The Louisville Bats season came to an end on Monday afternoon. That’s going to lead to four players leaving the Bats clubhouse and joining the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse. The team announced that they will recall LHP Cody Reed, LHP Amir Garrett, RHP Jackson Stephens and RHP Rookie Davis.

Two pitchers on the 40-man roster that were on the Bats roster that apparently aren’t coming up will be Luke Farrell and Barrett Astin.

Cody Reed pitched well after skipping two starts in late August. Over his final two appearances he threw a pair of 3-inning, 1-hit, shutout outings without a walk. He also struck out two batters Amir Garrett closed out his minor league season with a 7-inning complete game shutout. He gave up just one hit and he struck out 10 batters in the game.

Rookie Davis closed out the season throwing a lot of strikes. In August he threw 36.0 innings with the Bats and walked just three batters with 34 strikeouts. His split-fingered fastball, a new pitch for him, has made a big difference in his ability to put hitters away. Jackson Stephens will be looking forward to making his second big league appearance after striking out eight batters in 5.0 innings in his Major League debut back in July.

This may not be the final set of call ups, but it is likely to be the last for at least a few days. The Pensacola Blue Wahoos will be in the Southern League playoffs. It’s been noted that starting pitcher Keury Mella could see action in September, so at the very least it appears he will be recalled when the Blue Wahoos are completed with the playoffs.

Aristides Aquino is the only other player on the Pensacola roster on the current 40-man roster. However, there are several players on the roster who need to be added to the roster following the season to be protected from the Rule 5 draft. If the team would like to get an early look they may decide to bring up a guy like Shed Long, Gavin LaValley, Josh VanMeter, Jose Lopez, Robert Stock or Zack Weiss.

13 Responses

  1. CP

    Was there ever an official statement on why Cody Reed has only pitched 3 innings his last two times out?

  2. Bill

    Probably signifies Astin and Farrell will be dropped from the 40-man after the season. Probably just not enough at bats to justify adding Blandino. I anticipate Garrett steps into the rotation after Castillo is shut down.

    Performances of Bailey, Castillo, Stephenson, Mahle, and Romano are very encouraging. It would be great if the Reds enter the offseason with some rotation confidence for 2018.

    • Wes

      Homers dropped his era a run and a half over last 5 starts w 2 quality starts. Also heard his velocity was there but was just lacking control. Good signs he can work his way back to some sort of a starting pitcher in near future

  3. Matthew O'Neal

    You mention adding Robert Stock and VanMeter in the last sentence. Do you think those two have earned 40 man protection in this offseason?

    • Doug Gray

      I think there’s an outside chance they would be protected. Stock sits mid-to-upper 90’s.

      • Champ Summers

        Do you plan on writing something more in depth about the guys who need to be protected and the guys who might become MiLB FA?I always look forward to this conversation when there’s not a ton to look forward to this time of the year.

  4. Chris r

    I was at Columbus v bats games yesterday.. rookie looked pretty good.. I was not impressed with blandino.. in fact he looked hurt. Was in the field rubbing and stretching his left should through out the game..

  5. Sean Lahman

    Other than the two at Pensacola (Aquino and Mella) and guys who are injured, Barret Astin is the only guy on the 40-man who didn’t get called up. he didn’t pitch well, and my guess is he gets dropped to make room for someone else.

    • Doug Gray

      Astin’s battled some injuries this year, too. He’s definitely a bubble guy when it comes to 40-man guys this offseason. But, I wouldn’t take his performance solely as an indicator of future performance just yet.


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