Nick Lodolo, the Cincinnati Reds 1st round draft pick from 2019 and their #2 overall prospect will start on Tuesday evening against the Detroit Tigers – first reported by C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic.
For Nick Lodolo it’s going to give him an opportunity to match up against Major Leaguers for several innings. It should be a good learning experience for him – and that’s going to be true whether or not he is successful or not. There will be something learned one way or the other.
Unfortunately it seems that the game is not going to be available to watch anywhere. The only place you can follow along appears to be on the radio on 700 WLW. That’s a bit of a bummer. It would have been nice to see the lefty in action against big league hitters.
For those keeping track at home, Tuesday would be the normal day for Trevor Bauer to throw to keep him on target to pitch on Sunday in the regular season. He’ll instead be pitching over at Prasco Park. That makes plenty of sense given that the Tigers will also be the Reds opponent on Sunday and they won’t have Bauer fresh on their minds when the games count in this scenario.
Derek Dietrich opts out
Derek Dietrich has opted out of his contract with the Cincinnati Reds. The utility-man had just joined the team’s 60-man player pool on July 15th after having tested positive for COVID-19 and having to recover before being eligible to return. The Reds placed him on the alternate site roster over the weekend, signaling that he was not going to make the opening day roster. Manager David Bell noted that they felt he would need a little more time before being ready. Dietrich, however, now becomes a free agent who is eligible to sign with any of the other 29 teams in baseball. He, however, is no longer allowed to sign with the Reds this season since he was removed from their player pool.
With Dietrich no longer on the teams roster, the player pool is down to 56 players. The “active” roster hasn’t changed since the team last made moves over the weekend since Dietrich was no longer on that side of things. David Bell said that he hopes to have the opening day roster “in the next 24 hours” when speaking to reporters earlier on Monday afternoon.