The Cincinnati Reds have announced two roster moves on the minor league front early on Sunday afternoon. Evan Mitchell has been promoted from Advanced-A Daytona to Double-A Pensacola. He’s taking the roster spot in Pensacola of Matt Magill who was also promoted, heading up to Triple-A Louisville.
Right handed reliever Evan Mitchell was repeating his stay in Daytona to being the 2016 season. He’s been better in 2016 across the board. His ERA dropped from 3.84 to 3.38 along with dropping his walk rate significantly and raising his strikeout rate in a big way. In 16.0 innings this season he’s walked six batters and struck out 18 for the Tortugas. The reliever struck out just 6.4 batters per 9 innings pitched in 2015 but that has jumped to 10.1 this season.
Mitchell has allowed runs in just two games this season. On the 19th he gave up a run against Clearwater in an inning of work. In the second game of a double header on May 13th he had what was probably the worst outing of his career as he allowed five runs in 2.0 innings with two walks and no strikeouts. Since that outing he’s tossed 3.1 shutout innings with a walk and five strikeouts.
Matt Magill was picked up by the Cincinnati Reds in the trade of Chris Heisey to the Dodgers in December of 2014. He would injure his elbow in April of 2015 with the Louisville Bats after just three games and would undergo Tommy John surgery. He began the year in Pensacola in what essentially was a rehab stint for the right hander.
He’s battled some inconsistency this season, particularly with his control. Over his last three outings though he’s struck out seven batters in 4.0 innings without a walk. Inconsistency has been the biggest issue with Magill as a professional. Starting in 2013 he’s struggled to keep his walk rate at a quality rate, posting walks per 9 innings pitched rates of 5.1, 6.3 and 5.0. He’s always had a good arm, but the control issues have really held him back.