There are only two weeks left remaining in the Cincinnati Reds season, and unfortunately it’s been a tough season at the big league level. With an eye towards the future, let’s take a quick look at how the September call ups have performed.

Wandy Peralta | LHP

Last night didn’t go well for the left handed reliever against the Cubs. He allowed four runs in an inning of work with two walks. For his eight appearances he’s posted an ERA of 10.50 in 6.0 innings (7 earned runs) to go along with six walks and four strikeouts. The results haven’t been good for the 25-year-old. He’s given up a bunch of runs and his walk rate is very high, but there is a good sign in the limited sample size. Wandy Peralta has averaged just over 96 MPH with his fastball and has topped out at 98.4 MPH. Moving forward he’s going to have to throw more strikes, but a very hard throwing left hander will continue to get looks.

Robert Stephenson | RHP

After making two starts in April, Robert Stephenson didn’t see the big league mound again until September 5th. He performed well, striking out nine batters in 5.1 innings, but the last two outings have been more of a struggle, allowing eight runs in 8.0 combined innings with six walks and eight strikeouts. The right hander will take the mound again tonight for the Reds against the Cubs. Consistency with the strikezone was an issue in the minor leagues and that showed up in his last two starts as well. He’s flashed outstanding stuff, but he’s going to need to be more consistent in throwing strikes.

Hernan Iribarren | UT

A surprise call-up, the 32-year-old had just won the International League batting title by hitting .327 for Triple-A Louisville. He last played in the big leagues in 2009 with the Brewers before getting the call. In his 22 plate appearances he’s done nothing but clobber the baseball. He’s hit .409 to go along with three triples. He’s also played four positions in his 14 games played – seeing time at first and second base on the infield and in both center and right field. At his age, Hernan Iribarren may not be a part of the long term future, but perhaps in the short term he can be a valuable bench player.

Tony Renda | UT

The Reds actually called up Tony Renda in August, but was sent down later in the month and recalled on September 6th. In limited action, just 12 plate appearances, he’s had just two hits in September, both singles. He has drawn two walks in that span as well. Things went a little better in August, but overall he’s still hitting just .216/.293/.243. If we want to look for bright spots, he’s walked four times with just five strikeouts. He will be 26-years-old next year and he could be useful off of the bench as a guy who could play a bunch of positions and make a lot of contact. A faster, but less polished version of Hernan Iribarren at this point, perhaps.

Steve Selsky | OF

After seeing time in nine games with the Reds earlier this year, Steve Selsky went to the minor leagues in the middle of June and then wound up on the disabled list. He had a short rehab stint with the Arizona League Reds before being called up. He’s managed just two hits in 12 at-bats, but one of those included his first big league homer. He has struck out in half of his at-bats though since being recalled (and overall on the season as a big leaguer). Selsky finds himself in a crowded outfield picture that may be tough to break through.

Matt Magill | RHP

The Reds called up Matt Magill on the 12th and he’s made just two appearances. In his first game he walked two batters in an otherwise hitless inning. Last night he made a second appearance and allowed two hits in a scoreless inning. He hadn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2013 when he started six games for the Dodgers. He’s worked his way back from Tommy John surgery, missing nearly the entire 2015 season. He’s struggled with control throughout his career and that was an issue in the minors this season as well. With the plethora of arms that the Reds have coming up behind him, he’s going to need to find more control if he’s going to break through as a bullpen piece.

Abel De Los Santos | RHP

Called up with Magill, Abel De Los Santos has pitched in three games, allowing three runs in 4.1 innings. He’s walked three batters and struck out two. He pitched very well in Double-A Pensacola in 23.1 innings where he had seven walks and 25 strikeouts to go with a 1.54 ERA. He’s going to be 24-years-old heading into next season, so there’s plenty of time for him to continue developing.

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