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):
|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|
|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|