On Wednesday night in Cincinnati, Keury Mella made his Major League debut for the Reds. The outing could have gone better for the recently turned 24-year-old. He allowed two runs in 2.0 innings of relief against the St. Louis Cardinals. He walked two batters and had one strikeout.
Keury Mella was acquired from the San Francisco Giants along with Adam Duvall in the trade of Mike Leake. He’s made stops in Daytona, Pensacola and Louisville (one start in 2016) since joining the organization. There have been some ups-and-downs along the way.
In 2017 Keury Mella struggled a bit in the first half, but he finished strong with Double-A Pensacola. As I wrote last week, over his final 12 starts of the year, beginning in July he had just 15 walks and 58 strikeouts in 66.0 innings. The strong finish was likely one of the reasons he got the call to the big leagues.
You never know what you’re going to get from a player, particularly a pitcher, in their Major League debut. The adrenaline seems like it gets to them a little more than it does the position guys. Despite the two runs allowed, there were some good things to see from Keury Mella.
His fastball worked anywhere between 93.4 MPH and 96.4 MPH in his two innings of work. He also mixed in a change up between 83.3 and 86.6 MPH and a slider that worked from 81.0-83.3 MPH. The fastball was showing rising action, but showed some armside run, too. His change up moves like a 2-seamer, showing some sink and more armside run than his fastball.
Deck McGuire keeps throwing well
28-years-old isn’t exactly a young age to make your Major League debut, but Deck McGuire seems to be making up for lost time. He threw another 2.0 shutout innings against the Cardinals on Wednesday night. He’s now thrown 4.2 shutout innings with just two hits allowed, no walks and he’s struck out three batters. His 95.6 MPH fastball in the game was also the hardest pitch he’s thrown in the big leagues in his short career.