The Cincinnati Reds are reuniting with two former big leaguers. They have signed right-handed pitchers Tim Adleman and Kevin Shackelford for the 2019 season. Both signed minor league contracts. The moves were first reported by Andersen Pickard.

Kevin Shackelford pitched with the Cincinnati Reds in both 2017 and 2018. In 2017 he posted a 4.70 ERA in 26 games across 30.2 innings with 13 walks and 38 strikeouts. In 2018 he only made five appearances with the big league club, posting a 7.88 ERA in 8.0 innings with 4 walks and 7 strikeouts. His last game pitched was on May 19th. He wound up tearing his UCL in his pitching elbow. He was released by the Reds on June 5th. The team still had to pay him through his rehab stint. If he pitches in 2019, it won’t be until the second half of the season.

Tim Adleman pitched with Cincinnati in both 2016 and 2017. In 2016 he posted a 4.00 ERA in 69.2 innings. In 2017 that ERA jumped to 5.51 in 122.1 innings. Home runs and walks jumped up quite a bit that season, but his strikeout rate also jumped up, too. In 2018 he signed with the Samsung Lions in the KBO. He made $950,000, and got another $100,000 as a signing bonus to take his talents to Korea. Adleman made 31 starts there and threw 171.0 innings with 54 walks and 137 strikeouts. You can see his full stats here (they aren’t on Baseball-Reference) for his 2018 season.

With Shackelford still recovering from Tommy John surgery, he certainly won’t be getting an invitation to big league spring training. It’s unknown at this point if the signing of Tim Adleman came with an invitation to spring training or not.

12 Responses

  1. Nep O'Tism

    I had to double check. It’s not April 1st, Doug. You mis-scheduled your article posting.

  2. Bill

    I always thought Adelman belonged in the bullpen. The hitch in his pitching motion seemed to be effective at throwing off hitters timing the first time through the lineup.

  3. Daytonian

    Adelman has a role to play. He’s had some good moments with the Reds. He may be needed for DH’s or if a couple of arms go down. Good move.

  4. MK

    Have to assume Adleman starts in Louisville. Have to think some combination of Romano, Reed, Mahle, Mella in addition to Santillan, Gutierrez, Strahan, Varner, and the return of Moscot and Travieso; there could be quite a backlog of starters at Louisville.

    • Mjc

      Mk, saw you mentioned N.Travieso have you Doug, or anyone heard any updates on him?

      • MK

        Wife communicated and he said he was feeling good. No other details though. Know he has played golf from Facebook.

  5. DHud

    Yeah Doug but how do you KNOW Shackleford tore his UCL?

    I kid…

  6. Cguy

    I can see a Bats pitching staff where 9 or 10 pitchers have ML experience.

  7. kyblu50

    Is there any kind of Spring Training Package if you are thinking about going there?

    • Doug Gray

      Just book a hotel, and either drive or fly to Phoenix. You can buy tickets to the big league games when you’re out there.

      The Reds sell packages, and if you’re looking to spend several thousand dollars, you can look into that.