In one of the more timely posts I’ve ever made, the Cincinnati Reds have called up right handed reliever Alejandro Chacin from Triple-A Louisville. Just yesterday I wrote an article about whether or not the organization should consider adding him to the 40-man roster and calling him up in September. The team also recalled right handed pitcher Luke Farrell. Both pitchers are coming up from Triple-A Louisville.

For Alejandro Chacin he needed to be placed on the 40-man roster, which is now at 40 players. The team had an open roster spot, so there is no corresponding 40-man roster move. The 24-year-old right hander has a 2.60 ERA in 69.1 innings this season for Louisville. In that span he has walked 27 batters and struck out 63. However, he’s been even better since the month of June began he’s posted a 0.91 ERA (this is not a typo) in 39.2 innings pitched with just 23 hits allowed, 14 walks and 39 strikeouts. Oh, and he hasn’t allowed a home run in that span, either. For a quick scouting report beyond the video above, you can click on the link in the first paragraph to read what I wrote yesterday.

It’s been a tough start for Luke Farrell in his Cincinnati Reds career. He’s made two starts for the Louisville and neither has gone particularly well. In just 5.2 innings he’s allowed eight hits, six walks and 12 earned runs (19.06 ERA). He’s only made one appearance in the big leagues, coming earlier this year with the Royals. It lasted just 2.2 innings and he allowed seven hits and five earned runs. He had far more success in Triple-A for the Dodgers and Royals organizations this season where he threw 102.0 innings with an ERA of 4.06 in the Pacific Coast League. That’s come along with 35 walks and 99 strikeouts.

The Reds needed to add some arms as their bullpen has both struggled and been taxed of late. Bryan Price noted after the last two games that they may need to add some players to get enough innings over the next few days. This comes after a short outing by Luis Castillo and Homer Bailey leaving his last start early.

Phillip Ervin back down, Blake Wood DFA’d

To create room on the 25-man roster the Cincinnati Reds optioned outfielder Phillip Ervin back to Triple-A Louisville. The team also has designated reliever Blake Wood for assignment. Wood has really struggled of late, allowing 14 runs over his last seven games that have amounted to just 3.2 innings.

At the minor league side of things the Bats have received right handed pitchers Geoff Broussard from Double-A Pensacola and Rafael De Paula from Advanced-A Daytona. Broussard has posted a 2.82 ERA between Daytona (6.0 innings) and Pensacola (45.0 innings) this season with 16 walks and 41 strikeouts. De Paula was just signed earlier this week and has appeared in just two games for Daytona, striking out five batters in 2.0 shutout innings.

7 Responses

  1. sultanofswaff

    Boy, you hate to kick a guy when he’s down but this is a results driven business. Age and the Reds need to look at less costly options probably isn’t working in Wood’s favor either. His K rate and groundball % are still good so it’s likely he’ll get picked up by another team like JJ Hoover.

    Really rooting for Chacin and hoping he can be a Sergio Romo type who is nails vs. right handed batters. The kid has earned his shot.

  2. Simon Cowell

    With the number of bullpen arms we have available it makes just about our entire bullpen expendable

  3. Wes

    Doug on the spot! Next day delivery. They even made a roster spot for him. Nice call!

  4. MK

    Communicated with Alejandro a couple times today.He is fired up and nervous. At GABP to provide some support since Venezuelan parents can’t be here.

  5. DaveCT

    Farrell reported directly to the smoke stacks for fireworks as a costs savings.

  6. DanD

    Doug, can you do a post will Nick Senzel be called up in September? Would love to see him called up