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.