The Cincinnati Reds farm system has had their fair share of minor league prospects who have been named the Hitter or Pitcher of the Week, and this week they’ve got another one. Carson Spiers has been named as the High-A Central Pitcher of the Week for his performance last week with the Dayton Dragons.
It’s got to be rare that a relief pitcher wins a Pitcher of the Week award. They simply don’t tend to have those “standout games” that a starter does. But for Carson Spiers that wasn’t the case. On June 8th it was a tough start for Dayton as they allowed seven runs over the first two innings of the game. That’s when the game was turned over to Spiers out of the Dragons bullpen. The righty had been starting earlier in the year when he was with the Daytona Tortugas, and it was just two weeks since he made his last start, so he was ready to eat some innings.
Trailing 7-0, Carson Spiers took over and dominated against the Great Lakes Loons. He shut them down, holding them to one hit and one walk in 6.0 shutout innings of relief with nine strikeouts. He would also watch his offense put up eight runs as they completed a comeback to earn him the win. On Sunday he came on once again out of the bullpen and threw 1.1 hitless innings against the Loons. In total he allowed one hit, walked one batter, and hit one batter in 7.1 combined shutout innings.
On the season Carson Spiers has now made four starts and five relief appearances between his time in Low-A Daytona with the Tortugas and High-A Dayton with the Dragons. He’s thrown 35.0 innings with a 3.86 ERA, allowed 27 hits, 3 home runs, walked just 7 batters, and he’s struck out 42 hitters this season.
Other Player of the Week winners in the Cincinnati Reds Farm System
- Graham Ashcraft – May 31-June 6 – Dayton
- Nick Lodolo – May 17-May 23 – Chattanooga
- Hunter Greene – May 10-May16 – Chattanooga
- Brian Rey – May 4-9, May 10-16 – Dayton
- Lyon Richardson – May 4-May 9 – Dayton