The Cincinnati Reds announced this afternoon that they have released right-handed reliever Alex Powers and outfielder Boog Powell. Both players were in the 60-man player pool and at the alternate site at Prasco Park. The organization’s player pool roster is now at 57.

Alex Powers was picked up by the Reds in 2016 after pitching independent league baseball in 2015 for the New Jersey Jackals (he had pitched for the White Sox organization in 2013 and 2014 in rookie ball and Low-A). After a solid first two seasons in the organization with Daytona and Pensacola in 2016 and 2017, Powers was flat out dominant in 2018 and 2019 between Double-A and Triple-A.

While pitching for Pensacola, Chattanooga, and Louisville over the previous two minor league seasons, Alex Powers posted a 1.96 ERA. The right-handed reliever threw 91.2 innings, walked 29 batters, and he struck out 121 of the hitters that he faced. He also picked up 26 saves in that time frame. For his efforts in the 2019 season he was named the Reliever of the Year in the organization.

Boog Powell last played in the Major Leagues in 2018 with the Oakland Athletics. In 2017 he saw time with both Seattle and Oakland in the big leagues, and in total he has 160 big league at-bats. After spending all of 2019 in the minor leagues with the San Diego Padres where he hit .288/.391/.438 for El Paso, the Reds signed him to a minor league deal in December and invited him to spring training. He only played in four games in the spring, going 2-8 with a home run and a walk. When baseball resumed in July, he was invited back as a part of the Reds player pool and had been at Prasco Park since.

Here’s the updated Prasco Park roster (players currently on the traveling taxi squad are included):

Pitchers Position Hitters Position
R.J. Alaniz RHP Mark Kolozsvary C
David Carpenter RHP Francisco Peña C
José De León RHP Tyler Stephenson C
Brandon Finnegan LHP Alex Blandino INF
Hunter Greene RHP Christian Colón INF
RyanHendrix RHP Robel García INF
Jay Jackson RHP Rece Hinds INF
Joel Kuhnel RHP Jonathan India INF
Nick Lodolo LHP Alfredo Rodriguez INF
Riley O’Brien RHP TJ Friedl OF
Sal Romano RHP Travis Jankowski OF
Tony Santillan RHP Mark Payton OF
Nick Williams OF

16 Responses

  1. SteveO

    Don’t understand the timing of this. Was it performance related? Did the players asked to be released?

    • Doug Gray

      I don’t have an answer to any of the questions, but the first thing that came into my mind was that another opportunity may have presented itself overseas. But for it to be two players at the same time certainly would be strange timing, too.

  2. MK

    Front Office seems to like collecting left-handed hitting outfielders who have very little power Powell was just one of the group: Jankowski, Akiyama, Payton, Williams, and now Goodwin. Easy to see why they would either cull the herd or for Powell to ask out.

    Power on the other hand looks like he might have deserved a shot.

  3. JNort11985

    Powers has done everything that has been asked of him and never got a shot. He was having a great Spring before the stoppage- but they keep giving guys like Jones, Thornburg, etc. chances. No wonder Matt Davidson has 3 appearances already ! Good luck to him, I have followed him since Daytona, maybe someone will give him a shot!

  4. seadog

    Neither one have any use for the MLB team going forward. Why not release both? I would say a good call. Seadog

  5. Bham Red

    BABIP is THE issue with these Reds. The lowest of all 30 teams last year was .280. We are dead last at .237. The Rangers are closest .20 points above us, then 2 teams at .274. The last three games agains the PIRATES it’s .118. That’s called “hitting it where they are!”

      • Billy

        Relative to other teams, the Reds are pull heavy when there is no shift, and they use the whole field more when (again, relative to other teams) when there is a shift. Something is going on, but I don’t know what it is.

      • BHam Red

        All I know is Baez had 3 singles yesterday, we’ve had 3 in total the last three games!

  6. Colorado Red

    Powers is the odd one.
    Seems he was getting close.
    Seems like the Reds cannot get our of there own way this year.

    • Red Thunder

      Reliever of the year to Release of the year. His arm must have turned to Jelly. Perplexing!

  7. IndyRedsFan

    Just wonder if they’re creating space to bring in a couple higher rated prospects for a bit of development before the end of the year.

    • RojoBenjy

      That’s a good idea—which is why i’m skeptical that it will happen.


  8. JB

    Powers was reliever of the year in the organization. You can never ever have enough relief pitching. But the Reds can collect the Colons and Jsnkowskis who are a dime a dozen. Again , this organization.

  9. indyDoug

    Did Powers hurt his arm or something? Peripherals look strong. Are we missing something? A little under 12K/9 and over 4-1 K/BB ratio?