The Cincinnati Reds have signed Tony Kemp to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A Louisville. Kemp, who signed with the Reds on a minor league deal at the start of spring training was granted his release on March 19th. He then signed with Baltimore and played in five games with the Orioles, going 0-9 with a walk before he was designated for assignment, cleared waivers, and then opted for free agency. A few days later he signed with Minnesota and stayed with their organization until he opted out of his minor league deal on July 1st.

Kemp, who is now 32-years-old, has played in parts of nine big league seasons after debuting back in 2016 with Houston. In his 739 big league games he’s hit .237/.324/.351 for the Astros, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, and Baltimore Orioles. His best season came back in 2021 when he hit .279/.382/.418 with more walks than strikeouts for Oakland in 131 games.

This season saw him play in 46 games for Triple-A St. Paul while in the Twins organization. He found some success with the Saints, hitting .279/.358/.436 with 13 extra-base hits, 18 walks, and 24 strikeouts in his 187 plate appearances.

Tony Kemp gives the Reds some depth in Triple-A Louisville, where they desperately need it as injuries to the big league club have really tested the overall depth of the organization. He can play second base, and the three outfield spots if needed.

More Roster Moves

While Tony Kemp was the only player signed on Tuesday, there was plenty of movement in the organization on the day.

Hunter Hollan, the Reds 3rd round pick in 2023’s draft, made his organizational debut last week with a 3-inning start for the ACL Reds as he rehabbed his way back from injury. Now he’s joining Daytona’s pitching staff. Brian Edgington, who had been in Daytona, is moving up to Dayton after 15 starts for the Tortugas and posting a 3.52 ERA where he had 17 walks and 80 strikeouts in 71.2 innings pitched.

Luis Mey is moving up from Dayton to Chattanooga after making 21 appearances out of the Dragons bullpen where he posted a 2.79 ERA in 29.0 innings. He had 36 strikeouts to go with 24 walks in his time spent in the Midwest League this year.

Mason Pelio, like Hunter Hollan, had been rehabbing in Arizona. He had only made two starts there after missing the first few months of the season. After just five innings he’s now moving up to High-A Dayton where he will be joining the Dayton pitching staff.

10 Responses

  1. Optimist

    Seems like Mey is the most intriguing of these moves – the rest seem like good progression. If Mey can improve, or continue to improve, the BB%, he gets into useful MLB reliever discussions.

    Does he have another pitch after the pure heat? Is he on, and now one level below, the Maxwell path?, Am I missing anything?

    • MK

      The biggest thing Mey has to do is become consistent, When he is on he is almost unhittable but the next time out he can’t repeat his delivery and the ball goes everywhere.

  2. DaveCT

    Doug, in your bullet points you have Edgington going from Dayton to Daytona.

    • Doug Gray

      I swear I didn’t edit the post, but you read it incorrectly.

      • DaveCT

        Well, another gaffe, thanks to my exemplary vision …

  3. RedsGettingBetter

    Well, Louisville welcomes back Livan Soto, Zulueta and Levi Jordan today in addition to Tony Kemp. Graham Ashcraft will be available for the weekend, I guess…Edgington is at age 25 so he should continue to climb thru the farm system quickly if he keeps performing well…

    • MK

      Don’t you think Ashcraft is just there through the All Star break and 4 days after that. Their goal is ti get him back on track and he can continue that by starting in AAA where he would have a long layoff in Cincinnati?

      • RedsGettingBetter

        I think everything depends on how Ashcraft improves working on things at triple-A and how Spiers does at big league level. Even if Montas could be traded will open a rotation spot before deadline

  4. Max

    Reds are only 4 to 5 games back in playoffs and word is who gets traded first? Same BS since ownership and GM have got to Cincinnati. How about this trade
    1. Ownership
    2. GM
    3. Manager


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