I was not a big fan of the Randa signing at the beginning of the season, but it turned out wonderfully for our Reds.

Travis Chick, the younger of the two guys in the trade, looks like a stud. A big Texas Boy that last year struck out 167 batters in 133 innings! HIs WHIP was very close to 1.00 and he only gave up 15 homers. The best part, he was only 20 at the time!!

This year at age 21 in AA he has 92ks in 97 inings with a 5.27 ERA. But his last two starts have been promising:

July 15 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 7K
July 20 7 IP, 2H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4K

The other guy in the trade, Justin Germano, while not wowing the scouting services like Chick, overly impressive has done some nice things at a young age.98K in 122 innings with a 3.37 ERA for AAA Portland last year at age 21 is not too shabby. This year at AAA he has been equally as impressie with 100Ks so far in 112 innings, and a 3.70 ERA.

His last start was great!

July 19, 9 IP, 4 H, 0 ER,2 BB, 4 Ks gave up only one EBH (a double)
July 14, 6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
July 6 7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

KUDOS Dan O’Brien!! Now go trade Casey and Aurilia!!