Cincinnati Reds Promote Adam Duvall from Triple-A Louisville


The first piece of the return for Mike Leake has arrived in the big leagues, as the Cincinnati Reds have recalled Adam Duvall from Triple-A Louisville to replace Brennan Boesch on the active roster.

Boesch was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle contusion.

Duvall has been mired in a slump since being dealt to the Reds from the San Francisco Giants in the Leake deal. He homered in three of his first four games with the Bats, but is hitting just .189/.260/.358 with four home runs overall. Lately, Duvall has shown signs of busting out of the skid, as he was in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak upon his promotion to Cincinnati.

The soon-to-be 27-year-old still has impressive overall numbers, leading all Triple-A hitters and ranking third among all minor league players with 30 home runs, to go along with 29 doubles and a slash-line of .264/.312/.511.

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The biggest knock on Duvall is his defense, but he did not make an error in 102 chances during his time with Louisville. Defense is about more than how many errors a player does or doesn’t make, but that has to be an encouraging sign for the organization.

Duvall has been used primarily as a left fielder since the trade, but has seen time at first base, as well. He’d spent most of his minor league career as a third baseman, but he hasn’t been used there since the trade and likely won’t any time soon, given that the reviews on his ability to play the position are less than favorable.

He also has major league experience, appearing in 28 games with the Giants in 2014. In 77 plate appearances, Duvall hit .192/.234/.342 with two doubles, three home runs and five runs batted in, though he watched his teammates capture the World Series title from the dugout after ultimately being left off the Giants’ playoff roster.

Duvall will wear jersey No. 23 with the Reds, a number that was last donned by Donald Lutz.

Michael Lorenzen was also called up in order to replace David Holmberg in the starting rotation and will take the mound in Monday’s game against the Chicago Cubs.

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