Earlier this week the Cincinnati Reds released Nick Howard and Zack Godley. That opened up two spots on the Louisville Bats roster. Cincinnati quickly filled those spots by signing Deck McGuire and Justin Nicolino to minor league deals and assigning them to the Bats. But that same day they also signed Cory Wilder. He was assigned for the ACL Reds for the time being.
Deck McGuire and Justin Nicolino are coming back to the Reds organization for a second time. McGuire signed with the Cincinnati organization back in 2017 and pitched in Double-A with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos where he made 28 starts and posted a 2.79 ERA before getting a call up in September where he pitched in six games with the big league club – allowing four earned runs in 13.2 innings – though all of the runs came in his first big league start on September 26th against the Brewers.
He was non-tendered by the Reds following the season and signed with Toronto. The righty would spend parts of 2018 in the big leagues with both the Blue Jays and the Los Angeles Angels, posting a 6.16 ERA in 38.0 innings. That would be the last time he saw action in Major League Baseball. In 2019 he pitched in Korea and appeared to pitch nowhere in 2020. In the 2021 season he pitched in China. This season he had been pitching for Gastonia in the Atlantic League where he posted a 1.91 ERA in 37.2 innings.
Justin Nicolino pitched in Triple-A with Louisville during the 2018 season. He made 25 starts and posted a 4.69 ERA in 134.1 innings that season. Nicolino then signed with the Twins, but he was released on May 1st and signed by the White Sox a few days later. He struggled in Triple-A that season between his two stops, posting a 6.12 ERA. In 202 he pitched in China. The lefty didn’t pitch in the regular season in 2021, but did pitch in the Dominican Winter League briefly, throwing 4.2 innings with Aguilas Cibaenas. This year he was pitching with High Point in the Atlantic League where he posted a 2.06 ERA in 35.0 innings.
Cory Wilder has never pitched professionally. The 27-year-old pitched for four seasons at NC State from 2014-2017, but went undrafted. It appears that he’s been working as a pitching coach for Tread Athletics. Back in February he posted this video on Youtube of himself throwing, along with some metrics.
— cory wilder (@cory_wilder) February 25, 2022
Whether or not Cory Wilder will actually pitch in the ACL or not, I don’t know. For now he’s on the roster, but the season doesn’t begin until June 6th. He could be there simply because as a signed player he has to be on a roster somewhere and it’s just a holding spot. But perhaps given how long it’s been since he’s pitched, a short stay in the complex league would be warranted.