There is no Minor League Baseball season. And the Major League Baseball draft only had five rounds this year. But the Cincinnati Reds are still out there looking for talent to add to their organization and they did just that when they signed Carson Rudd, which was first reported by C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic. The right-handed pitcher pitched out of the Stanford bullpen from 2018-2020, and he also played summer ball in two different leagues.
The soon to be 22-year-old (September 17th) righty pitched in 38 games in college, all out of the bullpen, and posted a career ERA of 4.36. That said, hie ERA of 6.60 as a freshman skews things a little bit. In 2019 and 2020 he posted a combined ERA of 3.18 in 28.1 innings pitched. Over his 43.1 innings at Stanford he allowed just one home run – this past season – and had 22 walks with 30 strikeouts. He also hit six batters.
His control hasn’t been his strongest asset in his college career. And he also didn’t miss a ton of bats, either. Between 2019 and 2020 he did pick up a little bit of velocity, though, and was sitting 91-93 MPH and touched the mid-90’s every so often. He has also showed off a solid slider in the low-80’s during his career.
The signing of Rudd wasn’t all that they’ve been up to, though. Ben Badler of Baseball America reported on Friday afternoon that the team also dipped their toes in the international signing waters by picking up left-handed pitcher Nicolo Pinazzi. Badler notes that the 20-year-old is 6′ 2″ tall, weighs 190 lbs, and has been up to 92 MPH with his fastball. He also has a 12-6 curveball and a change up that he doesn’t use very often.
The Cincinnati Reds signed Italian LHP Nicolo Pinazzi.
6-2, 190 lbs, up to 92 mph with feel to spin a breaking ball at 20 years old.
— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) September 4, 2020