The Reds announced Thursday morning that they have optioned lefthander Cody Reed to AAA Louisville and called up right handed reliever Austin Brice to take his place on the roster.
Reed’s demotion comes on the heels of his Wednesday night performance which saw him walk 4 batters and allow a 2 run home run over a 2 inning stint.
Per C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, here is what Reds manager Bryan Price said about Reed’s demotion:
“The one message we want to send to everybody in our organization is you have to be able to throw strikes. That’s the No. 1 prerequisite to coming to the major leagues,” Price said on Thursday. “You have to be able to throw strikes…….
“I don’t know what it is specifically that’s allowed him (Reed) to struggle a bit with his command this year compared to what we see in spring training a year ago and again, this spring. But his command hasn’t been nearly as good as we saw when we initially had him in Double-A, Triple-A and spring training a year ago.”
This demotion is the latest setback for Reed who at this time last year appeared on a fast track to become a high impact starter for the Reds after coming to the organization from the Kansas City Royals in the Johnny Cueto deal at the 2014 trade deadline.
Reed was first brought to the major leagues by the Reds in mid June of 2016 on the heels of an impressive two and half month run at AAA Louisville to open the 2016 season. However with the Reds in 2016, Reed struggled with his command and control. In 10 starts he compiled a 7.06 ERA (6.36 FIP) and was sent back to AAA in mid August. He was recalled to the Reds later in the 2016 season but saw no further game action.
Reed’s struggles with control continued this spring. He found himself by passed for a regular rotation spot by rookies Amir Garrett and Rookie Davis. Reed was working somewhat irregularly out of the major league bullpen when he was given a spot start April 22 while Davis was on the DL. The start was a disaster for Reed and the Reds. In just two inning Reed walked 4 and surrendered 2 home runs on his way to allowing 7 earned runs. The fateful appearance Wednesday was Reed’s second relief appearance since that start.
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