The Cincinnati Reds have promoted right handed reliever Dauri Moreta to Dayton. He had pitched in four games with the Billings Mustangs this season without allowing a run in 4.0 innings. He’s taking the roster spot vacated by right hander Patrick Riehl, who is heading to the disabled list. The team also announced that left hander Andy Cox will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. He last pitched on June 12th.
Dauri Moreta began his career with the DSL Reds in 2015 where he dominated as a 19-year-old, posting a 1.69 ERA in 21.1 innings with 30 strikeouts. He came stateside last season and picked up four saves, pitching mostly with the Arizona League Reds. He saw a late season call up to Billings, pitching in two games before the playoffs began. In 33.1 innings between the two teams he posted a 1.89 ERA with 56 strikeouts and 21 walks.In 2017 he’s thrown 4.0 innings with the Mustangs where he’s walked four and struck out eight.
The control has been an issue for him over the last two seasons. He’s walked 25 batters in 37.1 innings, but he misses tons of bats, too, striking out 64 along the way. The stuff is very good for Moreta, as you can see in the video above. The fastball/breaking ball combination plays quite well and he will throw his fastball in the mid-90’s.
Patrick Riehl last pitched for Dayton on July 4th when he allowed two earned in 1.2 innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts. After a nice start to the year he had struggled of late and watched his ERA jump up to 5.93 on the season in 27.1 innings pitched.
Andy Cox will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. The lefty was having a heck of a season with the Dragons in 2017 before the injury. He had a 1.64 ERA in 22.0 innings with three saves. That also came along with 11 walks and 33 strikeouts in his 22 games played.