The Cincinnati Reds have gone back to not only the Frontier League, but to the Florence Freedom to pick up another pitcher. Yesterday they signed right-handed pitcher Johnathon Tripp to a minor league contract. He has been assigned to the Greeneville Reds to begin his professional career.

The 25-year-old played three seasons at Texas Tech from 2013-2015. He then sat out a season before completing his college time as a senior at New Mexico. He was mostly a reliever at Texas Tech, pitching in 40 games and making just seven starts. At New Mexico he made 13 starts and two relief appearances.

He went undrafted and unsigned following the 2017 season at New Mexico and signed on to play in the Pecos League with California City where he made five starts down the stretch for them. Last year he spent the entire year with the Florence Freedom, posting a 2.70 ERA in 38 relief appearances that spanned 43.1 innings with 15 walks (4 intentional) and 55 strikeouts while racking up 15 saves. This season he’s been even better. Back with the Freedom he posted a 1.06 ERA and picked up 13 saves in 42.1 innings. He walked just 10 batters and had 41 strikeouts.

13 Responses

  1. Doc

    You have to like the confidence and attitude of a guy who goes undrafted and unsigned, but continues to chase his dream.

  2. Simon Cowell

    I would not bet against this guy making it to the majors.

      • Simon Cowell

        I was just trying to be positive and demonstrate how impressive it is for this guy to continually fight to play the game he loves.

  3. RojoBenjy

    Does Greeneville need pitching? Or do the Reds see something more?

    • Doug Gray

      The Reds are very low on pitching. They have been all year. There’s been an incredibly high number of undrafted pitcher signings and indy ball pitcher signings this year. Injuries have depleted an already short supply of pitchers.

      • Curt

        Which is why I ask, why would they give Mantiply, a lefty, to the Yankees for nothing. What am I missing?

      • Doug Gray

        They didn’t give him to them for nothing. They got an unspecified amount of cash in return for him. He wasn’t in the Reds plans moving forward, so they got something for him while there was something being offered.

  4. Simon Cowell

    Aquino and Vanmeter makes me wonder if we shouldn’t pay more attention to AAA stats.

    • Michael Smith

      @Simon. I think we should always pay attention to guys who are 200 ops points above league average

    • Curt

      With more competition than ever and the same limited number of jobs in the MLB, is it possible that in 2019 the leap from AAA to the bigs just isn’t the leap that it used to be. Or put another way, more MLB ready players than ever are blocked/stuck in AAA because no openings are available.

  5. Simon Cowell

    If I wasn’t blocked on RLN I’d give you money over there as well. Just saying… when was the last time I posted a negative post? Don’t you believe in second chances?

    • Doug Gray

      There’s no way to “give money” at Redleg Nation.

      I do know this much: I didn’t ban you at Redleg Nation because when I ban someone here or there, I ban them at both places. Since you aren’t banned here, that means you were banned by another person who was moderating the comments there.

      And I believe in *some* second chances.