On Friday the Cincinnati Reds non-tendered contracts to Billy Hamilton, Jordan Patterson, Juan Graterol, and Aristides Aquino. Over the last two days they have signed three of those players to minor league deals for 2019.
Outfielder Aristides Aquino, outfielder/infielder Jordan Patterson, and catcher Juan Graterold have all signed with the Reds and been assigned to the Triple-A Louisville roster according to Baseball-Rosters.com. The assignment to Louisville is a procedural move and doesn’t necessarily mean the players will start their season there.
There was one other signing listed, though. The Reds also signed Christian Colon to a minor league deal. The infielder has big league experience – playing for the Royals and Marlins from 2014-2017. He has a career .252/.315/.315 line in 386 Major League plate appearances. The 29-year-old has played second base, third base, and shortstop in the Majors. Last year he didn’t play in the majors and spent a full year in Triple-A. Most of his time came with the Mets organization in the Pacific Coast League, but he also played in 16 games with Atlanta in the International League. Between his two stops he hit .288/.379/.420 with more walks, 40, than strikeouts, 38, in 368 plate appearances.
Aristides Aquino is coming back, and you probably know plenty about him. He hit .240/.306/.448 in 114 games for Double-A Pensacola last year, but was much better in the second half versus the first half.
Juan Graterol is technically now on his 3rd contract with the Reds. He has been picked up on waivers twice by them in the past, but has never actually put on a Reds jersey of any kind. He’s played in 61 games in the Majors, almost all of them in 2017 when he got into 48 games with the Angels. Last season he got into four games, one with the Angels and three with the Twins. In Triple-A last year he hit a combined .301/.330/.354. He rarely walks – just 5 last season in 58 games. But he also rarely strikes out – just 13 times last season.
Jordan Patterson was picked up on waivers on November 29th, then non-tendered the next day. He has hit 26 home runs in each of the last two years in Triple-A Albuquerque while with the Rockies. In 2018 he hit .271/.367/.525 with 42 walks and 128 strikeouts in 480 plate appearances for the Isotopes. He’s played in 10 games in the Majors, back in 2016, when he hit .444/.474/.500 in 19 trips to the plate with Colorado.
One last move that was listed that I hadn’t seen was that Montrell Marshall has retired. He played this season with the Dayton Dragons until he was suspended for failing a drug test in early July.