Last night Sal Romano left the game early, after giving up a single to lead off the 7th he threw two pitches to the next batter. Both of the pitches were strikes, but after that second pitch the trainer came out and Romano was removed from the game. He was on a roll, having tossed 6.0 shutout innings at that point with six strikeouts and was only at 80 pitches on the night. His hamstring cramped up on him after that final pitch.

It was a bit of a tough break for Romano in the sense that the runner he left at first base came around to score. Going back to June 24th, a span of eight starts, the big right hander has been dominating the Southern League. In 46.0 innings he’s allowed just one home run, posted a 2.35 ERA, walked just seven batters and he’s racked up 45 strikeouts.

In Daytona last night we saw a pitcher return to the mound who was once thought to be a top end prospect. Jonathon Crawford was among the Tigers best prospects when he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in the Eugenio Suarez and Alfredo Simon deal in the winter of 2014. Crawford was injured in spring training of 2015 and began a rehab assignment in late June of 2015, starting three games for the AZL Reds before joining the Daytona Tortugas in mid-July. He made just two starts before he was shut down for the season. This year was a similar story as he began his rehab stint with the AZL Reds in late June, though he would make six appearances before joining the Tortugas last night.

The right hander was quite successful in his return to the mound. He tossed 5.0 shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a walk to go along with three strikeouts. Crawford needed just 52 pitches, 37 of which were strikes, to get through his five innings of work. He’s been a forgotten man within the system, but when he’s been healthy his fastball/slider combination are among the best in the organization.

The Tortugas played a double header yesterday and left hander Ismael Guillon started the second game. For his second consecutive start he struck out 10 batters in 5.0 innings. He’s pitched out of both the bullpen and the rotation this year, but the plan is for him to come out of the bullpen and he will be moving back there for his next appearance. Still, the left hander has been absolutely crushing the opposition in Daytona this year. In his last four appearances he’s struck out 30 batters with one walk in 15.0 innings. He’s allowed just six hits and one run in that span.

For the season the 24-year-old left hander has a 2.53 ERA over 78.1 innings pitched. He has walked 33 batters on the year, which represents the second lowest walk rate of his career since he was an 18-year-old playing in Arizona. Guillon has also struck out 94 batters, which is also his best rate since he was in Arizona in 2010. He missed all of 2015 while dealing with a shoulder issue, and he’s a tad older for a prospect in the Florida State League, but he’s still got very strong stuff to work with.

19 Responses

  1. Nick

    It’s interesting that Crawford is still being used as a starter. Would have thought with the injuries and the 2 pitch combo that a future as a reliever would be the plan. I guess we will see how he holds up.

    • Doug Gray

      It could be simply that he’s healthy enough, so using him as a starter now gets him more reps on the mound than pushing him to the bullpen would. That happens a lot.

      • Nick

        That makes sense. He hasn’t pitched much in 2 years so he needs innings.

  2. The Duke

    Even more impressive than Guillon’s K numbers is only giving up 42 hits in 78 IP.

  3. Pat

    Blue Wahoos lost Romano’s game 3-2. Still another impressive start. What do you see happening with AA pitching moves as we get towards September? Call-ups? Static? Lots of good pitching by Blue Wahoo starters of late.

    • Doug Gray

      I’ve never let facts get in the way….. Good catch, I appreciate it.

      Guys on the 40-man roster could get the call. That’s Romano, De Los Santos and Davis. I wouldn’t expect anyone else, and maybe not even those three.

      • Pat

        Thanks – injuries on the big club have really muddled the 2017 picture too. Seems like a lot of live arms coming up. In the Yankee blogs there was mention of Davis going to the pen and letting him throw higher velocity. No mention I’ve heard on Reds sites. Wondering because in the next two years there seems to be a lot of choices with RHP

      • Doug Gray

        I’ve kind of always thought Davis was going to wind up in the bullpen. I still think that’s ultimately where he goes, though I think it is probably further in the future.

  4. The Duke

    Baseball America has an article up about Friedl. We signed him for $735,000

  5. Champ Summers

    Curious winker question. He was lifted in the game for Herrera 2 nights ago. They were losing so I took as a way to rest him. He missed last night as well. Just extended rest or did something happen?

    • Doug Gray

      Ejected. Not sure why he didn’t play yesterday.

      • Champ Summers

        Those ejections are in the box score. Guess I missed it. Usually look for that. Hopefully just a day off.

  6. RobL

    Better protect Guillon on the 40 man. He is exactly the type of guy to be taken in the rule 5 draft.

  7. Jim H.

    Looks like Hoover has been taken off the 40. @Reds tweet that he cleared waivers & was outrighted to Louisville. Wonder what the next move is?

    • Doug Gray

      I’m not sure there will be one just yet. I’d guess that they put guys on waivers and no one claimed him (shocker), and they used it to remove him from the 40-man without worry about who will fill the spot right now.

      • Seat101

        My uneducated opinion is that the Reds think a waiver trade/claim is coming and they will need the slot.

  8. Haven

    Suprised to see tj friedl ranked number 12 in our system by mlb pipeline is that where you see him

    • The Duke

      That’s on par with Taylor Trammell, which is ludicrous