The Cincinnati Reds have signed two pitchers to minor league contracts in the last 36 hours. Right-handed pitcher Karsen Lindell, who had previously pitched in the Milwaukee Brewers organization signed on Saturday. On Friday the team re-signed right-handed pitcher Walker Weickel, who had signed for the 2020 season, but never pitched due to the cancelled season.

Karsen Lindell can bring the heat. As you can see in the video above, he’s already hitting 100 MPH this offseason. That will play.

The right-handed Lindell was drafted in the 9th round out of high school back in 2015 by the Milwaukee Brewers. He spend 2015-2017 in rookie ball for Milwaukee. Between their complex level team in Arizona and their Pioneer League affiliate in Helena, Lindell posted ERA’s of 5.81, 8.89, and 7.45 while walking 74 batters in 111.2 innings pitched. In both the 2016 and 2017 seasons he had more walks than strikeouts. The Brewers released him following the 2017 season. After not pitching during 2018, he threw for Milwaukee scouts in February, but it wasn’t until after he made an appearance for a semi-pro team in Seattle and struck out eight batters in 3.0 innings that the Brewers called him and offered him a contract.

In the 2019 season he joined Rocky Mountain – the Brewers then affiliate in the Pioneer League and this time around he found success. He posted a 3.12 ERA in 49.0 innings and made the All-Star team. He picked up 67 strikeouts and allowed 33 hits to go with 28 walks. The walk rate was still high, but it was improved over his past. He also pitched in one game in Triple-A with San Antonio during the year.

When Walker Weickel was last on the mound in 2019 he was pitching for Double-A Frisco in the Texas Rangers organization. The right-handed reliever pitched in 43 games with a 3.63 ERA in 72.0 innings with 29 walks and 62 strikeouts. If you want to read more about his entire career, here’s a link to the piece I wrote last January when he signed with Cincinnati. He was working with a fastball in the 93-95 MPH range that touches higher, as well as a mid-80’s change up and a slider in the low 80’s.

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16 Responses

  1. Stock

    Two more hard throwers who have control issues. The theme continues.

    • Doug Gray

      Walker Weickel has walked 85 guys over his last 4 seasons over 270.1 innings. That’s a walk rate of 2.83 batters per 9-innings pitched. That’s actually a fairly good walk rate.

      • Stock

        He has a respectable BB/9 for pitchers who strike out 9+ per 9 IP. But for a pitcher who strkes out 7.75/9 his control has to improve. Pitchers who pitch to contact should have fewer K/9 and fewer BB/9.

        Additionally, I kind of discount any statistics where you are old for your level. A 24/25 year old pitching in A ball should have a good BB/9.

        Considering his low K% he should have a much lower BB/9 His k/BB in 2019 was 2.14. This is far to low for a 25 year old pitcher in AA who strikes out so few hitters. He needs to dramatically improve his control to have any shot at the majors. Hence, he has control issues.

      • Doug Gray

        You are really trying hard to qualify this to fit your narrative. Throwing strikes is throwing strikes.

        If you want to talk about getting to the Majors, it’s not the control/strike throwing that’s got to improve, it’s the ability to miss bats.

      • MK

        Think Weickel was a high school teammate of Jesse Winker. What are the odds of two High School teammates being drafted highly at same time whose names begin with a W.

  2. MuddyCleats

    Nothing wrong w/ kicking the tires; maybe they’ll find a diamond in the rough ?

  3. enfueago

    I expect many of these guys will be very different after the year with no organized ball — both good and bad. Has anyone seen any articles examining how players coped and tried to continue developing without games? Pitchers in particular had a lot more time to work on their technique without having to worry about being ready for the next game.

  4. MK

    Doug, Do we know the status of all the other released minor leaguers and do the Reds have enough players at this point to fill the roster spots for the 5 US teams?

    • Doug Gray

      I’m just guessing here, but yeah, they’ve got enough players. The question is do they have enough depth/quality to do so. There are a lot of rookie-ball level guys still around that need sorted out, so to speak to figure out who’s moving up to full season (and potentially where – there could be some guys that jump over Low-A and go straight to Dayton), who is going to remain in Arizona, and who is going to be released.

      • Billy

        With the thinning of the number of teams per organization, who’s going to get left out? With the teams going away being short season leagues, does that imply that teams will employ fewer lottery ticket types, and that the full season leagues will be pretty similar to what they were before? Or, will teams push younger kids more aggressively to full season ball, leaving organizational filler being the ones pushed out? Or, will teams just not draft those late round selections that would have been used to fill out short season rosters in years past?

      • Doug Gray

        I think it’s going to depend on each organization, honestly. And we are going to have to wait and see how teams respond, too. As of right now teams can have two DSL teams, and they can also have two US complex level teams if they choose. Essentially, that could lead to more roster spots IF a team was willing to spend the money to make it happen (player salaries, coaches salaries, trainer salaries, housing stipdends, insurance – all that kind of stuff).

        With regards to who gets pushed of those that stick around…. I’m pretty interested in this, too. I think that Double-A and Triple-A talent levels will remain the same as they were in the past. But I really do wonder if we don’t see a slightly watered down Low and Advanced-A because of this. I don’t know that it will be less “prospecty” – those guys aren’t going to get cut. But they might be pushed up when they wouldn’t have been in the past because they need to play. It’s going to be interesting.

  5. Michael Mayne

    I am always for signing hard throwing pitchers, expert control pitchers, even if a bit soft tossing, hitters than can hit it 500 feet and hitters that walk more than they K. Anything else is…bad.

    • IndyRedsFan

      Thanks for the link MK. Good background….looks like a kid we can all root for.

  6. Hoyce

    Hey Doug… what does the Dodgers Bauer $100+M signing exactly mean for the reds? Is it a comp pick after round 1? I think??