Reds Choose R.J. Alaniz, Designate Nick Williams
The Reds have chosen the contract of right-hander R.J. Alaniz, the staff introduced. Outfielder Nick Williams was designated for task to create a 40-man roster spot for Alaniz, whereas an lively roster spot was opened when righty Jose De Leon was positioned on the 10-day injured checklist on account of a proper groin pressure.
Alaniz was claimed off the Mariners’ roster in Might 2019 and hasn’t but appeared within the huge leagues this season. Alaniz made his MLB debut final yr, posting a 9.19 ERA over 15 2/three mixed innings for Seattle and Cincinnati. An undrafted free agent who signed with the Astros again in 2009, Alaniz has a 4.26 ERA, 2.19 Okay/BB charge, and seven.three Okay/9 over 712 profession innings within the minors, pitching within the farm techniques of 5 completely different organizations.
De Leon’s IL placement will probably finish his season after six innings with the Reds and an 18.00 ERA. De Leon was often shuttled between the Reds’ lively roster and the taxi squad this yr, and whereas this might clarify why the righty by no means discovered his rhythm, De Leon exhibited some ungainly management issues, with 11 walks over his six innings of labor. Previously a prime prospect throughout his time within the Dodgers’ and Rays’ organizations, De Leon continues to be clearly making an attempt to get himself sorted after the Tommy John surgical procedure that sidelined him for all the 2018 season.
Williams can be a former prime prospect, and his look on the DFA wire might fairly probably result in a change of surroundings. Cincinnati claimed Williams from the Phillies precisely one month in the past, although the outfielder hasn’t but seen any Main League motion in a Reds uniform. Regardless of a stable .269/.330/.446 slash line over 791 PA with the Phillies in 2017-18, Williams didn’t see a lot taking part in time final yr and ultimately turned an expendable half in Philadelphia. It wouldn’t be shocking if a playoff contender tried to assert Williams in an effort to add outfield depth, or perhaps a staff waiting for 2021 might put in a declare to present Williams a glance on their roster.