The Cincinnati Reds have made their first round of September call-ups today. Prior to the double header against St. Louis today they recalled infielder Alex Blandino, as well as pitchers Matt Bowman, Tyler Mahle, Wandy Peralta, and Sal Romano.
Alex Blandino being the lone position player called up right now isn’t a surprise. Louisville still has two games remaining this season, and without much playing time to go around, there’s not much of a reason to move around players in the farm system for just two days. Blandino missed the first half of the season while recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL that he suffered last season in Cincinnati. When he was healthy and ready to begin playing he was optioned to Triple-A Louisville where he’s hit .247/.386/.372 this year in 70 games. He can cover you at shortstop, second base, and third base. As a starter, he’s stretched at shortstop, and his bat doesn’t do much at third base. But as a back up, he’s capable to cover all three spots.
Sal Romano was with the team yesterday, but as the 26th man on the roster. That technically meant he went back to the minors following the double header, so for transaction purposes he had to be recalled again today. Going back two months, aside from his one outing against Washington on August 14th, Romano has dominated. Dating back to June 26th he’s thrown 36 innings and allowed just 8 earned (2.00 ERA) with 25 hits allowed, 8 walks, and he’s struck out 40 batters.
For Wandy Peralta, since being sent down to Triple-A earlier this year he’s allowed four runs in 11.0 innings (3.27 ERA) with just 1 walk. He’s struck out seven batters along the way, too.
Matt Bowman is rejoining the Reds as well. When used correctly, he’s dominated this season. His ERA in Louisville is 2.13. He pitched very well against right-handed hitters for the Bats and the Reds this season. Left-handed hitters are hitting .292/.389/.406 against him with 16 walks and 18 strikeouts. Right-handed hitters have a .189/.250/.291 line against him. If he’s used almost exclusively against right-handed hitters, he’s got a chance to be quite valuable.
Tyler Mahle will be getting one of the starts in today’s double header. The 24-year-old lost his spot in the rotation when Alex Wood was healthy. He has made 19 starts for Cincinnati this year and posted a 4.93 ERA in 102.1 innings. He made pitched just 9.0 innings for Louisville as he missed some time with a hamstring injury, but he’s given up four runs, walked three batters, and struck out 13 in that stretch.
The season is over for the teams in Double-A and Triple-A on Monday. I would look for, and expect to see more moves made then. Tuesday should see another round of call ups. I am not expecting to see anyone not on the 40-man roster recalled. But I don think we’ll see the likes of Brian O’Grady, Jimmy Herget, and maybe Keury Mella join the team.