The Cincinnati Reds made a set of roster moves today, calling up right-handed reliever Jimmy Herget. To make room for him on the roster the team designated left-handed reliever Zach Duke for assignment.

For Jimmy Herget, whenever he takes the mound he will be making his Major League debut. The right-handed pitcher was added to the 40-man roster in the offseason to protect him from the Rule 5 draft in December.

The 2019 season did not get out to a good start for Jimmy Herget. He was optioned back to Triple-A during mid-March after spending the first few weeks in spring training with the Major League team. After posting a 3.47 ERA in 59.2 innings for the Louisville Bats in 2018, and a 3.06 ERA in 32.1 innings for the Bats in the second half of 2017, part of a third year in Triple-A probably didn’t seem like it was an ideal situation. And in April, Herget really struggled for the Bats. His ERA was 5.68 in 11 games, and he walked more batters, 14, than he had innings pitched, 12.2. He did strike out 15 batters, and with everyone – including your grandmother – hitting home runs at a record pace, he only gave up 1 during the month.

But things turned around very quickly in May, and he hasn’t looked back since. In the 22 games since April ended, Jimmy Herget has thrown 25.0 innings, allowed 22 hits – including 4 home runs – , walked 10 batters and he has struck out 29. His ERA in that time is 2.52. That’s helped bring his ERA on the season down to 3.58.

He’s only pitched once in the last 10 days – throwing 1.2 shutout innings against Toledo on June 27th. Before that he last threw three times in a four day stretch from June 19th through the 22nd.

Jimmy Herget Scouting Report

What can we expect to see from Jimmy Herget when he goes out there and takes the mound? A lot, actually. He’s mostly a fastball/slider pitcher. But there’s a lot more to it than just that. His fastball will range anywhere from 91-96 MPH. But he will bring that fastball from multiple arm angles, ranging anywhere from nearly side-arm to more of a high 3/4 arm angle. His “normal” arm angle is a lower one, but he does mix things up. The slider works more low 80’s, and it’s an above-average offering with 2-plane breaking action. If he’s facing a left-handed hitter, a change up will show up at times – but it’s a below-average offering. Herget will also change up his timing to the plate.

He’s shown at times where he will pause in his action to the plate before coming home with the pitch. April aside, Jimmy Herget will generally throw strikes. His stuff won’t blow you away, but he does a little bit of everything else on top of having solid stuff.

19 Responses

  1. Scott C

    All I can say is that is about time the Reds DFA’d Duke and I m glad Hereto is getting his opportunity.

    • Doug Gray

      In todays game? Probably. Baseball has changed so much in the last three years, particularly with pitching.

  2. MK

    Gone from three, sometimes four lefties in the pen to one healthy. I hope Amir isn’t killed by being overused in the process.

  3. RojoBenjy

    Go get ’em, Jimmy!!!

    Hope Reed heals soon and can join you.

  4. Cguy

    That’s a bit of a head-scratcher to me. I know Duke was awful in April, with an ERA of over 12, but he’s been pretty effective since then. In May he pitched 8.2 innings allowing 7 hits, 5 walks, & 6 Strikeouts ;while posting a 1.04 ERA. In June he pitched 6.2 innings of 3 hit, 2 ER, walking 7 & striking out 8 with a 2.70 ERA. No doubt he’ll be picked up by somebody. I wish him well, as long as he’s not on the Cubs, Rats, Cads, or Brewcrew rosters.

    • Keith

      Hope the Cards or Cubs pick him up. If he gave up 22 walks and hits in 15.1 innings in May and June, that’s pretty terrible. Think ERA doesn’t tell the full story for a guy who’s supposed to come in and face one, maybe two batters.

      • Colorado Red

        Like to see the Rockies pick him up.
        They really need a guy like Duke.

      • Cguy

        What about that lousy Raisel iglesias? In 20 IP in May & June he allowed 31 hits & walks, plus 11 earned runs. By your standards, should Reds DFA him too?

  5. Krozley

    When did Cody Reed get dropped off the 40-man roster? I just noticed his name is missing and can’t find a record of the transaction.

    • Doug Gray

      He wasn’t. The Reds page is incorrect.

  6. AirborneJayJay

    Reds are talking to the Rays about LHP Hoby Milner at AAA and the recently DFA’d RHP Casey Sadler. Milner had two not good outings of 4 and 5 runs allowed which has skewed his ERA to north of 4. Otherwise been very good at AAA.
    Rays had 10 days to do something with Sadler, 8 days before running him thru waivers, or trade him. DFA’d on June 29. Clock is ticking. Caught in a roster numbers crunch to make room for McKay’s call up.

  7. cinvenfan

    Good luck to the kid. Hopefully he replaces Hernandez/Hughes when traded or leave in the offseason. Bad timing for Cody Reed’s injury, though, since they need at least another lefty.

  8. MK

    Fairchild back to Daytona. Rylan Thomas assigned to Dayton.

  9. MK

    VanMeter and Sims are not going to AAA All Star game per Reds request.

    • RojoBenjy

      Think they want them available for the MLB club?

      • MFG

        Because the Reds will be making some trades before the deadline and probably for prospects. The Reds have some tough decisions to make soon like when Tucker is ready to come off the IL. In my humble opinion Peraza is the odd man out. Ervin has earned a shot and Farmer is more valuable than Peraza.