Two weeks ago I noted that Cincinnati Reds prospect Ian Kahaloa was not in spring training with the organization. Shortly after that we saw some incriminating videos on the internet that showed what appeared to be the pitcher involved in some things that would get him suspended (you can read about it in the comments section of the linked article). That turned out to likely be the case. Kahaloa was suspended by Minor League Baseball for a second positive test for a drug of abuse. That results in a 50-game suspension.
Last season the Reds right handed pitcher was dominant for the Billings Mustangs as he posted a 2.82 ERA in 44.2 innings pitched. He allowed just 13 walks and had 42 strikeouts as an 18-year-old in the Pioneer League. He was expected to be in the Dayton rotation before all of this came out. Hopefully he’s able to deal with the situation and get things turned around.
Still no Pensacola Blue Wahoos roster
The Louisville Bats, Daytona Tortugas and Dayton Dragons all released their rosters for opening day on Monday. As I type this at 1:30am, the Pensacola roster still has not been released. We generally know the players who will be there based on who is left. Still, it’s certainly strange that it’s not out yet given that the players have been there for several days now and the team held a workout and media day on Tuesday for the local media members.
Cory Thompson has converted to pitching
Former shortstop and 2013 5th round pick Cory Thompson has been converted to a pitcher. In four seasons he hit .237/.298/.343 with the Reds various farm clubs, getting worst every year at the plate. When he was drafted there were teams that preferred him as a pitcher where he showed a fastball that reached 94 MPH in high school. He also threw a curveball and a change up at the time, but I’m not sure what he’s throwing these days. I’ll see what I can find out in the near term future.