Despite being drafted in 2019, Levi Stoudt didn’t make his professional debut until 2021. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2019 and would have missed all of 2020 if the season hadn’t been cancelled. He split his season in 2021 between High-A Everett and Double-A Arkansas where he posted a 3.31 ERA in 15 starts.

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When the 2022 campaign began, Seattle sent Levi Stoudt back to Arkansas where he had made there starts the year before. In his first three starts of the year he pitched well, giving up just four runs in 16.0 innings (2.25 ERA) while striking out 18 batters and walking just three. But two of his next three starts didn’t go well, in particular his outing on May 8th where he allowed eight runs in just 4.0 innings.

Stoudt would rebound over the next three weeks, making four starts and allowing just five runs (2.14 ERA) while walking four batters and picking up 21 strikeouts in 21.0 innings. Things went south over the next six weeks, though, as he posted an ERA of 8.10 in seven starts from June 3rd through July 14th. He got nearly two weeks off before making his next start on July 26th, but he allowed just one run and walked no one in 6.0 innings that day. He was traded a week later to Cincinnati.

The Reds kept Stoudt in Double-A, sending him to join Chattanooga in Birmingham where he tossed 5.0 shutout innings for the Lookouts on August 3rd. That would be his only start with Chattanooga as the Reds promoted him to Triple-A after that outing. His first start came against Iowa and saw him give up four runs in 5.0 innings. Five days later he’d give up two runs in 2.1 innings against them, too, and then missed the next three-and-a-half weeks. Upon his return he would pitch in four games, but the Reds limited his pitches and he threw just 11.2 innings in those four starts. He did give up just one run while walking six batters and striking out 11.

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Levi Stoudt Scouting Report

Position: Right-handed pitcher | B/T: R/R

Height: 6′ 1″ | Weight: 195 lbs | Acquired: 3rd Round 2019 Draft (Trade, Mariners 2022)

Born: December 4, 1997

Fastball | An above-average pitch that works in the mid-90’s at times and touches 98.

Slider | An average offering that will flash better every so often.

Curveball | An average offering that he threw in the mid-70’s.

Splitter | A pitch that flashes above-average to plus, but has been inconsistent.

Levi Stoudt has four quality offerings and two of them are often above-average with the fastball and splitter. There’s been inconsistency with the crispness of his stuff, though, as well as the consistency with his ability to throw strikes.

The control issues tend to be more with his secondary offerings than his fastball, though he doesn’t command the fastball well. Even though his walk rate was good in Double-A this season, it’s been iffy at best at his other stops along the way. If he’s going to remain a starting pitcher in the long term then he’s going to have to show that his walk rate in 2022 at the Double-A level can translate.

The inconsistency with both his stuff and his control, combined with the fact that he’s already 25-years-old likely means his leash is going to be short when it comes to proving things when it comes to being a starter. A transition to the bullpen may help with both his control and consistency as he could focus on fewer offerings. As a reliever he could profile as a late innings type with a mid-to-upper 90’s fastball and potentially plus splitter.


Interesting Stat on Levi Stoudt

His splits in Triple-A were drastically different. Lefties hit .333/.476/.485 against him with 9 walks and 5 strikeouts. Righties hit .162/.200/.189 against him with 1 walk and 10 strikeouts. In Double-A he was much better against lefties than he was against righties where left-handed hitters had a .626 OPS against him with 13 walks and 39 strikeouts, while right-handed hitters had an .821 OPS against him with 9 walks and 49 strikeouts.

8 Responses

  1. MBS

    Stoudt and Williamson 23 will mirror Gutierrez and Santillan 21, both will get a shot at starting on the Reds, one will stick, and the other moves to the pen before the year is up.

  2. SultanofSwaff

    Doesn’t seem very repeatable in the video. Could be that he’s throwing 4 different offerings with each having a different release point. Nice arm action though….seems like he’d be well served to curtail the repertoire.

    Absolutely need two players emerge from the Castillo trade who are solid contributors for it to feel like a win.

    • Old Big Ed

      Yeah, looking at the video, he may be headed to the bullpen. He has only started so far in MiLB. He is from Lehigh University, which is off the beaten baseball path.

      If the Reds can coach another couple of MPHs into his fastball, and tighten up his slider, he could contribute.

  3. DaveCT

    I’m not too concerned about his age, to be honest, as he’s missed two full season since being drafted due to TJ (2019) and Covid (2020). So there isn’t very high mileage on the arm, one, and his two years of pro ball have seen him move from Hi-A to AA, then AA to AAA. So even if his third active year of pitching as a pro will be as a 25 year old, he’s still somewhat young in his development. Let’s see if a year in the DJ top to bottom pitching development program brings.

  4. Redsvol

    After reading dougs’ synopsis of his 2022 season I’m disappointed we didn’t push harder for a dfferient Seattle mariners pitching propect. Stoudts 2022 experience suggests some arm/fatigue issues. This should have been obvious at the trade deadline. Hopefully he is healthy because someone throwing 4 average to hood pitchers could become a good mlb starter.

    • DaveCT

      At a minimum, it suggests they were being cautious in protecting his arm, and is consistent with how they handled Lodolo and Greene among others last season. He went from 81 innings pitched the year before coming off Tommy John to his 111 innings last season, which also included the lockout. There were so many injuries last year across the board, it could well have been both fatigue and an abundance of caution. We should know more this year, one way or the other, I suppose. As the third piece in the Castillo trade, getting Seattle’s no. 8 guy in addition to the no’s. 1 and 2 guys and Andrew Moore at 28 still seems positive.

  5. Mike in Ottawa

    Seems to me any pitcher who has had Tommy John, is a ticking time bomb. It is always a gamble with them.