The Cincinnati Reds drafted Ian Kahaloa in the 5th round of the 2015 draft. The native Hawaiian began his career in the Arizona Rookie League that same year, and he was dominant. In eight games he posted a 2.25 ERA in 24.0 innings pitched. He walked six batters and had 31 strikeouts while posting a 0.92 WHIP.
The sample size on Ian Kahaloa was small, he had managed just 24.0 innings but the results were very strong. When the 2016 season began he was back in Arizona, but that didn’t last long. The right hander threw 8.0 innings over the course of two games. He allowed just two hits and had one walk to go along with 10 strikeouts.
That performance got him promoted to the Billings Mustangs to start out July. In the first start for the Mustangs he kept things going. At home against Helena he tossed 4.0 shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a walk to go along with five strikeouts. On Monday night he would take on Helena for the second straight time, but this time it was on the road. That didn’t make an ounce of difference. Kahaloa tossed 5.0 shutout innings this time, allowing four hits and a walk with three strikeouts.
For the season the 18-year-old has yet to allow a run and he’s now 17.0 innings into the season without allowing a run. He’s also allowed just eight hits and three walks to go along with 18 strikeouts. The righty is working on a limited pitch count at this point in his career, but aside from going deeper into games which is out of his control at this point, he’s done just about everything that could be asked of him.
Jose Lopez continues his turn around
I wrote last week about the great run that Dayton Dragons right hander Jose Lopez was on. He made another strong start on Monday night and tossed 6.0 shutout innings with seven more strikeouts. He lowered his ERA to 3.05 on the season in 100.1 innings to go along with 27 walks and 104 strikeouts.
Over his last eight starts, dating back to the start of June, he’s now thrown 48.2 innings with just 12 walks and 48 strikeouts. His ERA in that span is 1.48 and his WHIP is a minuscule 0.95.