Nick Lodolo, the Cincinnati Reds 1st round draft pick and #7 overall selection made his professional debut on Thursday night. The Reds assigned the left-handed pitcher to their Advanced-Rookie level team in Billings, Montana. The former TCU product pitched just one inning for the Mustangs on Thursday, which was planned. The first batter of the game singled. But he was thrown out attempting to steal second base. The next batter was struck out looking. The third batter of the inning was also struck out, on three pitches, swinging through the final strike. 11 pitches, 9 strikes, and 2 strikeouts. Not a bad day of work in your first game.

While we are only dealing with 11 pitches, they were all either a fastball or a slider. Nick Lodolo also has a curveball and a change up, but he didn’t go to them on Thursday night. Instead he mixed his fastball, that sat at 94 MPH, and his slider, that worked at 80 MPH against the Great Falls batters. It was all he would need.

Aristides Aquino’s hit streak ends at 22 games

On Thursday afternoon Louisville Bats outfielder Aristides Aquino saw his 22-game hit streak come to an end. He began the game 0-4, and heading to the top of the 9th inning he was due up 5th. His teammates did their job to get him to the plate. Down by 1, the Bats had runners on with 2 outs for Aquino, who had one last chance to extend both the game, and his streak. Unfortunately for The Punisher he just missed the ball, getting under it and popping out to the first baseman to end the game. During his streak, Aquino hit .345/.415/.667 for Louisville. The 22-game streak is the second longest in the history of the Louisville Bats.

Wendell Marrero has a big night for the AZL Reds

Two nights ago Wendell Marrero got his first professional hit. The 11th round draft pick out of Puerto Rico homered on Wednesday night for the first hit of his career. Last night he put together a big night at the plate to celebrate. The 18-year-old left-handed hitter went 4-4, was hit by a pitch, doubled, scored 3 runs, and he drove in 2 more in the Reds win on Thursday night.

8 Responses

  1. MK

    One inning. I have no idea what that approach accomplished. The kid has been going deep into games all spring. I get that he needs to have his innings limited due to his heavy college workload. It wasn’t that he didn’t use a couple of his pitches. He didn’t have enough time to use them. I would think five five-inning starts would be be more educational for him than 25 of 1 inning.

    • JK

      It’s also that he hasn’t pitched in almost a month. If you took a month off after training for a marathon, how would you do the first time back? There’s no need for injuries.

      • MK

        It has bee two weeks and a half weeks (June 1). He has been on a rotation of a week off between starts for a couple years and I’m sure had a couple bullpens in Arizona. Sometimes we wonder why they can not develop pitchers.

    • The Duke

      I imagine that next time out he’ll go 2-3, then 3-4 the next time, and then likely get bumped up to Dayton where he’ll get normal starts for about 5-6 starts and then they’ll call it a season around 140 IP or so. Maybe push him to 150 IP and have no worries about innings limits in 2020.

  2. reds

    Having pipe dreams of Hunter Greene and Nick Lodolo becoming Dwight Gooden and Cole Hamels. Dream big

    • RojoBenjy

      Minus the substance abuse problem and attitude problems, respectively.

  3. Mustang John

    I think the weather had a little bit to do with it. 55 degrees and light rain at game time

  4. kevinz

    Hope the Headache for Senzel not from his Vertigo. He was starting to Flex his Power.