The Reds have announced a trio of roster moves, including the selection of Randy WynneTriple-A Louisville contract. Cincinnati also called right-handed Levi Stoudt of Triple-A, and Stoudt will get the start today against the Braves. To create space on the roster, the Reds have appointed the right-hander Silvino Bracho for assignment.
Wynne will make his Major League debut with his first appearance, and that personal milestone could come as soon as today as a replacement for Stoudt. Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer notes that Stoudt just returned from a ribcage injury and isn’t fully prepared for the workload of a starter, so Stoudt might not last long no matter how he performs against the Atlanta team. Wynne has been a swingman for much of his professional career, and the Reds could use some sort of piggyback system between Stoudt and Wynne today.
Wynne is an undrafted right-hander who pitched in independent baseball for parts of the 2016-19 seasons before finally catching up with the Reds in 2019. He continued with the organization after the 2020 minor league season was canceled, pitching to Double-A in 2021 and then to Triple-A in each of the past two years. Wynne doesn’t register many strikeouts or groundstrokes, as he relies on soft contact and an impressive walk rate to keep hitters under control. In 164 1/3 innings at Triple-A, Wynne, 30, has a 4.82 ERA in 164 1/3 innings, starting 29 of 38 games.
Stoudt and Wynne could each have a few looks in the rotation as the Reds try to deal with several throwing injuries. Hunter Greene, Nick LodoloAnd well animated are all set aside, and while Graham Ashcraft was activated from IL 15 days yesterday, the good news of his return was tempered by Lively heading to the injured list with chest pains. Lively was scheduled to start today’s game, which is why Cincinnati is turning to their latest Stoudt backup plan.
It’s the second time the Reds have DFA’ed Bracho this season, as he was previously named and then dropped outright from the roster in May. Bracho’s contract was selected again just days ago, and in his two stints in Cincinnati he posted a 3.68 ERA in 7 1/3 relief, with an equal number (six ) strikeouts and walks. Bracho already passed up the chance to elect minor league free agency the last time he was dropped outright from the Reds’ 40-man roster, but assuming he clears DFA waivers again , he still has the right to reject another outright assignment and test the free market. .
Bracho has appeared in parts of seven MLB seasons, making his debut for the Diamondbacks in 2015. After four seasons up and down, he underwent Tommy John surgery that sidelined him for virtually all of the 2019-20 seasons, except for a one-game run with Arizona in 2020. Bracho went on to meet the Giants, Red Sox and Braves before landing in Cincinnati on a minor league contract l last winter, though the right-hander’s only other Major League experience in 2021-22 was 4 1/3 innings with Atlanta last season.