hander has a career 3.86 ERA in the big leagues over 105.0 innings, seeing time in 2011, 2012 and 2014. He spent the first nine weeks of the season on the disabled list but returned to action in June and joined the Triple-A Round Rock Express where he posted a 2.76 ERA in 16.1 innings with five walks and 14 strikeouts before being promoted to the big leagues. Over three weeks he threw 10.0 innings with five walks and nine strikeouts to go with a 4.50 ERA. He was sent back to the minors in the middle of August where he threw 5.0 innings with six walks and eight strikeouts with a 3.60 ERA.
Adcock has topped his fastball in the big leagues just over 97 MPH and he averaged 95 MPH in his short big league stint during 2014. He is mostly a fastball and slider pitcher, though he will occasionally mix in a change up. He throws a sinker most of the time but also has a 4-seam fastball he throws as a fastball about 25% of the time he goes with one of the two pitches. The sinker has good movement with plenty of sinking and running action. His slider has rated out as above-average in his big league career and works in the 86-90 MPH range. He’s been an above-average groundball rate guy over the course of his career in the minors and Majors.
Infielder Jermaine Curtis
In the 2013 season Jermaine Curtis was able to make his big league debut with the Cardinals. He saw five pinch hitting appearances between April, May and August but he has yet to record his first hit. At the minor league level he’s a career .272 hitter, though he has only hit .256 at the AAA level in parts of two seasons. With that said he also has 103 walks at the level with 79 strikeouts in 753 plate appearances. He fits the other free agent signings this winter as high on-base percentage players that have been brought in.
There’s no power in his game, he’s a career .348 slugging percentage guy with a total of 15 home runs in 2518 plate appearances. He makes a lot of contact with a career contact rate of 11.6% in the minor leagues and he has as many career walks as strikeouts. He can play all over the infield and has limited experience in corner outfield spots as well.
Another two signings that could provide what the Reds need at the big league level and if nothing else provide solid depth. With the bullpen and the bench both in need of players these two guys may be able to help out in those roles. It just adds to a strong offseason of minor league signings that leave possibilities for the Reds to possibly choose from to boost their big league roster.