The Cincinnati Reds are back to signing minor league arms and they added two more to the system by signing RHP Michael Bowden and LHP Jose Mijares in the last week.
RHP Michael Bowden
Bowden has six years of experience in the big leagues though it’s only led to 133.2 innings with the Red Sox and the Cubcs from 2008-2013. In that time he posted a 4.51 ERA. He posted a 2.95 ERA in 2012 between the two teams over 39.2 innings where he had 17 walks and 32 strikeouts. After the 2013 season he headed to Japan where he posted a 4.50 ERA in 40.0 innings with 24 walks and 30 strikeouts.
Control has been one of the biggest issues for Bowden at the big league level. In the minor leagues he didn’t have control problems outside of the 2012 season, but his big league walk rate of 3.6 walks per 9 innings is below-average. He works with a 91-93 MPH fastball and can touch 95. He will mix in a hybrid cutter/slider that comes in at 85-89 MPH. He also picked up a split fingered fastball in 2012
LHP Jose Mijares
The left hander has also seen big league action in six seasons spanning from 2008-2013. He was quite successful in that time as he posted a 3.23 ERA in 259.0 innings with 103 walks and 229 strikeouts. He was dominant against lefties as he held them to a .623 OPS in his career with 36 walks and 135 strikeouts in 533 batters faced. Right handers have a career .818 OPS against him. He did not pitch in 2014 after opting out of his deal with the Red Sox during spring training last season. He’s posted a 1.77 ERA in the Venezuelan Winter League over 20.1 innings with eight walks and 17 strikeouts.
In the past he’s thrown his fastball in the 89-92 MPH and touched 95 MPH as recently as 2013. He works often with his fastball, throwing it about 70% of the time. He also mixes in a slider and a change up. The slider is the pitch he goes to most often, throwing in 25% of the time while just mixing in the change up every now and then.