Nick Travieso is making adjustments Doug Gray July 14, 2016 9 Comments Nick Travieso entered the 2016 season as the Cincinnati Reds third best prospect on my list. Part of the reason he ranked so highly on my list was that he had shown strong control throughout his career and kept his walk rate at a good spot. Couple that with the stuff he had shown and he looked like a very strong prospect. The first half of the 2016 season didn’t resemble much of his past. In his first 11 starts of the season there was only one game in which he didn’t walk at least two batters. He had walked 31 batters in 50.1 innings pitched, watching his walk rate jump up to 13%. It had never been as high as 8% in any season in the past, so the increase was very large. The walks came to a breaking point in the final two games of that stretch when he walked 10 batters over 7.0 innings to start off June. His struggles in the first half of the season dropped him down the Midseason Prospect Rankings to the 10th spot in the organization. Nick Travieso has now made five starts since that point. He’s walked seven total batters in that span, stretching over 29.1 innings pitched. That’s been good for a 6.3% walk rate in that span. He’s posted an ERA of 1.53, lowering his ERA from 5.54 to 4.07 in the last month. Jesus Reyes is on a roll It’s a bit strange to suggest that a pitcher with a 1.74 ERA is on a roll, but that very well may be the right way to describe where Jesus Reyes is at right now. For the season, in 46.2 innings pitched his ERA is sitting there at 1.74, but he’s got 20 walks and 30 strikeouts. The control he has shown on the season hasn’t been the greatest and his strikeout rate isn’t much to write home about, but he’s kept runs off of the board thanks to a 64% groundball rate. Over his last six appearances though, he’s really been putting things together. Dating back to June 24th, the undrafted free agent signing out of ASA College in New York in 2014 has allowed just one run in 13.1 innings pitched (0.68 ERA). He’s walked just four batters and he’s struck out 12 of the 46 batters he’s faced in that time. 9 Responses Fish July 14, 2016 What do you think is the source of the increased control? Was he trying to be too fine with pitches? Better command? Different grip? Doug Gray July 14, 2016 Not sure. Going to talk to him about it in a few days when I get to Pensacola. DaveCT July 14, 2016 Traveiso almost seems like a dark horse for the rotation at this point, given the high profile guys ahead of him (Reed, Stephenson, Garrett) as well as a guy or two establishing themselves now (Disco, Finnegan?). And, that’s with him being a first round pick. I still see him as a solid guy for a no. 4-5 slot along with Mahle, and to a lesser degree Romano, perhaps Davis. But given what the team is drafting, lots of these big bodied workhorse types, I do think he is more of a rotation than he is generally considered. Other than here of course. DaveCT July 14, 2016 *rotation candidate DaveCT July 14, 2016 Doug, any chance you can talk to Romano as well, especially about his strikeout and bb numbers this year? Thinking, man, what a set-up guy he could be, coming in to shut down rallies with both high strikeouts and his historical ground ball rates. K’s and double plays, perfect for a GABP bullpen piece. Doug Gray July 14, 2016 I plan on trying to talk to a lot of the guys about various things. Romano will certainly be one of them. Matthew O'Neal July 14, 2016 Could the control issues be related to maybe he wasn’t totaly over his early season injury? Norwood Nate July 14, 2016 I have wondered the same thing. Steve July 14, 2016 Great to see things turning around for Travieso. Don’t understand Reyes being passed over for promotion to Daytona. He is doing much better than Sullivan and Daytona already has 3 lefty relievers. That leaves Dayton with none. I know that as long as you’re getting batters out, it doesn’t matter lefty or righty, but Sullivan wasn’t even doing that better than Reyes. Reyes better ERA and WHIP. Sullivan only had a better SO/BB ratio. Reyes deserves better.