Crawford allowed three runs, two earned, in Tuesday's start for High-A Daytona, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. You may remember Crawford as the other part of the Reds' trade of Alfredo Simon that more notably netted them Eugenio Suarez, or chances are you may not. Crawford hasn't yet exceeded High-A despite being a first-round pick in 2013. He threw only 22.2 innings at High-A last year and this year so far has a 1.45 ERA in 18.2 innings there, albeit with 11 walks and 17 hits allowed.
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.
The Tigers traded for Reds starting pitcher Alfredo Simon on Thursday. The Reds acquired 2013 first-round pick Jonathon Crawford and infielder Eugenio Suarez in the deal. The 33-year-old Simon was a first-time All-Star in 2014. He went 15-10 with a 3.44 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 32 starts. He is in his final year of arbitration. The 23-year-old Suarez hit .242 with one triple, four home runs, nine doubles, 23 RBI and 33 runs in 85 games as a rookie in 2014. He had a .968 fielding percentage in 81 games at shortstop. The 23-year-old Crawford has an 8-5 record, 2.73 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 31 starts in the minors. He spent the 2014 season at Class A West Michigan.
Tigers starting pitcher prospect Jonathon Crawford is winless through his first five starts (0-1) for Class A Connecticut, but it's not like the right-handed hurler has pitched poorly. The 2013 first-round pick (20th overall) has a 1.59 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 11 1/3 innings. Crawford struck out a career-high five batters in 2 1/3 innings during a July 3 start. He has managed 15 strikeouts to four walks, while recording a .159 opponents' batting average. Crawford was considered the 24th-best prospect in the 2013 draft class by Baseball America. Crawford was 9-8 with a 3.51 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in three seasons at the University of Florida. He struck out 7.78 batters per nine innings.
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