Cincinnati Reds Brennan Bernardino excels in Arizona Fall League

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Despite a short season in the AFL, Brennan Bernardino is showing off for the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cincinnati Reds sent four pitchers and four position players to the Arizona Fall League, but Brennan Bernardino stands out among them.  Bernardino is a lefty reliever.  He spent all season at Double-A Pensacola.

Bernardino went 2-4 with an ERA of 4.46 for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.  He threw 40 ⅓ innings over 38 games.  He also struck out 42, but surrendered a similarly high nineteen walks.

In the AFL Bernardino has pitched in six games, throwing ten innings.  He has only walked three, while striking out seven.  This has resulted in an ERA of 0.90.

In 2016 Bernardino was in High-A.  He went 5-3 with an ERA  of 3.71.  He pitched 60 ⅔ innings over fifty appearances.

Ironically, in 2015 Bernardino was closer to the big leagues than he is today.  He pitched in Double-A and Triple- A that year.  He went 2-3 with a 3.64 ERA in Double-a before falling apart in Triple-A.

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His first year in professional baseball Bernardino pitched in rookie ball, dominating the league.  He only allowed an ERA of 1.01, while going 1-1.  He pitched in 22 games throwing 26 ⅔ innings.

Brennan Bernardino is so good that he represented the Cincinnati Reds in the Arizona Fall League All-Star Game.

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Bernardino was the Reds lone representative in the AFL All-Star Game.  He made it into the game for one inning.  He was the winning pitcher for the East team.

This was the 12th annual AFL ASG.  The East was led by Victor Robles, the top prospect of the Washington Nationals.  He went 1 for 3  with two runs, a stolen base and a walk.

Robles scored the game winning run in the bottom of the eighth.  The East also scored first in the game.  The West answered that score with one of their own in the first.

The game was started by another lefty, Justus Sheffield of the New York Yankees.  The game was tied from the end of the first until the fifth inning. Then San Diego Padres’ prospect Luis Urias hit a home run.

Bernardino came into the game with the score still in favor of the West.  He didn’t allow a hit or a run in his inning of work.  Then he became the winner when the East scored three in the bottom of the inning.

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Bernardino looks well poised to get an audition in spring training.  Winning the AFL ASG and excelling in the fall league can only help.  Hopefully, other teammates will take the advantage of their time there as well.