One thing that comes up often from fans and followers on my twitter feed is that the Cincinnati Reds pitchers don’t throw enough strikes. Sometimes that applies to guys in the Major Leagues and sometimes it’s a critique of guys in the Minor Leagues. At times that critique is valid. Today I wanted to point out several pitchers who are pounding the strikezone this season in the minors for the organization.
The Starting Pitchers
Rob Wooten leads the starting pitchers with the lowest walk rate. He’s not exactly a prospect, already 31-years-old. The Bats pitcher has a 3.2% walk rate this year with just three walks in 21.1 innings pitched. The next five guys are all of “prospect age”.
Vladimir Gutierrez is next on the list and he’s arguably the top pitching prospect in the organization. I actually wrote all about him at RedsMinorLeagues.com today with a little bit of video to go along with a scouting report. He’s walked just 3.8% of the batters he’s faced this year and he’s been racking up the strikeouts for Daytona, too.
Luis Castillo, another player in the discussion for top pitching prospect in the organization, is next on the list. The 24-year-old has walked just 4% of the batters he’s faced this season for Double-A Pensacola.
Jesus Reyes is fourth on the list with a 4.2% walk rate. The 24-year-old is pitching with Daytona and has performed well so far with a 2.61 ERA to go along with his low walk rate for the Tortugas.
Ryan Olson comes in at fifth on the list. He has walked just 4.3% of the batters that he has faced for the Dragons this season. He is currently on the disabled list, though, and may not return until some point next month.
Wennington Romero rounds out the top six. The 19-year-old lefty has walked just 4.7% of the batters he has faced this year for the Dayton Dragons. He’s also been striking out a bunch of hitters.
Here’s the Top 10 among the starting pitchers:
Tanner Rainey tops the list among the relievers. He’s walked just 3.2% of the hitters he has faced this year. This is probably the biggest surprise of the year so far. Last year he walked nearly 14% of the batters that he faced. His turn around as a reliever has been outstanding for the Tortugas.
Jesse Adams comes in next on the list. The lefty has only walked 3.6% of the batters he’s faced this year for the Dayton Dragons.
Jake Paulson missed most of the 2016 season, but has returned throwing strikes. The big right hander has walked just 5.6% of the batters he’s faced in 2017 for Daytona.
Aaron Fossas if fourth on the list. The 24-year-old has walked 7.7% of the batters he’s faced this year for the Dayton Dragons while posting a 0.44 ERA.
Evan Mitchell wraps up the top five. The righty is the only reliever in the upper minor leagues on the list. He’s walked 7.9% of the batters he’s faced off against this season.
Here’s the Top 10 among the relievers: