Cincinnati Reds: Three players who should be sent to the alternate site

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 12: Travis Jankowski #31 of the Cincinnati Reds slides headfirst into third base. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 12: Travis Jankowski #31 of the Cincinnati Reds slides headfirst into third base. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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Cody Reed #23 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the sixth inning.
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – AUGUST 09: Cody Reed #23 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the sixth inning. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

3. Reds reliever Cody Reed

I struggled with this one, as there are a few other names that crossed my mind. However, in the end, I find it incredibly hard to trust Cody Reed on the hill. Yes, his last trip to the mound was somewhat successful, going 2.2 innings and allowing just one hit while striking out three. However, let’s look at the context of that game.

That appearance from Reed followed Anthony DeSclafani’s worse start of his career. Disco allowed nine runs in the first two innings and was replaced by Reed in the third inning. The Reds were down 9-1 when Reed entered the game. That’s about as low-pressure of a situation as you’ll see.

I’m not here to bash Reed for that performance, as he should be commended for coming in and doing his job, effectively quieting the Pirates bats. However, Cody Reed hasn’t had a very successful track record and has surrendered two runs in three of his seven appearances this season.

Reed’s ERA is currently sitting at 7.04 through 7.2 innings of work. Reed has just six strikeouts and his 12.8% walk-rate is not very encouraging. With Cody Reed out of minor league options, should the Cincinnati Reds send the left-hander down, he’d be designated for assignment and have to clear waivers before being able to return to the team’s 60-man player pool.

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Is it time to give up on Cody Reed? One more poor outing might be enough for the Reds front office to make a move. Cincinnati does not have another left-handed reliever on the 40-man roster, but Jesse Biddle, Brandon Finnegan and Nick Lodolo are currently at the team’s alternate site in Mason.