Chad Reineke entered the 2013 season at age 31, hardly a youngster. Like the previous three seasons he would begin the year with the Louisville Bats, where he had a career ERA of 4.13.

Reineke worked out of the bullpen to begin the year with 4 hitless innings of shutout relief on the 6th of April against Toledo with a walk and 4 strikeouts. Six days later the right hander would fire a shutout inning with a strikeout, again facing Toledo. Two days later he took the mound against Toledo for the third appearance in a row where he allowed an earned run in 4 innings. He would enter the rotation the next time around and fired two strong starts in a row for 13.1 shutout innings with 3 walks and 9 strikeouts. In his final April appearance he struggled as he allowed 5 runs in 4.1 innings with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts to finish out the month with a 2.03 ERA in 26.2 innings to go along with 7 walks and 17 strikeouts.

Reineke rebounded well in his next start as he allowed 2 runs over his 6 innings with 3 walks and 7 strikeouts. He would really struggle in his next two starts as he allowed 11 earned in 10.1 innings pitched with 5 walks and 4 strikeouts. Reineke rebounded with 7 strong innings where he allowed 2 runs with a walk and 3 strikeouts before returning to the bullpen for two stints to end the month where he threw 4.1 shutout innings with a walk and 5 strikeouts. May would finish with a 4.88 ERA in 27.2 innings with 10 walks and 19 strikeouts.

June began with a relief appearance on the 1st where Reineke threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. He would move to the rotation for the rest of the season after that appearance. After a solid start against Norfolk he struggled against Durham on the 11th where he allowed 4 runs in 5.2 innings. Reineke rebounded well, allowing just 3 runs over his next 3 starts in 22.2 innings with 10 strikeouts. He would finish up the month of June with a 2.36 ERA in 34.1 innings with 6 walks and 18 strikeouts while posting a 0.96 WHIP.

July started out well as Reineke allowed just 2 runs over his first two starts spanning 14 innings with 13 strikeouts, but he really struggled over the next two games with 11 earned over 9 innings. He rebounded well with 2 runs in 6.1 innings against Syracuse on the 23rd. He would struggle in his final game of the month as he allowed 4 earned in 5.1 innings to finish up the month with an ERA of 4.93 in 34.2 innings with 8 walks and 25 strikeouts.

The struggles would continue in AugustĀ  as he allowed 11 hits and 5 runs in 3.1 innings on the 2nd to Syracuse. He would allow 4 runs in 5.1 innings in his next start with 3 walks and 2 strikeouts. On the 13th things came to a halt as he allowed just 0.2 innings against Pawtucket before exiting the game with an arm injury. It was his last appearance of the year. He would finish out August with a 9.64 ERA in 9.1 innings.

Season Stats

8 10 4.08 0 130.0 142 19 34 83 1.35 6.1% 14.9% 2.44

Overall Thoughts

Reineke filled a good role as a swingman for the Bats and insurance for the Reds rotation. He had an up and down season though as he moved back and forth between the rotation and bullpen. His April and June were very strong, but he struggled in May and July before getting injured in August. The Bats never announced the extent of his injury, but I was watching that day and it didn’t look good as he immediately knew he had injured himself. Hopefully it wasn’t the last pitch he threw as a pro.

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One Response

  1. MK

    Can’t imagine he will be back. Seems like that position goes to Reynolds now.