The Cincinnati Reds signed another free agent pitcher, picking up 29-year-old right-handed pitcher Ryan Meisinger on Friday. This is just one of several pick ups to help fill in the gaps after numerous injuries and releases have led to some shortage of pitching at the upper levels of the organization.
Cincinnati signed Ryan Meisinger on Friday and assigned him to Double-A Chattanooga. He had been a free agent after pitching in Triple-A and the Atlantic League with the Long Island Ducks in 2022. Meisinger was released by Arizona after the first two months last season in Triple-A Reno where he had a 6.14 ERA in 14.2 innings. He signed with Long Island less than two weeks later and pitched in 22 games – including making six starts – with the Ducks, posting a 7.06 ERA in 43.1 innings with 31 walks and 48 strikeouts.
The 29-year-old pitcher has seen action in parts of three big league seasons. He made his debut with the Baltimore Orioles in 2018. He pitched in 18 games that season with the Orioles, making one start and 17 relief appearances where he had a 6.43 ERA. In the 2020 season he only pitched in two games, this time for the St. Louis Cardinals, and he didn’t give up a run while allowing just one hit in 2.2 innings. During the 2021 season he pitched in seven games with the Chicago Cubs, allowing 10 runs in 7.1 innings.
In the 2022 season he was throwing a 4-seam fastball, change up, and a slider. His fastball was averaging 91 MPH, while the change up averaged 83.9 MPH and the slider was averaging 84.3 MPH. This data from Brooks Baseball includes both his time in Triple-A and the Atlantic League with the Long Island Ducks. Hitters crushed his fastball, hitting .349 and slugging .612 against it. But they did not do much against the change up or the slider. Against the change up batters hit just .250 and slugged just .306. When he threw a slider last year hitters managed a .244 average and a .385 slugging percentage against it.