There are five reasons — perhaps six — why Greg Reynolds won’t get the phone call he is hoping for. Those reasons are named Latos, Bailey, Leake, Arroyo, Cingrani and Cueto. And as we all know, the Reds have one of the best starting rotations in baseball.
But Johnny Cueto is on the disabled list, Tony Cingrani is a rookie and with the wave of injuries that has plagued the Reds in 2013, nothing is etched in stone. Things can change quickly.
And consider this: Greg Reynolds, starting pitcher for the Reds Triple A team in Louisville has a 10-0 record, a sparkling 2.44 ERA, leads the International League in innings pitched (114), and was just named to the All-Star team. In those 114 innings, he’s allowed 109 hits, struck out 74 and walked 20.
Last Monday night, Reynolds and the Bats defeated Indianapolis to raise his record to 10-0, the first time in the history of Louisville baseball that has happened. “Confidence-wise,” said Reynolds before Tuesday night’s game, “this is the highest I’ve ever been. It’s been a while since I went out there and have thrown so well.”
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Asked to describe the type of pitcher he is, Reynolds said, “I try to keep the ball in play, throw strikes and get a lot of ground balls. I’m not just a thrower anymore but a pitcher. I’m more of a strike thrower.”
And that’s why Greg Reynolds, a former 2006 first round draft choice of the Colorado Rockies, is 10-0 for Louisville. “I didn’t know him before this year,” said Bats pitching coach Ted Power, “but right now he’s pitching efficient and with confidence. He has good command of three to four pitches on most nights. He keeps his pitch count down. He’s not overpowering but he finds the spots.”
Reynolds made his major league debut just two years after being drafted by the Rockies. He played college baseball for Stanford and was the highest drafted player in Cardinal history. “It was quicker than I expected because I didn’t make a lot of starts in 2007 because I had a shoulder injury. I started against the Padres in San Diego and that was really cool because my family came down from Sand Francisco and it was Mother’s Day. I was on cloud nine that day.”
The 6’7” righthander was then slowed down by a right elbow contusion, which placed him on the 60-day disabled list to start off the 2010 season. Colorado then traded him to Texas and then the Rangers released him. Reynolds signed with the Reds last December. “We tried to find a good organization to sign with and the Reds fit that.”
Reynolds got off to a good start this season and gives a lot of credit to Power. “I can’t say enough about Ted Power. He’s one of the best coaches I have ever worked with. He keeps things simple, he figures out what makes you tick and he asks you about your thought process. He’s a good listener. He gives you a good blueprint on how to approach the game.”
The Louisville hurler was named to the International League All-Star game this week as well (along with his teammate, center fielder Billy Hamilton). “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be 10-0. I’m happy about it but this game humbles you real quick. It can turn real quick. You have to be ready for that and adapt to it.”
As for returning to the majors, Reynolds tries to block it out. “I know it’s out of my control. Everyone here, that’s their goal. If it happens, it will be nice because first, the Reds have a great team and the Reds are such a good organization. The front office will do their job, I just need to keep doing mine. I try not to get caught up in the moment.”
But Greg Reynolds thinks about it. Who wouldn’t? Cueto is frail in 2013 and while Cingrani is still effective, he throws a lot of pitches and walks too many hitters. Reynolds would accept any role the Reds give him. “Anything they want, any role, I’ll pitch,” Reynolds said.
The Reds minor league farm system is painfully thin on talent. But pitching wise, they have promoted Cingrani with success and they have Reynolds waiting in the wings. And the Central Division race isn’t thinning out. Who knows when Reynolds might get that phone call?