Throwing a no hitter is one of the hardest, most impressive feats to accomplish in the baseball world. In fact, in over 100 years of baseball, the Cincinnati Reds franchise has only seen 17 no-hitters tossed in their illustrious history.
The last Reds player to achieve this feat was Wade Miley. The soft throwing lefty achieved this feat on May 7th, 2021 in a game against the Cleveland Guardians that was nearly rained out.
Miley struck out eight batters, and allowed just two runners to reach. With a temporary Incredible Hulk tattoo on his arm provided by his young son, Miley spun nine innings of no-hit baseball and the celebration ensued.
Graham Ashcraft will be the next Reds pitcher to throw a no-hitter.
When looking at the current Cincinnati Reds roster, there are three pitchers that have the highest potential to become the next to pitch a no-hitter. The trio of Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, and Graham Ashcraft are easily the most likely candidates.
At various times throughout their brief careers, all three have proven to be, very difficult to hit. The biggest difference, however, is pitch efficiency. Lodolo and Greene lack the ability to consistently get past the sixth inning, oftentimes hitting the 100-pitch mark before the fifth inning. Though Greene did make it through eight scoreless innings last season.
Ashcraft, on the other hand, went at least eight innings twice last season, including an outing against the Miami Marlins last August when he made it into the ninth inning, recording 25 of the 27 outs on just 107 pitches.
Ashcraft will need to find another pitch, preferably the revitalization of his changeup (thrown just 12 times in 2022 according to Baseball Savant) in order to make this achievement even more realistic.
All three of these pitchers have the potential to throw a no hitter, but Graham Ashcraft has shown the ability to mix and match his pitches, get deep into ball games, and pitches to contact. While Hunter Greene and Nick Lodolo are also in the conversation, Ashcraft is clearly the most likely to accomplish this feat.