The Dayton Dragons will be getting two new pitchers today. The Cincinnati Reds have promoted left handed pitcher Max Wotell and right handed pitcher Brian Hunter to Dayton from extended spring training. They are taking the spots on the roster of pitcher Alex Webb, who is heading to the disabled list, and Lucan Benenati, who is heading back to extended spring training.
Max Wotell will be joining the rotation for the Dragons. The left hander joined the organization from the New York Mets last August when Jay Bruce was traded. He pitched for the Billings Mustangs in 2016 after coming over before he was shut down late in the season with some shoulder fatigue and a long season combined with his young age. Before joining the Reds organization he posted a 3.94 ERA with Kingsport in the Mets organization. He had 12 walks and 31 strikeouts in 29.2 innings. After coming over in the Bruce trade with Dilson Herrera, the then 19-year-old struggled in three starts with Billings. He only threw 6.0 innings over that span, posting a 15.00 ERA with seven walks and five strikeouts.
Brian Hunter is returning to Dayton. He was with the Dragons in 2015 and he was dominant for the Dragons. He posted a 2.20 ERA in 32.2 innings with 13 walks and 41 strikeouts. However, he wound up tearing his UCL and underwent Tommy John surgery in August of 2015. He returned to pitch briefly for the AZL Reds and Billings Mustangs last August and September. The former 9th round pick (2014) is now 24-years-old and has a 2.38 career ERA in 75.2 innings pitched.
Heading to the disabled list is Alex Webb. He only made two starts for Dayton, but was successful, giving up just two earned runs in 9.1 innings with a walk and eight strikeouts. Lucas Benenati is heading back to Arizona for extended spring training. His season has been interesting. He’s missing bats, striking out 13 batters in 10.2 innings and he’s walked just four batters. But he’s also posted an ERA of 8.44 on the season.