The Cincinnati Reds have signed right-handed pitcher Jermaine Vanheyningen to a minor league contract for the 2022 season. The 23-year-old pitched collegiately at Florence-Darlington before moving on to Florida International in 2021.

At 6′ 7″ and 235 lbs, Jermaine Vanheyningen is physically imposing on the mound. And with that size comes a whole lot of velocity, too. He sits in the upper 90’s and has reached 102 MPH with his fastball that has above-average spin rates. The righty also throws a cutter and a slurvy breaking ball.

But with all of that velocity comes plenty of struggles with throwing strikes. In his three seasons in college he walked 50 batters in 57.2 innings. He only had two more strikeouts than walks while in college, and when he made the jump up to Florida Atlantic he really struggled as he posted an ERA of 8.56 and walked 18 batters in 13.2 innings.

Here are his career stats from college:

Jermaine Vanheyningen Stats

After spending a bit of time looking for where Jermaine Vanheyningen pitched last summer following college I couldn’t find anything. It’s possible he did pitch somewhere, but I couldn’t find it.

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10 Responses

  1. Colorado Red

    In other news, I see the Reds signed Pedro Payano to a minor league contract (what else at this time).
    Who knows, maybe on of these long shots pans out?

    • LDS

      Like so many have over the last couple of years? Even former successful ML’ers like Doolittle crashed and burned. But at least they are cheap and that’s all that matters. What we used to call the “warm body theory” of management.

    • Krozley

      All the teams will need bodies in the upper levels of the minors if the major league season is delayed since 40 man roster players will be ineligible to participate. Starting pitchers Greene, Sanmartin, O’Brien, Marinan, and Solomon won’t be able to report and will need replacing. That could really hurt Solomon since he is trying to return from TJ surgery.

      • MK

        Doubt Jermaine would be considered upper level at this point. This year I would expect him at Low A at most