Cincinnati Reds sign RHP Johnathon Tripp Doug Gray August 10, 2019 14 Comments 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. Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditPocket 14 Responses Doc August 10, 2019 You have to like the confidence and attitude of a guy who goes undrafted and unsigned, but continues to chase his dream. Simon Cowell August 10, 2019 I would not bet against this guy making it to the majors. MK August 10, 2019 How much? I will. Odds are too good to pass on. Simon Cowell August 10, 2019 I was just trying to be positive and demonstrate how impressive it is for this guy to continually fight to play the game he loves. RojoBenjy August 10, 2019 Does Greeneville need pitching? Or do the Reds see something more? Doug Gray August 10, 2019 The Reds are very low on pitching. They have been all year. There’s been an incredibly high number of undrafted pitcher signings and indy ball pitcher signings this year. Injuries have depleted an already short supply of pitchers. Curt August 12, 2019 Which is why I ask, why would they give Mantiply, a lefty, to the Yankees for nothing. What am I missing? Doug Gray August 12, 2019 They didn’t give him to them for nothing. They got an unspecified amount of cash in return for him. He wasn’t in the Reds plans moving forward, so they got something for him while there was something being offered. Simon Cowell August 10, 2019 Aquino and Vanmeter makes me wonder if we shouldn’t pay more attention to AAA stats. kevinz August 10, 2019 Good Point Simon i agree. Another thing to look at is guys willing to put in the work change how they have hit their whole Lives. Ervin Meter Aquino Now Senzel. Michael Smith August 11, 2019 @Simon. I think we should always pay attention to guys who are 200 ops points above league average Curt August 12, 2019 With more competition than ever and the same limited number of jobs in the MLB, is it possible that in 2019 the leap from AAA to the bigs just isn’t the leap that it used to be. Or put another way, more MLB ready players than ever are blocked/stuck in AAA because no openings are available. Simon Cowell August 10, 2019 If I wasn’t blocked on RLN I’d give you money over there as well. Just saying… when was the last time I posted a negative post? Don’t you believe in second chances? Doug Gray August 12, 2019 There’s no way to “give money” at Redleg Nation. I do know this much: I didn’t ban you at Redleg Nation because when I ban someone here or there, I ban them at both places. Since you aren’t banned here, that means you were banned by another person who was moderating the comments there. And I believe in *some* second chances.