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.
Set the o/u at 99.0 for peak velo in Live ABs today for FA @Karsen_Lindell…
Previous peak of 98.4
AVG FF today: 97.2 (t100.0) 19.2” VB
6 batters today: 4 K, 1 BB, GO
A few heaters for your viewing pleasure below ??? pic.twitter.com/iVzQMKxBX5
— Devin Rose (@Devin_Rose_) January 20, 2021
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.