When the draft is over, the Cincinnati Reds aren’t finished when it comes to acquiring players. While there are over 1200 players selected in each draft, there are still guys out there who went undrafted that teams are interested in bring into the organization.

While there are probably going to be a few more added, two players have inked deals with the Reds already. Anthony Zimmerman, who played pitched four seasons at Fordham, reportedly signed with the team on Wednesday. He didn’t get much time on the mound from 2016-1028, throwing 14.2 innings, 8.2 innings, and 9.0 innings in those seasons. But as a senior he threw 29.2 innings out of the Fordham bullpen over 22 games and posted a 0.91 ERA. He didn’t give up a home run, and he only allowed 1 in his entire career over 60.0 innings pitched. Walks were a bit high as he handed out 17 free passes. But he also struck out 48 batters along the way.

Anthony Zimmerman Career Stats at Fordham

The Reds also signed right-handed pitcher Thomas Lane out of Boston College. He didn’t pitch in 2017 – he was suspended for the season for a violation of team rules (unspecified). But he returned in 2018 and 2019, where he was solid but unspectacular. The walks were an issue in his time at Boston College. His senior season was the only year in which he struck out more hitters than he walked. That, though, was more of a function of his strikeout rate doubling from previous years than an improvement in his high walk rate. It does seem worth noting that he played in the New England Collegiate League in the summer of 2018, and in limited action, throwing 14.1 innings, he walked just 3 batters and had 15 strikeouts.

Chattanooga Lookouts have 5 All-Stars

The Southern League announced their All-Star team this week and the Chattanooga Lookouts and Cincinnati Reds were well represented. And they’ve got representation on both sides of the baseball.

Ibandel Isabel, Alfredo Rodriguez, and Taylor Trammell will all represent the Lookouts on the offensive side of the baseball. Isabel, the Chattanooga first baseman, is leading the league in home runs with 14 and he is also second with 38 runs batted in. Shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez is currently 6th in the league with a .297 average, and he’s also added 8 steals on the season. Trammell, the Lookouts left fielder, is 5th in the league with 13 stolen bases and 11th in on-base percentage at .363 on the year.

On the pitching side of things starter Tejay Antone and Joel Kuhnel will don their Chattanooga hats for the North Division All-Star team. Antone has made 11 starts on the season and has a 2.83 ERA in 63.2 innings pitched and is second in the league in ground ball rate. Kuhnel is second in the league with 9 saves, and has a 2.64 ERA in 30.2 innings on the year.

10 Responses

  1. Oldtimer

    Trammell .236 BA but .364 OBP. Trying to emulate Joey Votto?

    • DaveCT

      Demonstrating on base skill.

      Double A ball is tough. Many consider it the toughest jump to make. Let’s not forget he was not a full time baseball player until just a couple years ago.

  2. Choo Choo Coleman

    Alfredo have a really nice season. Maybe ready for a promotion to next level.

  3. Simon Cowell

    will the Reds release Puig in the same fashion as Kemp? If not, then what would it Take? surely the Reds would be better served with Dietrich and Gennett in the the line up simultaneously

  4. redwolf

    I keep reading here that Fredo is not hitting, but yet his average is 297 and he made the all-star team. So, which is it?