The Cincinnati Reds went to Hawaii to draft right handed pitcher Ian Kahaloa in the 5th round of the 2015 draft. His signing came near the deadline as his contract that was agreed to was altered when there was a concern raised during his physical with his elbow.

Whatever those concerns were, they haven’t seemed to have mattered much on the mound. Kahaloa took the mound on July 17th for his professional debut with an inning of work allowing a single run with two strikeouts. His next outing came four days later and this one lasted 1.1 innings with another run allowed, coming with two walks and two strikeouts.

In his third appearance of the year he stepped up for three innings pitched, allowing just one run with no walks and he had two strikeouts. That put him at a 5.06 ERA through his first three appearances, spanning 5.1 innings pitched with two walks and six strikeouts.

On August 1st the Hawaiian right hander took the mound for the fourth time on the season and was dominant in four innings, allowing just one hit and striking out seven batters. He followed that up last night with another four shutout innings to go along with four strikeouts.

Those last two starts have lowered his ERA to 2.03 on the season and he’s now¬† thrown 13.1 innings with just two walks and he’s struck out 17 batters. It’s been limited action for the 17-year-old but he’s dominated the Arizona Rookie League to this point. If there was any concern over what his medical reports showed when he was drafted, his performance has put those on the back burner.

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