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.

20 Responses

  1. The Duke

    Excited to see what a healthy and rested Wotell can do. I’ll be at the game Wednesday night, and while I won’t get to see Wotell, I will get to see Wennington Romero live, and maybe Brian Hunter as well to see what he has after his injury. Assuming he takes Webb’s turn in the rotation, Wotell should be pitching Thursday.

    • CP

      What kind of upside does this Wotell kid have?

      • The Duke

        Lefty with a solid slider and hopefully some projection. Was a 3rd rd pick by the Mets in 2015, fastball was 89-92, not sure what it is now.

  2. Brad

    What would you offer Mets for Matt Harvey? Under contract for 2017 and 2018.

  3. Steve

    Second starter to go down with an injury in a little over a month for Dayton. Btw, any update on Olson? Good to see Hunter back. Wotell finally in full season ball. A bunch of players in the organization off to good starts this season. Wonder when player personnel will start promotions to get players to the next level. It’ll be interesting come June/July when more players start coming off the DL.

    • Doug Gray

      I’m waiting to hear back on Olson, but should know soon (within 24 hours, I’d imagine).

      • Steve

        Thanks Doug. How about some of the others that may be close to returning? Armstrong? Varner? Daal? Weiss? Reynoso?McKirahan?

    • MK

      I talked to Olson a week ago and he told me he had elbow inflammation, no structural damage. He was seen by Kremcheck and is shut down completely for two weeks, meaning one more, when he will be reevaluated. That is straight from the horses mouth.

      • Steve

        Thanks MK. I’m glad to hear that it’s not something more serious.

      • Doug Gray

        While it doesn’t sound serious, I heard that we probably won’t see him for about a month or so, too.

  4. HavaKlu

    Is there a way to post a list of who is in extended training?

  5. kyblu50

    Again, We are having a lot of problems with our pitchers. When will we get it right and start to develop them instead of tear them up?

    • Doug Gray

      Probably when everyone else does. No one has figured out how to keep pitchers healthy yet. The first team that does is going to have an enormous advantage over everyone else.