VanMeter was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Thursday.
Kyle Farmer (concussion) was sent to the injured list in a corresponding move, allowing VanMeter to rejoin the Reds just eight days after his previous demotion. The 24-year-old utility man has done little with this big-league opportunities this season, compiling a .222/.340/.289 triple-slash in 30 games (53 plate appearances).
VanMeter was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday.
VanMeter hasn't done much in sporadic playing time for the Reds this season, hitting .222/.340/.289 in 53 plate appearances. He owns a much better .355/.435/.687 slash line in 192 plate appearances for Louisville. A corresponding move will come prior to Friday's game against Colorado.
VanMeter went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in Sunday's game against the Indians.
VanMeter drove in Cincinnati's lone run of the day in the fifth inning on a double to left center. He's served primarily as bench depth for the Reds so far this season, registering four RBI and a stolen base over 30 games.
The Reds recalled VanMeter from Triple-A Louisville on Thursday.
VanMeter pushed his way onto the big-league roster earlier this season after breaking out in a big way at Louisville, but aside from drawing walks at a steady clip, the utility man offered little impact at the dish over 28 games with Cincinnati, slashing .220/.347/.268 across 49 plate appearances. Since moving back to Triple-A on June 19, he's resumed raking, batting .393 with nine extra-base hits in 16 contests. The 24-year-old will fill a bench role once again for the Reds and isn't expected to make more than the occasional spot start or pinch-hitting appearance.
The Reds optioned VanMeter to Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday.
VanMeter struggled to crack the lineup after being promoted back to the big leagues May 21, drawing just five starts during his latest stint in Cincinnati. Despite the lack of consistent action, VanMeter was still able to post a .394 on-base percentage in his limited plate appearances. He'll have the opportunity to play regularly at Louisville and should be one of the top options for a callup in the event the Reds lose one of their regular position players at some point down the road.
VanMeter replaced an injured Joey Votto (back) in the fifth inning of Wednesday's 7-2 win over the Indians, finishing the day with a pair of strikeouts and a walk in three plate appearances.
In his first at-bat of the game, VanMeter nearly connected on his first home run, but the ball hooked right past the foul pole. He ultimately struck out in that at-bat and whiffed again later in the contest, giving him a 27.9 percent strikeout rate at the big-league level this season. The versatile VanMeter's stint with the Reds may not last much longer with both Scooter Gennett (groin) and Alex Blandino (knee) expected back from the injured list before the end of the month.
VanMeter is getting a spot start at third base for Sunday's game against the Nationals, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. He's batting sixth, between Yasiel Puig and Jose Iglesias.
That's the good news for VanMeter. The bad news? His token start is against Max Scherzer. It's his first start since May 22 against the Brewers.
VanMeter was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday.
VanMeter rejoins the Reds just four days after being optioned to the minors. He'll likely fill a bench role during his time with the club. Reliever Zach Duke (calf) landed on the injured list in a corresponding move.
VanMeter was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Friday.
VanMeter saw limited action in his time in the majors, going 2-for-14 at the plate. Cody Reed was recalled in a corresponding move.
VanMeter walked and stole a base in a pinch-hitting appearance in his big league debut.
VanMeter hit himself into consideration for the Reds' big league roster after not beginning the season on the 40-man roster. HIs most likely path to playing time is at second base, though veteran Derek Dietrich is raking right now and already taking away time from Jose Peraza.
VanMeter's contract was selected by the Reds on Sunday.
VanMeter isn't a particularly highly rated prospect, but he had an excellent start to the season with Triple-A Louisville, cruising to a .336/.431/.736 line with 13 homers in 30 games. He's played everywhere except catcher and center field over the last two seasons and could see playing time around the diamond during his time with the Reds. Cody Reed was optioned in a corresponding move.
VanMeter is expected be called up from Triple-A Louisville, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
VanMeter has been hitting the cover off the ball at Louisville with a .346/.432/.757 slash line and 13 home runs in 29 games. The 25-year-old could seemingly take over at second base for Jose Peraza, who has struggled mightily this season with a .504 OPS, but the Reds have yet to make any official declarations.
VanMeter went 4-for-5 with three home runs, eight RBI, four runs and a walk Monday in Triple-A Louisville's 15-4 win over Toledo.
VanMeter looks to be one of the biggest winners of the International League implementing the same baseball that's been used in the majors this season. After managing only 12 home runs in 483 plate appearances between Triple-A and Double-A Pensacola in 2018, VanMeter has already left the yard 11 times in 25 games with Louisville. The 24-year-old has exhibited the increased power without sacrificing the solid plate skills he demonstrated during his prior stops in the minors, as he's walked in 11.9 percent of his plate appearances while striking out a palatable 18.3 percent of the time. VanMeter doesn't possess a spot on the 40-man roster and isn't a premium defender in the infield, but if he continues to punish Triple-A pitching, it wouldn't be surprising if the Reds gave him a look as a utility man later this season.
VanMeter was traded to the Reds on Friday as the PTBNL of Thursday's trade that sent Rule 5 pick Luis Torrens to the Padres.
The 21-year-old split time between High-A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio, amassing 23 doubles and 14 home runs between the two levels. VanMeter lost much of the 2015 campaign season to a fractured left fibula, so taking this into account with his age, it seems like he still has some time to develop into a power-hitting middle infielder, although his high propensity to strike out could limit his advancement.
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