The Cincinnati Reds hit up the minor league free agency market to add some pitching depth by signing Joe Mantiply. The team also extended him an invitation to spring training. The left hander has limited action in the big leagues, pitching in five games for the Detroit Tigers in 2016.

In 2017 he spent the entire season in Triple-A with the Yankees organization. Joe Mantiply was very successful at the level, posting a 2.83 ERA in 70.0 innings. He did allow 72 hits, but gave up just three home runs, walked just 18 and had 62 strikeouts.

Many of the games that Joe Mantiply pitched in were multi-inning appearances. 20 times he threw at least 2.0 innings, though six of those were starts. He didn’t show splits during the year. He was slightly better against righties than lefties, but not by much.

Joe Mantiply Scouting Report

The left hander works with a fastball, breaking ball and a change up. The fastball works in the 88-89 MPH range. He’ll mix in a slider in the 78-81 MPH range. His change up will come in around 80-83. None of the pitches really jump out at you, but none seem to be poor offerings either. He will throw plenty of strikes and has missed a good number of bats in the minor leagues for his career.

Career Stats

6 Responses

  1. Arnold Ziffle

    At least he is LH and has a chance to make the team. Not a bad signing for depth. Hopefully the “not giving up many HR’s and has low BB rates” is going to be the theme this winter.

  2. MK

    Joe was a teammate of Jonathon Crawford at West Michigan in 2014 and were both on Midwest League All Star team.

  3. Mort

    Not a bad signing. He has never had an ERA above 2.83 in the minors.

  4. Shamrock

    Wow, this guy’s actually played in the majors before. A few more signings like this and we’re looking at the WS for sure.
    You think Walt has got anything left in his budget after this one?

  5. Crestwood Craig

    I like the signing because it adds an arm that could be useful as well as strengthens our minor league depth. There is concern that the Bats have not had a winning season in several years and attendance has declined for 5 years. The Reds need to make sure the Bats are a winning team this year. Due to injuries with the Reds, many of our top prospects have not spent much time in Louisville.

  6. Michael David`

    I watched him pitch in 2014 with the Whitecaps, hopefully we’ll get to see him in Louisville next summer. I think he’s a good pick up for the Reds.