Lodolo will be a part of the Reds' 60-man player pool this season. Lodolo is the Reds' top pitching prospect, and he was excellent in the lower levels after signing last year. However, the 22-year-old lefty has yet to pitch above Low-A, so while he could theoretically make his big-league debut this year, it would likely be in a very minor role.
The Reds plan on starting Lodolo, their 2019 first-round pick, at High-A Daytona despite him pitching a total of 18.1 professional innings, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Talking about the decision to invite Lodolo to the Reds' big league camp in spring training, Reds farm director Shawn Pender said: "The plan is to have him start in Daytona, probably. "Because so much of our pitching is different, we thought it was important to get him exposed as an advanced college guy who throws a lot of strikes to D.J. (pitching coach Derek Johnson), get him exposed to Caleb (Cotham). We felt like emotionally and from a work ethic standpoint, he's a very mature kid."
Lodolo has reached his innings limit and will not pitch again this season, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Lodolo threw 103 innings with TCU prior to being drafted seventh overall by the Reds. He threw just 18.1 innings as a professional and looked excellent, posting a 2.45 ERA and a ridiculous 30:0 K:BB. The lefty will face some more challenging tests in his first full pro season next year.
Lodolo struck out five batters over three innings in his debut at Low-A Dayton, allowing one run on three hits and a hit batter, Doug Gray of RedsMinorLeagues.com reports. The Reds purposely held down Lodolo's pitch count, as has been the case since he was drafted in the first round this year after throwing 103 innings in college. He threw 30 of 43 pitches for strikes, with his fastball clocking in the 93-95 mph range. Read through the full article for a good scouting report on Lodolo.
Lodolo will start for Low-A Dayton on Thursday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports. Lodolo made six short starts at the rookie-league level, recording a 2.38 ERA and an incredible 21:0 K:BB in 11.1 innings. The Reds will move quickly to get the seventh-overall pick a more challenging assignment.
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