It has already been an exciting day for the Reds, as they just selected RHP/SS Hunter Greene with the #2 pick in the MLB Draft. Later tonight, the Cincinnati Reds (29-33) kick off a three game series at the San Diego Padres (24-40) at 10:10 PM. The Reds are coming off a very disappointing series against the Dodgers, where the Reds were swept. The Reds had good chances to win in the last two games, and on Sunday the Reds blew a late 7-4 lead. The Reds have now fallen to 29-33, but are still just 3.0 games out of first place in the NL Central.
The Padres are tied for the most losses in the MLB with the Phillies at 40. The Padres have recently had a complete overhaul in the management, from the GM to the manager, so their lack of success on the field was expected. The Padres have arguably the worst offense in baseball, so hopefully the Reds pitching can have some success over the next three days.
|OBP||.329 (9th)||.291 (30th)|
|SLG||.452 (4th)||.377 (29th)|
|wRC+||103 (6th)||79 (29th)|
|DRS||34 (1st)||-29 (29th)|
|SP ERA||5.87 (30th)||5.05 (28th)|
|SP FIP||5.94 (30th)||4.59 (20th)|
|RP ERA||3.48 (7th)||5.05 (28th)|
|RP FIP||4.02 (14th)||4.46 (2nd)|
If you are looking for positives with Bronson Arroyo, he has at least not got rocked in his last three starts (16.2 IP, 7 ER). If you are looking for realism, Arroyo has been the worst pitcher in the MLB in terms of FIP (6.88), and it isn’t even close. In fact, Arroyo’s 6.88 FIP and 2.84 HR/9 are the worst in MLB history of any pitcher that has qualified for the ERA title.
Luis Perdomo signed with the Cardinals as an international free agent in 2010. He was then picked up by the Rockies in the Rule 5 draft in 2015, and was traded right away to the Padres. He was never a high prospect throughout his time in the minors. He made his MLB debut last year for the Padres, and ended up making 20 starts (35 total appearances). He struggled overall posting a 5.71 ERA/4.84 FIP.
Perdomo has been a little better this season, raising his strikeouts and lowering his home runs, but still has a way to go. He has a nice fastball, which can reach up to 97 MPH. He has shown some flashes of brilliance, including two starts ago against the Cubs: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. He has also got beat around several times this season too. He made 1 start against the Reds last year: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.
|1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Jose Peraza (2B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Bronson Arroyo (P)
|1. Jose Pirela (LF)
2. Franchy Cordero (CF)
3. Wil Myers (1B)
4. Yangervis Solarte (2B)
5. Hunter Renfroe (RF)
6. Cory Spangenberg (3B)
7. Allen Cordoba (SS)
8. Austin Hedges (C)
9. Luis Perdomo (P)
Reds take RHP/SS Hunter Greene
For a second straight year the Reds picked #2 in the MLB Draft. The Reds appear to have struck gold in their pick of 3B Nick Senzel last year. This year, the Reds had Hunter Greene fall into their lap, the consensus top talent. Both Baseball America and MLB Pipleline had Greene as the best overall player in the draft. Greene’s fastball has been registered at 102 MPH, and has already been on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Greene's sister on courageous fight against cancer https://t.co/utPL4KcHUI
— ɴɪᴄᴋ ᴋɪʀʙy (@Nicholaspkirby) June 12, 2017
During the MLB Draft show on the MLB Network, they did a really great piece on Greene and how he took excellent care of his sister who was battling leukemia. Greene appears to be a humble and well spoken young man. Steve Mancuso will be writing much more about Greene, so be sure to lookout for that! Be sure to give Hunter a follow on Twitter and welcome him to the Queen City: @HunterGreene17!
Cozart takes over NL SS All-Star vote lead
Zack Cozart, yes Zack Cozart, now has the most votes for NL SS! Cozart is well on his way to having Votto buy him a donkey. Speaking of Votto, it is fairly disappointing that the best 1B in baseball is 5th, but let’s hope that the players/Joe Maddon aren’t dumb enough to leave him off the roster.
Hunter Greene falling into the Reds lap is awesome. The Reds now have another great talent in the system. On the field now, the Reds had a very disappointing series in LA over the weekend. The good news is that the Padres are a much more formidable opponent that the Dodgers. It’s time for the Reds to get rolling, and beat up on a struggling team (the Padres have lost 6 of 7). Go Reds!
Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.