The Cincinnati Reds made two roster moves this morning. They re-instated Jose Iglesias from paternity leave. To create room for him on the roster, Josh VanMeter was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

For Josh VanMeter, he’ll head back to the International League, where he was the Player of the Month in April before being called up. With the Reds he had limited playing time, getting an occasional start, but mostly was used in a pinch hitting role. He only hit .220 in his time with the Reds, and had just 2 extra-base hits – both doubles, in 49 trips to the plate over 28 games played. But what he did do was get on base. He posted a .347 on-base percentage in his time in Cincinnati thanks to a good plate approach that saw him walk just over 12% of the time.

Jose Siri promoted to Triple-A

Prior to the Louisville Bats game in Gwinnett on Tuesday night, the Cincinnati Reds promoted Jose Siri to Triple-A Louisville. The outfielder had been in Double-A Chattanooga where he hit .270/.323/.370 with 17 steals, 18 walks, and 78 strikeouts in 253 plate appearances. He started for the Bats in center field on Tuesday and led off. He went 0-4 with a walk, and he threw out two different runners on the bases – one at home and one at third base to send the game into extra-innings.

Wendell Marrero makes his first hit a bit one

The Cincinnati Reds drafted Wendell Marrero with their 11th round pick out of Puerto Rico earlier this month. He was assigned to the Arizona League Reds, and after going 0-4 in his debut, he took the field again on Tuesday night. In the 8th inning, sitting on an 0-3 night, he gave the AZL Reds the lead with his first hit, and first home run of his professional career.

Nick Travieso returns to the mound

September 5, 2016. That was the last day that Nick Travieso pitched in a baseball game. And it was a good one, too. That night he threw 7.2 shutout innings with a walk and 6 strikeouts for the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos as he wrapped up his season. But things didn’t go so well moving forward. The right-handed pitcher missed all of the 2017 season after having shoulder surgery. Then he missed all of the 2018 season because of that shoulder surgery. And he missed the first half of the 2019 season as he continued to battle back from that shoulder surgery.

Last night in Billings, Montana, Nick Travieso took the mound in a game. He came out of the bullpen for the Mustangs against the Great Falls Voyagers to start the 6th inning. The results weren’t great – he walked 3 batters and allowed a hit to go along with 1 strikeout in 0.2 innings. But that doesn’t really matter. For the first time in nearly three years he was out on the field in a game that counts in a record book.

15 Responses

  1. Klugo

    I liked what I saw from Mr VanMeter. I also like hearing Travieso and Nick Howard’s (mentioned in another recent post) names coming back up. Lots of potential there.

    • Oldtimer

      Good success as pinch hitter. Promising for bench player.

  2. Jonathan Linn

    That’s great for Nick Travieso and a long road back. Shoulders can be tough – my wife is a PT and she has said multiple times that the shoulder is the most complex joint in the body…

  3. RojoBenjy

    Fun times with the new kids being added.

    Like the Siri promotion. Hope he keeps it going.

    The Punisher keeps rolling and it’s nice to see.

    Wm. K. has something more to be proud of as well!

    Would love to see Van Meter keep raking in AAA again. Would tell us much about his validity as a hitter. Really wish his long foul the other day would have stayed fair. That would have been a special moment for him.

    Keep up the good reporting and research, Doug!

  4. TMango

    How in the world are they going to find playing time for all of these guys at AAA, especially in the outfield?

    • Cguy

      Trade some for pitching talent. Great job Van Meter. Go get ’em Siri & Travieso.

    • Krozley

      Chattanooga only has two healthy OFs on their roster so someone like Crook could go there. Or Siri will go back on Thursday after the all-star break.

  5. Hoyce

    Doug – I’m reading rumors that it’s possible for Francisco lindor to be made available at the deadline. 2 questions here: 1) what do u think it would take to acquire him
    And 2) would the reds be able to afford an extension for him if he was acquired??

  6. Dave

    Great comeback win for Reds today. Good to see clutch hits from Senzel and Winker.

  7. Cguy

    Hello, McFly. Mahle & Bowman beat Astros & allow 2 runs in 9 innings for a sweep?Maybe even this impotent offense can ride this exceptional pitching staff into contention. Especially if they understand this is a pitching first team.

  8. Mustang John

    Nick did not look good last night I felt bad for him. Wild and clocked at 87

  9. MikeD

    Big hits today; Peraza, Senzel and Winker. For those that believe Peraza should not be an everyday player, I disagree. Last year was not a fluke and between a slow start and bouncing around this season he has struggled. He will be fine if the Reds just let him play. The problem is, where are they going to fit everyone once Scooter is back? Too much talent may never be a bad thing, but it can work against you.