The Cincinnati Reds made a roster move today, picking up left handed pitcher Kyle Crockett. He was placed on waivers by the Cleveland Indians a week ago and was picked up by the Reds to give them some options with a lefty in the bullpen.

Kyle Crockett was drafted in the 4th round of the 2013 draft and reached the Major Leagues with a quickness. In 2014 he appeared in 43 games out of the Indians bullpen, posting a 1.80 ERA in 30.0 innings with eight walks (two intentional) and 28 strikeouts. Since then, however, a majority of his time has been spent in the Minor Leagues. He’s only thrown 35.1 innings in the Majors since that 2014 season and he’s had some struggles, posting an ERA of 4.84 in that span with 15 walks and 34 strikeouts in 35.1 innings.

Over the last two seasons he’s performed well in Triple-A for Columbus. In 2016 he had a 3.90 ERA in 30.0 innings. Last season he lowered that to 3.38 in 48.0 innings with 11 walks and 49 strikeouts. His peripherals were strong, showing good walk and strikeout rates.

As a left handed pitcher, the question is always going to center around how he handles left handed hitters. In the case of Kyle Crockett, the answer suggests he handles them very well. Maybe. In 2017 he held lefties to a .196/.266/.258 line with five walks and 26 strikeouts. In 2016 things were quite a bit difference. Lefties hit .305/.352/.390 against him with six walks and 23 strikeouts. But, that did come with a .424 batting average on balls in play against him. From a peripheral perspective, he was still quite strong that season against lefties.

The Cincinnati Reds don’t have many left handed relief options. Kyle Crockett could provide an option here to couple with Wandy Peralta. He’ll be 26-years-old in a few weeks, he has big league experience and seems ready to go for 2018. The move puts the Reds at a full 40-man roster. For the time being that takes them out of the Rule 5 draft, though they could still clear a spot before the draft if they want to take a player.

35 Responses

  1. The Duke

    • Lefty
    • Good ground ball rates
    • 9 K/9 for his career
    • Cheap
    • Low risk, cost nothing to acquire

    A lot to like about a pickup like that. Hopefully, they Reds scouted him in the international league and think they can maybe make him more consistent. I like the idea of trying him as the 2nd lefty than putting Garrett or Reed in the bullpen to start 2018.

  2. allthehype

    Reds wouldn’t have needed a LHRP to pair with Paralta….except they gave away Cingrani for a bag of peanuts, and then the Dodgers turned him into a stud by improving and increasing his offspeed repertoire. Would have been nice if the Reds’ development staff were so capable…..

    • Michael Smith

      Do you mean the guy who fought the reds every day on his development?

      • Shamrock

        Chances are he’s less than that. I would’ve taken the Planters (especially if they’d offered a few cashews and almonds)

    • Bill

      Not only was Cingrani not living up to his potential here, but he’ll likely earn 3 times more than the major league minimum. Based on his performance, the Reds were going to move on and found some value as an alternative to non-tendering Cingrani this fall.

    • Doug Gray

      Here’s part of the problem – it seems that the Reds did try to tell him the same stuff. Apparently being traded convinced him that, hey, maybe I should listen to these coaches.

    • Wes

      And just for the record- cuato,leake, homer, and volquez are top 25 in salary and all home grown. Wood is 42 on that list.

      Chapman is #1 and ilglasis is 6.

      The argument reds can’t develop pitchers is weak and uneducated.

      And the infatuation for 45 and 50 grade players on this site of guys who won’t put reds over the hump is mind boggling.

      • Doug Gray

        Here’s the counterpoint to the Reds being able to develop starters: They didn’t develop Leake, Chapman or Iglesias. All were in the Majors without time in the minors, or in Chapman’s case, within 4 months of him signing. The Reds have realistically developed two starting pitchers in about 25 years. Bailey and Cueto.

        Now, I don’t completely agree with that premise. But I don’t think it’s a stretch at all to say that in the last 30 years the Reds have been pitiful at developing starting pitching. Heck, throughout the history of the franchise they’ve been pitiful at it. I believe we’re going to see some homegrown guys over the next couple of years break that trend. But right now, I don’t think you can count Luis Castillo, Sal Romano or Robert Stephenson as developed by the Reds. Castillo spent 6 seasons in the minors and three months of that with the Reds. Romano and Stephenson may put their names on the list next season if they go out and perform well. Tyler Mahle could do the same. But anyone who says the Reds can develop pitchers, well, they don’t have any real evidence to back that up by comparison.

      • Wes

        Counter to that is where do players develop? There’s a huge adjustment from college/some Caribbean league compared to mlb. Did they adjust and preform? And then did they get better? You should be able to give reds plenty of credit for all those players.

      • Doug Gray

        Generally, when people say “they developed” a guy – they are looking at a longer than a few months timeframe of turning that player from “amateur free agent/draft pick” to big leaguer. The idea is that if a guy is in the big leagues in a few months of signing, they didn’t actually need development. For the most part, I’d agree with that.

    • Daytonian

      I was a big Cingrani fan for a long while. His intensity was great. But his skills clearly faded over time, and recently in the ‘pen he yielded one home run after another. It was time for him to go. Improving? In the WS with LA? One good outing (hooray!) and then, unfortunately, he reverted to being Tony, giving up a home run in a critical situation.

      I love him as a ball player, but he lacked the skills and no longer had a place on our roster. I wish him well.

  3. Michael Smith

    Do you mean the guy who fought the reds every day on his development?

  4. redleggingfordayz

    Good pickup and scouting by the Reds on this one. Not sure if he will stick on the 40-man long term, but solid numbers vs lefties and his overall ability to not allow HR’s will play very nicely (.4HR/9 vs 2017 international league average of .9HR/9). Overall a solid and free pickup to start the off season.

  5. Shamrock

    Okay:

    What’s the fascination with AY-YOU-HAY-NEE-OH??

    Sure, he was a great pickup for Alfredo Simon. And yes, he’s proven that he can handle the hot corner.

    But…..
    1) Nick Senzel is hot and ready to take over that position for the next decade
    2) his batting average is average (at best)
    3) his power isn’t all that great (Scooter had more blasts)
    4) while a tad better than Duvall, he still strikes out a ton (would probably hit 6th-7th in a good AL lineup)
    5) Reds doubt his SS abilities so much that they plan on giving an offensive liability like Peraza 500+ AB there next year

    Personally, I would prefer to keep Scooter, who at least in his inaugural Reds season, appeared to be much more well rounded on offense

    Now, chances are pretty good that I just offended some of you.
    So….let the roast begin!!

    • Josh

      Shamrock I don’t think offended is the correct word I believe u just showed a lack of baseball knowledge why don’t u do yourself a favor and check out 3b war ratings I bet Suarez is fairly high.

    • RedsKoolAidDrinker

      Not offended. Just laughing hysterically while scratching my head really hard.

    • Colorado Red

      He is about to be a star.
      His D is really good, and his offense is on the upward trend.

      • Doug Gray

        It wouldn’t shock me if he turned into a star, but I’m not sure I’m expecting it, either. His offense stepped forward in a year in which everyone did. And really, most of his improvement, offensively, came from simply walking more. If he’s going to become a superstar, he’s going to need to hit 30 homers and maintain the rest of his stuff. Not impossible, but I wouldn’t be making bets on it either.

    • Doug Gray

      Roast #1. You cited batting average, so you fail. Roast #2. You failed to mention his on-base percentage, which is well above-average. Roast #3, he was significantly better than Adam Duvall as a hitter because of that awesome on-base percentage compared to Duvall’s well below-average on-base percentage. Roast #4. The Reds have basically already said that Senzel isn’t moving Suarez off of third base. Whether we believe them or not is another story, but they’ve said publicly that they are looking at Senzel at other spots to try and get his bat into the lineup.

      • Cguy

        Gee Doug, one of your more insightful & tactful comments, followed by what Shamrock was trolling for. Roast #1: Since all ML broadcasts cite BA first & prominently when introducing batters, have they all failed? Roast #2: I agree, but either consider the whole “slashline” (BA/OBP/OPS) or none of it. Suarez had a breakout year in his 3rd or 4th season, Duvall has only had 2 ML seasons & has made the AST & been a 2-time GG finalist. OBP has yet to become the entirety of the game. Roast #4: Many have already ordained Winker as the next Reds LF, but Jesse has yet to earn that spot. So in either case, it’s just talk. Perhaps Gennett, Hererra (or even Blandino) won’t be moved off that 2nd base job this late May or early June, forcing the Reds to consider other possibilities regarding Suarez.

      • Doug Gray

        Citing average as a thing on it’s own, no, is not a failure. Citing it as a reason that someone is or isn’t good, however, is a failure. OBP is about 1.7 times as valuable as slugging is. And while I’ll always note a full slash line, the far and away most important part of that line is the one in the middle.

      • greg

        Cguy, yes, those broadcasts have failed by citing BA so prominently.

    • Piggly Wiggly

      Counter-point.
      1. Senzel, if you haven’t heard is a second baseman now.
      2. Geno’s slash line is impressive enough.
      3. Geno’s power is to all fields. Scooter, well no.
      4. Geno was best option at 3B when Frazier traded. Worked out well.
      5. Cozart.
      Geno = all star.
      Scooter = trade fodder.

  6. MK

    I hope Andrew McKirahan is finally healthy to give them even another option.

  7. Michael B. Green

    I think with Mantiply and now Crockett signing we are going o see CIN trade a LHP. Would imagine one of Peralta, Reed or Garrett.

  8. Shawn

    Who says no? Yankees get Iglesias, Suerez and Duvall. Reds get Clint Frazier, Gleiber Torres, Blake Rutherford, Domingo Acevedo, Justice Sheffield and Dustin Fowler.
    Frazier plays CF, Torres SS, young OFers Rutherford and Fowler. pitchers Acevedo and Sheffield.both could mid to top of rotation pitchers.

    • HavaKlu

      Apparently you are somewhat misinformed. Yankees have an abundance of relief pitchers and actually may shed some instead of adding. Fowler was traded to the Athletics. A deal for Torres and Sheffield would be appealing.

  9. Piggly Wiggly

    My oh my. Ctrent says that Reds GM Dick Williams states Reds will make a serious run for Ohtani.
    Bold.
    I think one area the Reds could persue is one of having Ohtani head an advertising campaign with Jim Day to Japanese fans a tourist trip to Cincinnati and Reds games, Kings Island, etc. A multi million $$ deal.

    • Doug Gray

      Every team can and should make a serious pitch to Ohtani. They’d be freaking nuts not to.

      With that said, the Reds can’t try to talk to Ohtani about endorsement deals. That’s a no-no.

  10. Colorado Red

    Just Non-Tendered Kyle.
    Why claim him, then non-tender?