The Reds will officially be calling up Greg Reynolds to start today in San Francisco. He has been with the team for a few days now, but the roster move hasn’t been made yet. He has spent the entire year in Louisville and has posted the following stats:

10 2 127.1 117 6 23 79 2.54 1.10 3.4

His ERA is fantastic, his WHIP is low and his strikeout-to-walk ratio is also rather strong. His strikeout rate isn’t much to write home about, sitting at 15.5% at the AAA level. That puts him right in line with what Mike Leake has done this season (15.3% for Leake). His walk rate is very low at just 4.5% which is right in line with Bronson Arroyo (4.6%). Throwing strikes is a big part of the game for Reynolds. Much like Leake and Arroyo he will rely on his defense often, though he has had four starts with 8 strikeouts with the Bats.

Scouting Report

Fastball – Reynolds throws a sinking fastball in the 88-90 MPH range and will hit 91 at times. He will also mix in a bit of a cutter at times as well.

Curveball – The main secondary pitch for Reynolds comes in at the 77-82 MPH range and can be a good pitch with 12-6 breaking action that he can throw for strikes.

Change Up – His clear third pitch that he throws in the low-to-mid 80’s. There isn’t enough separation at times to truly fool hitters with the velocity change.

What to expect

With Reynolds pitching in a huge ballpark while also being a groundball pitcher, I think he could have success as long as he can do what he has done in Louisville and pound the strikezone. The stuff isn’t overwhelming and I am not sure that he has it in the long run to be a Major League starter but as a #7 starter he is good insurance as a guy who can throw strikes and likely keep you in the game.

7 Responses

  1. sultan of swaff

    His profile and peripherals are eerily similar to Arroyo. I think the Giants are the perfect team for him to face after what I saw last night. Factor in Reynolds is from that area, and I think there’s a good chance we catch lightning in a bottle today.

    • jim t

      Doesn’t hurt that he is pitching in a huge park and he is a ground ball pitcher. Would love to see us sweep the giants.

    • nycdave

      Yeah, not so much. Reynolds getting his head kicked in right now.

      • Doug Gray

        It will be interesting to see how he performs moving forward (in this specific game). The first inning didn’t go well. Have to wonder how much of that was nerves. The stuff is pretty much what he was showing in AAA. The fastball moves a lot, but doesn’t have much velocity with it. When he can spot it though, it can work.

      • nycdave

        He seems to have settled down. First inning jitters I guess.

    • Doug Gray

      I think as a starter, I would agree. I wouldn’t mind seeing if he could throw 90-92 as a reliever and keep the movement while mixing in the curveball and see how it works. At AAA first.