When the Cincinnati Reds traded Alfredo Simon over the winter they landed a premium arm in RHP Jonathon Crawford to go along with shortstop Eugenio Suarez. Suarez joined the Cincinnati Reds three weeks ago when Zack Cozart was injured. Crawford had not pitched in a game during the 2015 season to that point, dealing with a shoulder issue that kept him back in Arizona.
He had made an appearance in extended spring training at the end of April, but given that he is throwing in extended spring training at the end of June, it’s likely that he had a set back of some sort since that point in time (the Reds won’t talk about injuries – so I can’t confirm this).
Last night he took the mound for the Arizona League Reds and threw 1.1 innings. The outing wasn’t much to write home about as he allowed two runs on a hit and a hit batter to go along with a strikeout and three ground outs.
He’s probably several weeks away, barring any setbacks, from joining a full season club as he will need to build up his innings. With him only pitching once in the first eight games in Arizona, he’s probably just starting to take the mound again and this is probably being treated much like his spring training.
Crawford posted a 2.85 ERA last season in the Midwest League (the same league that Dayton plays in) over 123.0 innings. He limited the home runs, allowing just three all season long, but he did have some struggles as he walked 3.7 batters per nine innings pitched and only struck out 6.2 batters per nine innings. The right hander has a big arm, but if he’s going to remain as a starting pitcher he will need to work on his third pitch and his control moving forward.