The Cincinnati Reds have chosen the players that will fill out the 40-man roster and, hopefully, lead the team to their second divisional crown in the last three years.
In part I of the series, I looked at three fielders that the Reds expect to help out in pinch hitting or relief situations. In this part of the series, I am going to look at two pitchers that will be brought in tomorrow to help out in spot or mop-up situations: Pedro Villarreal and Todd Redmond.
Villarreal is coming to the Reds from Louisville. The 6′ 1″, 225 lbs. righthander was drafted by the Reds in the 7th round in 2008. He split time this season between Pensacola and Louisville and amassed a 4-14 record. He comes to Cincinnati with an ERA of 4.36. Although his record or his ERA isn’t, well, even good, he does have 107 strikeouts in 148 innings of work. I imagine he will be brought in for one batter at a time or in lopsided wins or losses.
Redmond will be making another return for the Reds. He is the only pitcher to start a game this season that isn’t part of the starting five. In that one start, against the Chicago Cubs, Redmond was rocked for 4 runs in 3 innings and took the loss.
In AAA ball this season, the righthander had an 8-11 record with a 3.63 ERA and, impressively, 136 strikeouts in 148 innings of work. Remember, the Reds traded for him back in June to be a possible starter for the big club. I doubt he will see more than spot duty, unless the Reds determine that they need to give a starter a breather before the playoffs start. He would be the logical choice for Dusty Baker in that case.
I can’t say I’m impressed with the extra players the Reds have brought up. They certainly do not have the stats to support such a move in Louisville, but stats don’t tell the whole story. We will definitely see.