Yesterday afternoon Cincinnati Reds 2nd rated prospect Nick Lodolo left the game while facing a batter to start the 5th inning. He threw a pitch, walked to the back of the mound and began looking at his hand and then called for the trainer to come out to the mound. After some discussion he exited the game. With how things work in baseball right now there isn’t open access to the manager or players following games, so there was just speculation as to why Lodolo exited the game. This afternoon I was able to confirm that he did leave the game due to a blister on his pitching hand.

The good news is that there’s no “real” injury here. Blisters suck, especially for pitchers, and sometimes they can be an issue for a little bit of time, but they generally are taken care of rather quickly and aren’t something that is a true threat to the future of a player. Sigh of relief for that one.

Reds release two players in Louisville

The Cincinnati Reds have released Cheslor Cuthbert and Nicky Delmonico. Both players were with Triple-A Louisville. For Cuthbert the 2021 season was a struggle of sorts. He played in 20 games and had 13 walks to go with 13 strikeouts in 84 plate appearances. That’s the good side of things. But he struggled to find hits as he posted a .211/.333/.352 line with four doubles and two home runs. The 28-year-old from Corn Island, Nicaragua now leaves the organization without a chicken farmer and honestly, the organization is worse off for that reason alone.

Nicky Delmonico, like Cuthbert, is a former big leaguer who was struggling to find hits in Louisville. He posted a .221/.312/.382 line for the Bats in 19 games with nine walks and 23 strikeouts in 77 plate appearances. This 28-year-old is not a chicken farmer as far as we know.

Reds sign Hayden Shenefield

Cincinnati made a signing official on Monday as they picked up right-handed pitcher Hayden Shenefield according to Jamie Ramsey. He’s never pitched in affiliated baseball. In college he attended San Diego State and attempted to walk on the baseball team but never made the cut. He graduated with a degree in business in four years. He then moved on to Grossmont College where he did make the baseball team and he went 8-0 with 76 strikeouts in seven starts and 17 relief appearances to go along with a 1.56 ERA in 80.2 innings. He then moved on to Cal State Northridge as a 23-year-old senior where he pitched in 26 games, with three starts, posting a 3.86 ERA with 11 walks and 35 strikeouts in 32.2 innings.

Hayden Shenefield spent both the 2019 and 2020 seasons pitching independent league baseball in the Frontier League, the American Association, and then the All-American Baseball Challenge League in 2020. He was dominant in 2020 for New Jersey, posting a 1.71 ERA in 21.0 innings with two walks and 33 strikeouts.

The most recent scouting report on him is actually a little over a year old, but he was throwing 92-96 with his fastball, a slider in the low-to-mid 80’s with a high spin rate, a change up in the low 80’s, and a curveball in the upper 70’s with a high spin rate.

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11 Responses

  1. SteveO

    2 of Barrero, DeLeon or Lopez being promoted to the Bats? Another possibility is Trahan coming off restricted list. Smith Jr. also a candidate to be released. Bell should see more time in LF for Bats. Freeman at 1B with Lopez, Barrero and Rodriguez.

    • SteveO

      Forgot about Aquino ready for rehab assignment soon. Should get a lot of ABs with the Bats

    • MK

      Trahan retired and now works in the agriculture industry. I think he shows up on the list because the Reds still control his rights.

      • SteveO

        Thanks for the info MK. I wonder what the status for others on the restricted list like Fossas, Hunter, Jordan, Raby, Bennett and Stallings. There are a few on the temporary inactive list as well.

    • Doug Gray

      Michael De Leon was promoted. Cionel Perez was sent down. That’s the two roster spots.

      With two guys being released on the same day I wonder if they didn’t have “opt outs” by the 31st if they weren’t called up by then. That’s what it feels like to me.

      • SteveO

        Thanks for the info. I think you’re right Doug. That’s what I was thinking too.

  2. Dave Goldstein

    Doug, I’m a Mets fan from the 60’s so I find it very hard to follow the Big Red Machine, but I have a interest due to Randy Wynne P at Chattanooga that is one of the nicest young men your going to meet. A minor and other league grinder and hopeful future success story, that last played season struck out 17 in a game which if that was LLBB you would keep on eye on that kid. What your take, being so infused. Thanks Man.

    • Moses

      Now THAT’S a post that would benefit from a bit of editing…

    • Doug Gray

      From a stuff perspective he’s got very little wiggle room for error. The good news is that he’s got command. That stuff shows up in the stats a bit, too. He’s given up more hits than you would expect given his lack of walks and strikeouts he’s had. When he locates very well he gets it done. But when he misses just a little bit hitters are able to take advantage of it.

  3. Marty

    I like he sound of Shenefield.. That’s a story most fans can appreciate especially if he hits it big.