The Cincinnati Reds made two roster moves this morning. They re-instated Jose Iglesias from paternity leave. To create room for him on the roster, Josh VanMeter was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.
For Josh VanMeter, he’ll head back to the International League, where he was the Player of the Month in April before being called up. With the Reds he had limited playing time, getting an occasional start, but mostly was used in a pinch hitting role. He only hit .220 in his time with the Reds, and had just 2 extra-base hits – both doubles, in 49 trips to the plate over 28 games played. But what he did do was get on base. He posted a .347 on-base percentage in his time in Cincinnati thanks to a good plate approach that saw him walk just over 12% of the time.
Jose Siri promoted to Triple-A
Prior to the Louisville Bats game in Gwinnett on Tuesday night, the Cincinnati Reds promoted Jose Siri to Triple-A Louisville. The outfielder had been in Double-A Chattanooga where he hit .270/.323/.370 with 17 steals, 18 walks, and 78 strikeouts in 253 plate appearances. He started for the Bats in center field on Tuesday and led off. He went 0-4 with a walk, and he threw out two different runners on the bases – one at home and one at third base to send the game into extra-innings.
Wendell Marrero makes his first hit a bit one
The Cincinnati Reds drafted Wendell Marrero with their 11th round pick out of Puerto Rico earlier this month. He was assigned to the Arizona League Reds, and after going 0-4 in his debut, he took the field again on Tuesday night. In the 8th inning, sitting on an 0-3 night, he gave the AZL Reds the lead with his first hit, and first home run of his professional career.
Nick Travieso returns to the mound
September 5, 2016. That was the last day that Nick Travieso pitched in a baseball game. And it was a good one, too. That night he threw 7.2 shutout innings with a walk and 6 strikeouts for the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos as he wrapped up his season. But things didn’t go so well moving forward. The right-handed pitcher missed all of the 2017 season after having shoulder surgery. Then he missed all of the 2018 season because of that shoulder surgery. And he missed the first half of the 2019 season as he continued to battle back from that shoulder surgery.
Last night in Billings, Montana, Nick Travieso took the mound in a game. He came out of the bullpen for the Mustangs against the Great Falls Voyagers to start the 6th inning. The results weren’t great – he walked 3 batters and allowed a hit to go along with 1 strikeout in 0.2 innings. But that doesn’t really matter. For the first time in nearly three years he was out on the field in a game that counts in a record book.