The Cincinnati Reds made a bunch of roster moves today in the minor leagues, but none seemed bigger than the promotion of left-handed pitcher and #2 prospect in the organization Nick Lodolo being promoted from Double-A Chattanooga to Triple-A Louisville.
This promotion probably would have come quite a bit earlier this season had Nick Lodolo not missed about a month with a blister issue. The left-handed starter skipped a start the first week of June when he developed a blister in his final start of May. He returned on June 12th, but left that start early when the blister developed again. Lodolo didn’t pitch again until July 6th, but hasn’t missed an outing since and also participated in The Futures Game during All-Star weekend.
During his 10 starts with the Lookouts the lefty posted a 1.84 ERA in 44.0 innings. He allowed just 31 hits – including one home run – to go along with just nine walks and he struck out 68 batters. Opponents hit just .196/.266/.247 against him on the season in 173 plate appearances. While he was dominant against lefties, holding them to a .406 OPS, he was very good against right-handed hitters, too. Righties managed to hit just .204/.283/.278 against him in his time in the Double-A South.
Other roster moves that came today were:
- Stevie Branche from Daytona to Dayton
- Evan Kravetz activated from the IL in Daytona then promoted to Dayton
- Tyler Garbee from Dayton to the ACL
- Juan Abril from Daytona to the ACL
- Anthony Zimmerman from the ACL to Daytona
- Jake Gozzo from the ACL to Daytona
Stevie Branche has been dominant for Daytona at the back of their bullpen at times. On the season he’s posted a 3.62 ERA in 37.1 innings with 23 hits allowed. He’s also struck out 68 batters. The flip side there is that he has struggled to throw strikes as he’s walked 24 batters and hit six more during the season.
Daytona is also losing a potential starter in Evan Kravetz. The big left-handed starter made six starts for the Tortugas earlier this year and posted a 1.64 ERA in 22.0 innings with 33 strikeouts. But he was injured on June 10th and left the game against Bradenton after the 1st inning. He didn’t pitch again for a month before returning to the mound on a rehab assignment with the Arizona Complex League Reds. He’s wound up making five starts in Arizona as he worked his way back. Now he’s ready to go again, but he will be joining High-A Dayton.