Over the weekend the Cincinnati Reds made several roster moves on the minor league front. The big one was that the organization released right handed reliever Ryan Mattheus, which was covered on Sunday.
That wasn’t the only move of the day. Also taking place in Louisville was the activation of Robert Stephenson – who simply hadn’t been added back to the active roster after being sent down from the big leagues, and the addition of right handed reliever Pedro Villarreal to the disabled list on Saturday. No injury was mentioned with the roster move on Villarreal.
The Dayton Dragons also saw several roster moves take place over the weekend. Right handed starter Tanner Rainey has been placed on the disabled list with some oblique tightness. He’s been pitching with it for two starts, and with a rehab start from Anthony DeSclafani coming up and an off day mixed in, the team can utilize the 7-day minor league disabled list, push Rainer back a few days and get an additional player on the roster without really messing up the rotation. As things stand right now – Rainey’s trip to the disabled list isn’t expected to last long and shouldn’t really miss a start unless things change.
Taking his place on the roster is catcher Jose Duarte, who has spent some time with the Dragons already this season, seeing limited action as the third catcher on the roster.
Two pitchers were also sent out to Arizona and two new ones came in. Starting pitcher Ty Boyles and relief pitcher Sarkis Ohanian were sent back to extended spring training. Boyles, a 20-year-old left hander was dealing with a slight injury in spring training, and perhaps was a little behind when it came to being ready for the season as he posted an 8.31 ERA in 17.1 innings pitched with seven walks and nine strikeouts for Dayton in four games (three starts, one relief appearance). Taking over the spot in the rotation will be Jake Johnson, who is moving in from the bullpen.
Sarkis Ohanian, in very limited action, also saw struggles. The reliever posted a 9.00 ERA in 4.0 innings, walking three batters, hitting another, and striking out four.
Right handed pitcher Wendolyn Bautista will join the Dayton bullpen. The 23-year-old spend most of the 2015 season in Arizona, but made one appearance with Billings as well. He posted an ERA of 2.64 between the two stops, throwing 61.1 innings with 13 walks and 59 strikeouts. Last season I wrote a full scouting report on the righty if you would like to check it out.
Conor Krauss also joins the Dayton bullpen. The 22-year-old right hander spent all of the 2015 season with Dayton, posting a 2.97 ERA in 60.2 innings where he didn’t allow a single home run, walked 25 batters and had 44 strikeouts. Over the course of 88.1 professional innings, Krauss has allowed just one home run.