Travieso left Monday's start for Double-A Pensacola after falling awkwardly covering first base in the fifth inning, RedsMinorLeagues.com reports. Travieso has been mediocre for Pensacola in 17 starts, posting a 4.16 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 68:38 K:BB over 84.1 innings. The Reds 2012 first-round pick has been developing at a slow pace, perhaps suggesting a low long-term ceiling.
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.
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