Nick Lodolo made his fourth start of the season for the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts this season and the reigning Double-A South Pitcher of the Week made a good case to pick up the award again next week. The Cincinnati Reds 2nd rated prospect fired 7.0 shutout innings on five hits and a walk while striking out eight batters. Lodolo threw 97 pitches with 72 strikes on the night and induced nine ground outs with just two fly outs as he lowered his ERA on the season to 0.40.

On May 12th, his second start of the year, Nick Lodolo had what was probably the first real hiccup of his career in the minor leagues when he walked four batters and only recorded one out in the 4th inning before exiting the game. He’s been a force in the two starts since then (and the one that came before it, too) as he’s thrown 14.1 innings with just six hits and two walks while striking out 19 and not allowing a run against Mississippi and Tennessee.

After the start, Nick Lodolo leads the Double-A South in ERA – teammates Reiver Sanmartin (0.50) and Hunter Greene (1.69) rank 2nd and 4th in the league. The lefty trails only Hunter Greene in strikeouts, with Greene out in front by one. Lodolo’s 0.84 WHIP ranks second in the league to teammate Sanmartin (0.72), with Greene sitting in third at 0.89.

Alex McGarry just keeps hitting

When the Reds broke from spring training in Goodyear Alex McGarry had to stay back at the spring training facility. The first baseman wasn’t there long as an injury opened up a spot in the first week of the year in Daytona and McGarry hopped on a plane to join the Low-A affiliate. He homered in the first two games with the Tortugas and then in two of the next five, giving him four in just seven games in the Low-A Southeast.

But there was movement up the chain and the roster reaction led to McGarry getting promoted up to join the Dayton Dragons. After going 0-3 with a walk in his first game with the team on Saturday he picked up two hits and an RBI on Sunday. It was on Tuesday night where he really made his presence felt. In the first game in Dayton’s home stand he homered twice and picked up a single. The former Oregon State Beaver is now hitting .389/.477/.972 on the season with six home runs in 10 games played between his two stops.

3 Responses

  1. Old Big Ed

    I don’t see how they keep Alex McGarry out of the Hall of Fame.

    You gotta love those Oregon State Beaver hitters.

  2. RojoB

    A lot of fun in the farm system yesterday!

    Someone has said several days ago that McGarry was a real steal for the Reds. It will be fun to see your updated prospect list, Doug!

  3. The Rage

    Hopefully a Lodolo promotion is coming soon