The Cincinnati Reds announced this afternoon that they have outrighted right-handed reliever R.J. Alaniz to Triple-A Louisville.
#Reds RHP R.J. Alaniz has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Louisville. The 40-man roster is now at 38.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) December 9, 2019
The Reds picked up R.J. Alaniz on waivers on May 31st of the 2019 season from Seattle. He had pitched for the Mariners during April, appearing in four games – though things did not go well as he allowed 10 earned runs in 4.0 innings before heading back to Triple-A Tacoma.
Once the right-handed reliever joined the Reds organization, Cincinnati sent him to Triple-A Louisvlle. He spent the next two-and-a-half months pitching out of the Bats bullpen. Mostly throwing late in games, he found success in the International League. In his 25 games he threw 27.2 innings, allowed just one home run, walked 11 batters, and he struck out 31 while posting an ERA of 2.93.
The Reds recalled the 28-year-old righty in the middle of August. His first week back in the Major Leagues was a successful one as he tossed 3.2 shutout innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three batters. But he didn’t see much time on the mound moving forward, and in his next four appearances over the next three weeks he allowed seven earned runs in just 6.0 innings. He wouldn’t pitch for nearly two weeks before making his final appearance of the year against Pittsburgh on September 28th where he tossed 2.0 shutout innings against the Pirates to close out the season on a high note. In total for Cincinnati he pitched 11.2 innings on the year in eight games. He walked four batters with seven strikeouts and posted a 5.40 ERA.
The timing of the move is interesting. Cincinnati had an open spot on the roster as it was. So the move wasn’t made to clear a spot for a single player. It’s possible they just felt the timing was right to put him on waivers and still have a chance to retain him in the organization. We’ll have to wait and see what, if anything comes of that roster spot in the next day or two, but it’s timing certainly is intriguing at the moment.