James Marinan will be making his Cincinnati Reds organizational debut tonight. He’s slated to take the mound in Billings for the Mustangs at 9:05pm ET. The 19-year-old right-handed pitcher will be making his 4th start of the year. He made three starts with the Arizona League Dodgers earlier this season, allowing just one earned run in 10.2 innings before he was traded to the Reds last week in the Dylan Floro and Zach Neal trade.
Given his workload this season, I would expect for it to be a short start. James Marinan only completed 4.0 innings once in his career – on June 27th of this year. It will also be his first work outside of complex ball and, at least as a professional, work in front of an actual crowd.
Nick Hanson getting close
The Cincinnati Reds selected Nick Hanson out of high school in the 3rd round of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft. He made eight appearances that year in the Arizona Rookie League, but missed all of the 2017 season. Hanson wound up needing to have Tommy John surgery. He also hasn’t pitched in games yet in 2018, but he’s been throwing bullpen sessions and is getting close to returning to the mound. No word on where he’s assigned. He just turned 20-years-old a month ago, but coming off of the injury I wouldn’t be surprised if he stayed in Goodyear and pitched with the AZL Reds instead of going out on assignment – at least to start things.
Nick Travieso, who is coming back from shoulder surgery and also missed the entirety of the 2017 season, is also throwing bullpen sessions. He’s not as close to returning as Hanson is at this point, though.
Montrell Marshall suspended for 50 games
This happened last week, but I simply didn’t find the time to write about it with the busy week that was. And I certainly didn’t want to take the route that a local news station did with their headline that should probably get someone removed from their current responsibilities of writing headlines.
Montrell Marshall failed a second test for a drug of abuse. He was not taking performance enhancing drugs. The first baseman was a Midwest League All-Star and won the MVP Award in the game after hitting a walk-off single in the 10th inning.
On a smaller scale, right-handed pitcher Tyler Mondile was suspended for a violation of team rules over the weekend. He was scheduled to start on Saturday for the Dayton Dragons, but did not make that start and was suspended the following day.