The 2022 season saw Carson Spiers begin in Double-A Chattanooga, but after 22 starts he joined Louisville for the final month and pitched in five games for the Bats. He threw 121.2 innings and posted a 5.33 ERA during the season.
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When the 2023 season began, the Cincinnati Reds sent Carson Spiers back to Double-A to rejoin Chattanooga. Unlike in 2022, this time he was put in the bullpen. His first outing saw him pitch the final three innings of a game against Mississippi and he allowed two runs. Spiers rebounded well, throwing a shutout inning in three straight outings while giving up just one total hit and striking out six batters. Things went south over the next two weeks, though, as he gave up six runs in 6.2 innings and walked 10 batters while hitting two others in that stretch.
Spiers didn’t pitch for eight days after the final outing in that stretch and when he returned he pitched well for the next four weeks as he gave up five runs in 12.2 innings (3.55 ERA) with just four walks and 14 strikeouts. His next outing would be a spot start where he allowed two runs in 3.1 innings before returning to the bullpen for two outings over the next two weeks.
On June 24th Spiers found himself back in the rotation. He was charged with an unearned run in 3.0 innings. A week later he was back on the mound and had a tough outing, giving up four runs in 3.0 innings while walking three batters and giving up a homer.
The righty rebounded well from that outing and over the two months would make nine starts and post a 2.40 ERA in 45.0 innings while giving up just two home runs, walking just 17 batters, and he struck out 61.
With Cincinnati in desperate need for innings from their starting rotation, the Reds called up Spiers directly from Double-A. In his big league debut gave up three runs to the Cubs in 4.0 innings. The next two times out were more of a struggle as he allowed four and three runs in 3.0 innings against the Cardinals (in a start) and the Mets (as a reliever). The Reds optioned him back to the minors, sending him to Triple-A and he made one relief appearance for the Bats and threw 2.0 perfect innings before returning to the big leagues. In his final outing of the year he tossed 3.0 shutout innings with a strikeout against St. Louis and picked up a save.
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Carson Spiers Scouting Report
Position: Right-handed pitcher | B/T: R/R
Height: 6′ 3″ | Weight: 205 lbs | Acquired: Undrafted FA (2020)
Born: November 11, 1997
Fastball | Spiers throws both a 4-seamer and a 2-seamer and both are in the 92-94 MPH range. Both pitches are average offerings.
Slider | A fringe-average offering that works in the low-to-mid 80’s.
Change Up | A fringe-average offering that works in the mid-80’s.
Cutter | A below-average offering that works in the mid-to-upper 80’s.
Carson Spiers is a big leaguer, and he’ll likely get another opportunity to be a big leaguer in the future. The role, though, is tough to figure out. He’s capable of throwing innings to be a back of the rotation kind of guy, but as a starter he is more of a swing-man type than a guy who you can pencil in. His stuff is generally fringy at best, but he’s got enough pitches to keep hitters guessing a little bit at times. In the bullpen it’s similar – his stuff just doesn’t really stand out, and as a reliever, innings aren’t quite as important. As a reliever his role is similar to that as a starter – fill some innings. While he might not be an impact kind of guy in either role, he could be useful.
Interesting Stat on Carson Spiers
Against his 2-seamer and his 4-seamer, big leaguers managed just three hits in 20 at-bats.