Travieso (groin) allowed two earned runs over four innings in his last start with Double-A Pensacola. Travieso went 12 days between starts due to a groin injury that landed him on the minor league disabled list, but he is back in action for Pensacola. Travieso is off to a good start this year, posting a 2.63 ERA and striking out 13 batters in 13.2 innings over three starts.
Travieso is on Double-A Pensacola's DL, retroactive to April 13, with a right groin strain. In his first two starts at Pensacola, Travieso pitched 9.2 innings, posting a 1.86 ERA, 1.522 WHIP and 8:4 K:BB ratio. The Reds' first-round pick in 2012 will probably spent the vast majority of his season in Pensacola.
Travieso will probably begin 2016 in Double-A. Travieso struggled Saturday, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks over 1.2 innings, striking out one. Despite the rough outing, Travieso impressed manager Bryan Price. "He's a stud. This kid cannot just pitch, he believes in his stuff," Price said. "He just doesn't back down to people. When you have to try to teach guys or lead guys toward confidence or toughness, that's a challenge. He doesn't lack confidence or trust in his stuff."
The Reds made their first round of spring cuts Tuesday, optioning outfielder Juan Duran to Double-A Pensacola and outfielder Yorman Rodriguez to Triple-A Louisville. The team also re-assigned eight players to minor league camp, including infielder Neftali Soto, outfielders Ryan LaMarre and Jesse Winker and pitchers Jonathon Crawford, Ismael Guillon, Nick Howard, Robert Stephenson and Nick Travieso.
Reds manager Bryan Price singled out the work of pitching prospect Nick Travieso before Saturday's workout, MLB.com reports. "We get the reports, so we're looking at our players, but when you get to see these young guys perform, it leaves more of an impression than group of statistics. He's been great," Price said of Travieso. "He's a physical guy who's throwing at the bottom of the strike zone, which is very important to see guys that don't just have arm strength but bottom-of-the-strike-zone command. He's has a very, very good slider. He's a yes-sir, no-sir guy. The rest of the organization is excited about him too. It gave me even more excitement to see him personally." Travieso wasn't completely satisfied with Saturday's live batting practice session but liked his finish. "I think I started off trying to do a little too much," Travieso said. "I didn't have my best stuff today so I tried to compensate by throwing it harder. Tucker Barnhart behind the plate kind of calmed me down and told me to get in line with my front shoulder. After that, everything was pretty smooth." Travieso, who was named the team's minor-league pitcher of the year in 2014, went 14-5 with a 3.04 ERA and 114:44 K:BB ratio in 142 1/3 innings with Class A Dayton last season.
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