The Cincinnati Reds have signed left-handed pitcher Jonah Hurney. The 23-year-old spent three years at Virginia Tech from 2021 to 2023. He went undrafted in his time there, and after a down senior season he pitched for the Trenton Thunder in the MLB Draft League.
In 2021 and 2022 he pitched exclusively out of the bullpen, throwing 54.2 innings in 33 outings and posting an ERA of 2.47. He allowed 42 hits, walked 16, and he struck out 66 batters in that time. During the 2023 season the lefty made six starts and 15 relief appearances, but his starts were short as he only completed the third inning once. The lefty battled consistency during the year, posting a 7.76 ERA in 31.1 innings while watching his walk rate skyrocket as he handed out 19 free passes, and his strikeout rate decline as he fanned just 30 of the 153 batters he faced.
When his college season was over he joined the Trenton Thunder to try and get things turned around before the draft. Used as a starter, he pitched in eight games with seven of them being starts and he did find far more success than he had while at Virginia Tech in 2023. He would throw 38.1 innings – more than he threw in college this past year – and post a 3.76 ERA. He did allow plenty of hits, with 44 of them, but none of them were home runs. His walk rate improved as he handed out just 10 free passes. The strikeout rate, though, was down – perhaps as a result – as he struck out just 33 of the 171 hitters he saw in the league.
One park in the league had Trackman installed and was public facing. Jonah Hurney did not pitch in that ballpark. But he did pitch against Boston College in the ACC tournament and that game did have public facing data. It was just one game – a start – but the lefty threw a 2-seamer that averaged 89 MPH (and topped out at 91 on this day), a change up and a slider with the secondary offering both working in the low 80’s.