When the Cincinnati Reds drafted and signed Ian Kahaloa out of a high school in Hawaii they agreed on a lower-than-previously agreed upon signing bonus after his physical revealed something in his pitching arm. Whenever that happens there is obviously some concern for what exactly it is that is going on, but the right hander didn’t miss any time on the mound after signing and has pitched well.

He made his debut on July 17th, throwing one inning against the Angels. He’s ramped up his outings since then and in his first six appearances he threw 16.0 innings with a 3.38 ERA, including back-to-back four shutout inning appearances to begin August with 11 combined strikeouts and no walks.

His next outing was a bit rough as he allowed three runs on three hits, three walks and a home run in 2.2 innings pitched against the Arizona League Cubs.

Last night the 17-year-old right hander took the mound on the road against the Arizona League Mariners and put together the best performance of his young career. Kahaloa tossed four hitless innings with just one walk. He faced 12 batters in the game and he struck out nine of them. The other three outs were recorded via groundball outs. That’s about as dominant as you can get.

On the season he’s holding opposing hitters to a .181/.262/.278 line thanks to just six walks and 28 strikeouts in 20.0 innings pitched. Right handers have had a little more success against him than lefties, but even right handers are struggling with an OPS of just .583 this year when they step into the batters box.

After a slow start he has found his groove in August, making four starts with a 1.84 ERA over 14.2 innings with four walks and 22 strikeouts to go along with a 0.68 WHIP. The Arizona League Reds only have seven games left this season, meaning there’s likely only one start left for Ian Kahaloa, but he’s certainly turned in one of the better performances from the Reds 2015 draft picks.

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