Announced by Reds manager Bryan Price after Friday night’s game: Tyler Mahle will make his major league debut against the Pirates on Sunday afternoon.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 26, 2017
This is exactly the move I’ve been hoping to see the Reds make. There had been some sentiment that the Reds would not call up Mahle this season, but I thought he’d be here by September, at least. After all, the Reds have to put Mahle on the 40-man roster after the season anyway, so why not get him some big league time during this lost season?
Check out Mahle’s minor league stats; he’s been impressive at every level. This season, he began at Double-A Pensacola, where he posted a 7-3 record with a 1.59 ERA. He was promoted to Triple-A Louisville, and over 10 starts, Mahle has a 2.73 ERA with a 51/13 strikeout to walk ratio. He doesn’t overpower people, but he throws strikes and knows how to pitch.
By the actual numbers, Mahle has been as good as any pitcher in the organization over the last couple of years. Even better: he’s only 22 years old. I can’t wait to see this kid in the big leagues.
The Reds will have to make room on the 40-man roster for Mahle, so we’ll look forward to seeing what that transaction will be. (Scott Feldman to the 60-day disabled list?)
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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