The Cincinnati Reds have officially announced that they’ve called up Jesus Reyes.
Original article: Nothing official has been announced, and no one is talking, but John Fay saw Jesus Reyes in the Reds team hotel. Reyes had been in Triple-A. The Bats are currently in Columbus, Ohio. So there’s no reason he should be in Washington otherwise.
RHP Jesus Reyes was in the lobby of #Reds team hotel this morning. Either he’s getting called up or that’s one heck of coincidence. Not sure on the corresponding move. They need bullpen help with Mella going 4 1/3 yesterday. Reyes was 1-0 with 1.35 ERA in four games at AAA
— John Fay (@johnfayman) August 3, 2018
Assuming that Jesus Reyes isn’t in Washington to take in the sights and sounds, he’ll be making his second trip to the big leagues. But, he will be looking for his first game as he didn’t get into one in his previous call up.
It’s been an interesting season for the right-handed pitcher. He began the year in the rotation for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. That only lasted for the first month of the season. Jesus Reyes posted a 6.44 ERA in 29.1 innings with 7 walks and 30 strikeouts over seven games. The peripherals were strong, but the results simply weren’t.
From May 19th through July 31st, spending time in both Pensacola (19 games) and Louisville (4 games), things took a weird turn. In the bullpen his ERA dropped to 1.31 in 34.1 innings. That’s outstanding. And he did not allow a home run in that span. But, his walk rate jumped up as he handed out 17 free passes, and his strikeout rate dropped off, striking out just 23 batters.
As a starter he gave up runs in a small sample size, but had strong rates that suggested it wouldn’t continue. As a reliever he hasn’t given up runs, but his peripherals have been quite poor – suggesting that won’t continue, either.
When it comes to stuff, Jesus Reyes certainly has it. His sinker is heavy and moves. A lot. And he will throw it in the 92-95 MPH range. His 4-seamer, which he doesn’t go to as often, has been up to 98 MPH in the past. He also shows a good slider.
The key for Jesus Reyes in finding success in the Major Leagues is going to be finding the control he showed as a starter throughout his career. As a reliever he’s simply walked far too many hitters. Even with big time ground ball rates, you can’t get away with that many walks unless you have a truly elite strikeout rate to go along with it. And he doesn’t have that.