The Cincinnati Reds have announced that they have sent right handed pitcher Jon Moscot to Triple-A and recalled outfielder Steve Selsky from Louisville.
Jon Moscot missed time earlier this year with the Reds after dealing with injuries. He made three starts in April, then missed a month before returning on May 31st, making two more starts before today’s demotion. In his three April starts he struggled with the strikezone, walking nine batters in 15.2 innings pitched. He also struggled to keep the ball in the park, giving up four home runs in that span.
In his last two starts since returning from the disabled list, Moscot got his walk rate under control, handing out just one free pass, but the rest of his production suffered. He allowed six home runs in 5.2 innings against Colorado and Washington ans saw his ERA balloon to 8.02 in 21.1 innings.
His fastball velocity is down a little bit from where it was in 2015 when he came up. He averaged 92.7 MPH in June of last year and topped out on one pitch at 96.3 MPH. This season he’s topped out at 94.7 MPH and averaged 91.9 MPH. Both sample sizes are rather limited, but it’s probably worth noting. He will join the Bats rotation for now.
Taking his roster spot, at least in the short term, will be Steve Selsky. The outfielder was up earlier this season with the Reds, going 0-1 with a strikeout in his lone plate appearance at the big league level. For the Bats this season he has hit .284/.374/.413 with 14 doubles, two home runs, 21 walks and 44 strikeouts in 182 plate appearances. He has spent time in the outfield as well as at first base over the past several seasons, but if he’s going to see playing time in the big leagues in the field rather than just as a pinch hitter, expect it to be in left or right field where he profiles best defensively. He’s had limited action in center in his minor league career, including one game there in 2016 for Louisville, but that’s not a spot he will see action at in the big leagues unless it’s an emergency.
The stint will likely be short term for Selsky as the Reds are expected to bring Anthony DeSclafani off of the disabled list to start on Friday.