The Cincinnati Reds have recalled left-handed reliever Cody Reed from Triple-A Louisville. With the Reds set to face off against the Pittsburgh Pirates today for a day/night double header they get to have a 26-man roster for the day. Unsurprisingly, that leaves the Reds going with an extra arm in the bullpen.

For Cody Reed, it’s going to be his third time in the Major Leagues this season. Heck, it’s going to be his third trip to the Majors this month. He was previously called up on May 4th and May 17th. In both instances he was sent back to Triple-A the next day.

With Louisville in 2019 Cody Reed has been dominant. His ERA is 2.61. That’s 2.40 runs LOWER than the league average ERA for the International League this season, which is 5.01.  Along with his dominant ERA, he’s also dominating in other areas. He’s allowed just 13 hits and 1 home run in 20.2 innings. That comes with 8 walks and 25 strikeouts. His ground ball rate is also out of the world at 70% with the Bats.

In his two appearances with the Reds he’s thrown 4.1 innings and struck out 7 batters while allowing 1 runs. That’s a 2.08 ERA, and of 9 balls put in play against him, 8 of them have been on the ground.

We will see how long Cody Reed remains on the roster this time. But it’s time, in one man’s opinion, that he sticks on the big league roster for a prolonged period of time this go around. He’s earned it with his performance over the last two seasons.

35 Responses

  1. James K

    Except for the special occasion of a double-header, doesn’t Reed have to stay in the minors for a certain period of time after the last time he was sent there?

    • CP

      I believe its 10 days. But I’m guessing off the top of my head there….

  2. SteveLV

    Glad to see career minor league breakout seasons, ball induced or not, by a number of Bats, but will a number of them be gone at the end of the year. Assume Reds have some control left with vanMeter, Longhi, maybe Nay, but Aquino, O’Grady, Colon, Refsnyder all minor league free agents at the end of the season?

    • Doug Gray

      VanMeter is on the 40-man, so as long as he stays on it, he’s under team control. The rest of the list, though, will be free agents after the season is over unless for some reason the guys that have been free agents already signed 2-year minor league deals (this is incredibly rare).

      • SteveLV

        Thanks, Doug. Looks like there will be as much change in the 40 man roster as I can remember. Maybe 25 – 27 of the current roster solidly on next year’s? A quick look at minor league rosters didn’t seem to show many who need to be added to the above list of considerations – Luis Gonzalez, Powers, Isabel, Nay maybe?
        A bunch of free agents who may or may not be back, and potential drops of Mella, Stephens, Lopez, Reyes, Trahan.

  3. CP

    Glad to see Reed get the call up again. He deserves it to say the least. It will be interesting to see if Reed finally earns a chance to stay over the likes of Bowman/Peralta. I don’t see him taking anyone else’s spot. I was begging to see him unseat Duke, but with him injured he is out of the equation. It really wont make any sense for the Reds to let Duke come back after his time on the IL. Especially if Bowman/Peralta/Reed are all performing. Duke has cost the Reds and I think its time to turn the page if other guys are proving they are better. Gotta approach Duke the way they did Kemp and see him as a sunk cost.

  4. Norwood Nate

    I don’t think it’s just one man’s opinion. You’re certainly not alone in thinking Reed needs to stick around and be given a legit shot to stay.

      • Oldtimer

        The 26th man must go back to minors the day after DH. So say the Reds.

      • Doug Gray

        The move doesn’t have to be the 26th guy that was called up, unless that 26th man didn’t spend 10 days in the minors prior to their call up. I thought today was the 10th day for Reed. If it’s not, then he’s got to go back. If it is his 10th day, then it doesn’t have to be him.

      • Oldtimer

        That’s what Reds said on their website. One would think they know.

  5. Stock

    The only reason I can think of that Reed is not here for good is that the Reds are three weeks from gaining another year of control. Reed has back of the bullpen stuff.

    It may not seem like it but the Reds are on the verge of breaking out. The loss in Milwaukee really hurt but still a 3-2 road trip vs. two teams that were in the playoffs last year. It is time to take it up a notch. Reed should be a part of that.

    • Wes

      Team control has nothing to do w it for a reed caliber player. They wasted more money on dukes salary than what they’ll loose in arbitration for a year of control for reed. Ownership don’t like writing off mistakes so they stick it out w Duke as long as possible.

      What reds seem to miss the most is confidence and no one is more confident on team then puig. Going over the concrete wall and then coming back and racking against Cubs gives him some clout. Ready to see reds rally around him !

      • Wes

        If reds want to keep puig next year, even if he doesn’t want to be in cincy- all they have to do is make him a qualifying offer. No team is gonna give up a first rounder and no way he passes on that guaranteed money when more and many get burnt for passing.

        So then the following question is why would reds let him go ? They have no one in the same realm as him to play corner outfield and only one close is trammell yet it’ll be 2-3 more years til he’s on puigs level w a chance of flaring out all together. There were more puig jerseys in wrigley than maybe all other reds players combined. There’s little reason if none reds should not go all in on him.

      • Colorado Red

        Not sure I agree with you.
        Puig is playing very well of late.
        If he keeps it up, someone will pay him.
        Also note, he will have a lot of value at the deadline if we are not in the race.

  6. earmbrister

    It’s time for Cody Reed to be given an extended stint in MLB. He’s earned it. Probably gonna come at the cost of Peralta being optioned to AAA. Duke has been worse than Wandy, but he’s on the IL so he’s safe for the time being. Don’t know if Duke’s “injury” is of consequence and whether it affected his performance. Or, are the Reds giving him a chance to clear his head?

    Either way, it’s time for Superman Reed to show his stuff. Can’t wait to see if he’s turned a true corner.

    • Cguy

      Earned it as opposed to whom? Reed has to replace either Bowman, Peralta, or Stephenson. Reed has inferior career stats to both Peralta & Bowman. As for Stephenson, he has to pass through waivers to demote & that ain’t happening. Cody’s problem is that when there was lots of room on the active roster (2016 & 2017); he didn’t perform. Now he appears ready but the bullpen doesn’t have a lot of openings & the Reds no longer consider Cody a sp.

      • earmbrister

        Earned it as opposed to whom? Thought I covered that.

        As opposed to Peralta. Peralta had one good year, 2017. Keep Reed up after today, and option Peralta. Give Reed some extended time to show what he’s got.

      • Cguy

        Peralta’s had a couple bad outings in May. He was great in April. He’s just not going to be sent down to keep Reed on the active roster. As for Duke, I doubt they’ll release him while on the IL unless there’s something we don’t know. Successful ML bullpens just aren’t managed that way.

      • earmbrister

        Peralta has had a couple of HORRIBLE outings in May, plus a bad outing. I’m sorry but what Reds fan is confident when Peralta comes into the game? He was a really poor pitcher last year, and this year he’s been only marginally better.

        Yes, I would send Peralta down to AAA. I don’t think that he will become a better pitcher by going to the minors: he hasn’t really performed in the minors either. He is what he is. The Reds need to determine what they have in Reed. Reed has been excellent this year in AAA. At some point, he needs to convert his improved production in the minors to production in the big leagues. That time should be now, not in 2020 or beyond.

  7. DaveCT

    Reed, to me, is an excellent example of someone who just wasn’t ready when he made his debut.

    • Wes

      Maybe. Or maybe it’s taken him two years to learn how to untip your pitches?? He seemed to always have the stuff and then started to play it well and then it all fell apart with the tipping his pitches rumors….

  8. Simon Cowell

    Curious to see what the Reds do with Zach Duke when he is healthy. Cody Reed should take his slot.

  9. Oldtimer

    Reed has to go back tomorrow. He is the 26th man called up for DH today. The 26th man is only a one day call-up.

    • Oldtimer

      (Reds say) 26th man added

      Under the doubleheader rules, the Reds and Pirates can carry a 26th man on their rosters for the day. Cincinnati recalled left-handed reliever Cody Reed from Triple-A Louisville. Reed must go back to Louisville on Tuesday.

      • Colorado Red

        Unless he has met the 10 day call up rule.
        In which case, they can send someone else down.
        Nice 2 innings tonight.
        I would send Peralta down (or release him need be)

      • Oldtimer


        26th man added

        Under the doubleheader rules, the Reds and Pirates can carry a 26th man on their rosters for the day. Cincinnati recalled left-handed reliever Cody Reed from Triple-A Louisville. Reed must go back to Louisville on Tuesday.

      • Ryan

        Reading the rule, the only thing preventing Reed from being allowed to stay would be the 10 day minimum requirement he would serve for being optioned. That 10 day clock doesn’t restart either if he’s optioned back down.

      • Oldtimer

        I can only presume the Reds reds the rule and understand it better than we do. Please trust that they do.

  10. The Rage

    The Reds are grooming Stephenson to replace his role next year and doing the “confidence” building stuff with the low stress outings.

  11. RobL

    Hernandez and Garrett have each pitched in half of the Reds games this season. Their arms are going to fall off at this pace.

    The Reds aren’t getting rid of anybody because there are too many innings that need to be covered. Reed went 2 innings again, so he will go back down, because unlike with Hernandez or Lorenzen, they won’t use him for a day or two. At some point, Reed will be up for an extended time. But right now, his role is to come up and soak up a couple innings. As he continues to succeed in that role, he will get the opportunity to stay up, either through injury or Peralta continuing to struggle.

    • RobL

      I just looked, and Peralta has a WHIP of 1.13! Last 3 appearances cover 3.2 innings with one hit and 1 walk given up. And 4 strikeouts. Yeah, small sample, but it’s as many appearances as Reed.

      I will grant you, I never feel confident when Wandy comes in. But feelings aren’t always right.

      • Michael Smith


        Two previous outings to the last three he pitched 1.2 innings, 5 hits, 6 runs allowed.

  12. Oldtimer

    5/28/19 Cincinnati Reds optioned LHP Wandy Peralta to Louisville Bats.
    5/28/19 Cincinnati Reds recalled RHP Lucas Sims from Louisville Bats.
    5/28/19 LHP Cody Reed returned to Louisville Bats from Cincinnati Reds. (as required by the 26th man for a doubleheader rule)

    Doesn’t matter. He can’t pitch for up to 2 weeks due to injury anyway.