The Cincinnati Reds have gone back to not only the Frontier League, but to the Florence Freedom to pick up another pitcher. Yesterday they signed right-handed pitcher Johnathon Tripp to a minor league contract. He has been assigned to the Greeneville Reds to begin his professional career.
The 25-year-old played three seasons at Texas Tech from 2013-2015. He then sat out a season before completing his college time as a senior at New Mexico. He was mostly a reliever at Texas Tech, pitching in 40 games and making just seven starts. At New Mexico he made 13 starts and two relief appearances.
He went undrafted and unsigned following the 2017 season at New Mexico and signed on to play in the Pecos League with California City where he made five starts down the stretch for them. Last year he spent the entire year with the Florence Freedom, posting a 2.70 ERA in 38 relief appearances that spanned 43.1 innings with 15 walks (4 intentional) and 55 strikeouts while racking up 15 saves. This season he’s been even better. Back with the Freedom he posted a 1.06 ERA and picked up 13 saves in 42.1 innings. He walked just 10 batters and had 41 strikeouts.