The Cincinnati Reds made several moves on Saturday, with the bigger two news making ones being the signing of RHP Burke Badenhop to a big league deal that could be a 2-year contract and the counter move to that which left the Reds deciding to designate Ismael Guillon for assignment to clear a roster spot for Badenhop.

The third move was lesser publicized, but the team signed former big league closer Kevin Gregg to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. In 2013 he saved 33 games for the Cubs with a 3.48 ERA. He’s never been a good control pitcher and the soon to be 37-year-old has a walk rate of 4.8 batters per 9.0 innings pitched in his 30’s. That’s an incredibly high walk rate for a pitcher. Gregg has missed bats in that time, with a strikeout rate just north of 8.0 batters per 9.0 innings pitched. He missed most of the 2014 season after needing surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow.

Scouting Report

The right hander doesn’t seem to be a great fit for Great American Ballpark as a big time fly ball pitcher with walk problems. His velocity has been in decline for the entire PitchF/X era (dating back to 2007), averaging just 91.2 MPH on his fastball in 2014. Gregg also throws a cutter, curveball and a split-fingered fastball. Between his 4-seam fastball and his cutter, he uses them about 80% of the time. The cutter has been his most valuable pitch over the past few years. The slider and split-finger have both been well below-average offerings. The fastball has been hit-or-miss depending on the season in the past few years.

With his control issues and declining velocity while coming off of an elbow surgery, it’s probably a safe bet to say he winds up in the Louisville Bats bullpen. With his big league experience though, if he can show some sort of improved control and his stuff stays similar to what it’s been in the past, there’s a chance he could help the Reds out at some point in the 2015 season.

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