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Acquired from Minnesota for Sonny Gray prior to the 2022 season, Chase Petty has slowly trended up and reached Double-A late last season as a 20-year-old. He had his innings managed carefully, with his season intentionally delayed a month and every start capped at four innings, but the talented righty made it through healthy and was working on adding even more velocity to his fastball this offseason. He has touched triple digits in the past, but dialed back his in-game velocity a couple years ago to sit around 93-95 mph with his fastball in favor of improved strike throwing. Indeed, his 5.5 percent walk rate last year was elite for a pitcher his age with his caliber of stuff. The fastball is just an average pitch (for now), but he spots it well and has a plus slider and above-average changeup to put hitters away. Petty is a clear starting pitcher who could move quickly to the majors, but his eventual home park should cap his upside. Nonetheless, if he does show improved velocity this year, he will continue to climb up rankings.

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  • Reds' Chase Petty: Performing well at High-A

    Petty has a 1.53 ERA and 1.08 WHIP over 35.1 innings so far at High-A Dayton, with 39 strikeouts over that stretch. He hasn't exceeded four innings in a start yet this season, by design, Mark Sheldon of reports. The Reds acquired Petty in the Sonny Gray trade before the start of the 2022 season. His name might come up in the ensuing weeks before the MLB trade deadline if they decide to trade for pitching at the big league level.
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  • Reds' Chase Petty: Healthy at High-A

    Petty (elbow) was activated from the 7-day injured list Saturday and gave up one earned run while striking out three over four innings in his return to action Wednesday for High-A Dayton. He missed a little over a month to start the season, but given that it was an elbow injury, it's excellent news that he still has a chance to have a pretty normal age-20 season. Petty was known more for his velocity entering the 2021 draft, but he's now more of a strike thrower who sits in the low 90s with his sinker and misses bats with his slider.
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  • Reds' Chase Petty: Climbs to High-A

    The Reds promoted Petty from Single-A Daytona to High-A Dayton on Wednesday. Petty, who was the main piece the Reds received in the March trade that sent Sonny Gray to Minnesota, will advance to Dayton after he submitted a 3.18 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 60:23 K:BB across 65 innings with Daytona.
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  • Reds' Chase Petty: Shipped to Cincinnati

    The Reds acquired Petty from the Twins on Sunday in exchange for right-handed starting pitcher Sonny Gray and minor-league right-hander Francisco Peguero. The transaction is a signal that the Reds are gearing up for a rebuild, as Gray was Cincinnati's No. 2 starter in 2021, while Petty was the No. 26 overall pick in last summer's First-Year Player Draft and is multiple years away from the majors. The 18-year-old right-hander is blessed with a big fastball that can touch 100 miles per hour, but improving his command and developing his secondary offerings will be essential if he's to emerge as a frontline starter in the big leagues down the road. He'll likely open the 2022 campaign at the rookie-ball level before potentially moving up to Low-A Daytona, though he's expected to be on some sort of innings cap for this season, given his relative youth.
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