The Cincinnati Reds have signed minor league free agent Walker Weickel according to the most recent transactions sheet over at Baseball America.. The right-handed pitcher had spent his career in the San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers farm system before signing with Cincinnati.

The Padres selected Walker Weickel with the 55th overall pick in 2012 out of Olympia High School. If that school sounds familiar, it’s the same school that Jesse Winker went to, and they were both drafted in the same season as supplemental 1st round picks that year. His journey through the minor leagues wasn’t as swift as it was for Winker.

Things were tough for the 6′ 6″ righty in the early stages of his career. He only threw 14.0 innings in his first year after being drafted – par for the course among high school pitchers. But the next two seasons he threw 110.2 and 113.2 innings, but also posted a 5.04 and a 5.94 ERA in those seasons. San Diego felt comfortable promoting him to Advanced-A in 2015 despite the struggles the year before. The Padres decided to place him in the bullpen, where he made seven appearances and one spot start, throwing just 12.1 innings before being injured. His season would come to an end in early May and he would undergo Tommy John surgery.

Walker Weickel would rehab for most of the next year and a half, returning to the mound in August of 2016 with the Padres Arizona League club before making four appearances with their rookie-level team in Tri-City in the Northwest League before the season ended. The next spring the Padres released him during spring training. Texas would sign him a few weeks later, but he wouldn’t join a club for them until June when he went all of the way back to Low-A with the Hickory Crawdads. The Rangers decided to give him another shot at starting and the then 23-year-old found success, posting a 3.01 ERA with 15 walks and 62 strikeouts.

In 2018 he moved up to Advanced-A with Texas and continued starting, but was inconsistent as he psoted a 4.92 ERA in 100.2 innings with 34 walks and 96 strikeouts. He got a late promotion to Double-A Frisco where he made one start and four relief appearances. He was a free agent following the season, but quickly re-signed with the Rangers organization. Last year he spent the whole season back in Double-A Frisco, this time as a reliever once again. He pitched in 42 games out of their bullpen and made a spot start last year with a 3.63 ERA in 72.0 innings. That came along with 29 walks and 62 strikeouts.

Walker Weickel Scouting Report

While he’s a reliever today, he’s got a starters background and still has a starters arsenal to work with. He has a fastball, slider, and change up – though the curve doesn’t show up as often as the other offerings. His fastball works in the 93-95 MPH range that will touch higher every so often. He will mix in a change up in the 85-87 MPH range, along with a slider in the low 80’s. None of the pitches really jump out at you. But none of them are poor pitches, either.

About The Author

Doug Gray is the owner and operator of this website and has been running it since 2006 in one variation or another. You can follow him on twitter @dougdirt24, or follow the site on Facebook. and Youtube.

Related Posts

7 Responses

  1. Oldtimer

    Decent MiLB depth but I don’t expect he will be a Red in 2020.

    • Charles Lackey

      RESS..Why sign these type of players? More than likely they’ll not stay with the club. HOW ABOUT GETTING A COUPLE OF THE GOOD REMAINING FREE AGENTS? Is there anyone in the Reds Front Office that really wants to at least contend?

      • Doug Gray

        Unless they cut him, he’s staying. So, there’s that. And then there’s the fact that this is for the minor leagues – he’s not even in big league camp. Someone has to pitch in the minor leagues. Take a deep breath.

  2. Big Ed

    I’d put this in the “why not” category. Low risk, and a plausible project for the pitching coaches.

    Jesse Winker must have had some played some part of this. Winker was scheduled for the South tour of the Reds Caravan for Saturday, where Dick Williams also was.

    Walker Weickel adds another Law Firm name to the organization. Tucker Barnhart is the only real law firm on the MLB team, but the minors have Stuart Fairchild, Hunter Greene, Tyler Thornhill and Connor Bennett.

  3. John Bolton

    Reds are making baby moves like a clueless franchise. They say the same thing every winter but come out with the same results. We need a young billionaire owner with the goal of winning and nothing else.I’m tired of being lied to. Stop telling me we’re gonna REALLY INCREASE PAYROLL because it’s only minimal. They don’t sign young stars because they probably lowball them. Just a pathetic bottom basement mentality. All of these recent minor league signings are all garbage so Just sell the team and get experienced office management here.

    We don’t allow cursing here, so please watch your language in the future.