Cincinnati Reds AFL Review: The Pitchers Doug Gray November 23, 2016 1 Comment On Monday we looked at the hitters that the Cincinnati Reds sent out to the Arizona Fall League and how they performed. Today we are going to take a look at the pitchers that were sent to Arizona for the six week league. Barrett Astin It was an interesting mix of stats for Barrett Astin while pitching out of the Peoria Javelinas bullpen. The right hander posted a 3.21 ERA and didn’t give up a home run in the hitter friendly league. Both of those were on the good side of the ledger. Where Astin had some problems were in the walk and strikeout department. In 14.0 innings he had seven walks and just eight strikeouts. In Double-A with Pensacola this year his rates in both categories were much better. Things weren’t all bad though as he was added to the Reds 40-man roster shortly after the Arizona Fall League season ended. Evan Mitchell Much like the season for Astin, things were interesting out in Arizona for righty Evan Mitchell. He posted a 5.52 ERA in 14.2 innings, which wasn’t good. However most of the damage came in two games, allowing six runs over 3.0 innings in those outings. He had 13 strikeouts and five walks and was a groundball machine (66% of all balls in play were on the ground). He also showed velocity out in Arizona that he wasn’t showing in the regular season. He closed out the season with four strong outings in a row, allowing just one run in 4.2 innings with two walks and five strikeouts. Nick Routt Left hander Nick Routt had arguably the best trip of any of the Reds pitchers to the Arizona Fall League. He posted a 3.00 ERA in 12.0 innings for Peoria and allowed two home runs. That also came along with just three walks (two of which came in the final appearance of the campaign) and 12 strikeouts in his 11 appearances. He dominated lefties, allowing just two hits, with no walks, in 6.0 innings against them and striking out seven batters. Seth Varner The lone starter that the organization sent to Arizona, Seth Varner had some ups and downs in the league. The first two starts were solid, but unspectacular for the left hander, allowing three runs over 6.0 combined innings with a walk and two strikeouts. The start on October 26th was the low point of the season as he allowed seven runs in 2.0 innings. He rebounded in a big way over the next two starts though, allowing just one hit and one walk in 7.0 combined innings with 10 strikeouts. The final start of the year was more of a struggle, giving up five runs in 4.0 innings. Overall he finished with a 7.11 ERA in 19.0 innings to go with three walks and 14 strikeouts. One Response DaveCT November 23, 2016 These four, as a lower- upside group, are still as puzzling as they were when assigned to the AFL. Given this year’s likely roster moves, was this simply an audition for the one possible open spot? Or a leg up on spring training invites? Maybe just an odd year where we didn’t have higher upside candidates? Who knows. Overall, I’d say Astin and Mitchell > Routt and Varner. I probably shouldn’t complain. If we get a couple of bullpen pieces from this it was worth it.