The Cincinnati Reds injuries aren’t just at the big league level. Their farm system has seen it’s share of injuries as well. Fortunately it’s mostly been minor issues that have popped up here-and-there for guys, but within the last week the system has seen two guys go under the knife for season ending surgeries as both right handed pitcher Wyatt Strahan and outfielder Narciso Crook are both going to miss the rest of the 2016 season.
Right handed starting pitcher Wyatt Strahan was the Reds 3rd round pick in the 2014 draft out of USC. He spent the remainder of 2014 in Billings, posting a 2.76 ERA in 14 starts that spanned 42.1 innings (on top of what he threw in college that year). In 2015 he spent the entire season with the Dayton Dragons, making 28 starts that totaled 164.1 innings pitched. He posted a 2.79 ERA in that time to go with 53 walks and 132 strikeouts.
The 2016 season saw Strahan promoted to Daytona. He would make four starts for the Tortugas in April throwing less than 6.0 innings in only one start, his first of the season. The final start that he made was against Clearwater on April 26th. He had pitched through the 6th inning and came back out for the following inning, but hit the first batter and walked the next before being replaced by a reliever.
Last week he underwent Tommy John surgery and will miss the rest of the season, and likely miss at least part of the 2017 season as he recovers from the injury.
In Dayton outfielder Narciso Crook had been out to a nice start to the season at the plate in April, but began to deal with a shoulder injury. It was tough to see as the toolsy outfielder appeared to be taking steps forward in his game, particularly at the plate where he was more patient at the plate and seemed to be seeing the ball much better than he had the previous season with the Dragons.
He was initially sent to the disabled list and missed just over a week. When he returned he only played in two games before heading back to the disabled list with shoulder problems. He would get evaluated by the team doctors and eventually underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. The 20-year-old will miss the remainder of the season as he rehabs the injury, but is expected to be ready to return for the start of 2017.