Highlights from Cincinnati's last win. pic.twitter.com/X3x7EkGBhG– Eric Roseberry (@ericroseberry) June 18, 2017
The End of the Line for Bronson Arroyo?The biggest piece of news from Sunday is that Bronson Arroyo might have pitched his final major league game. In today's start against the Dodgers, Arroyo threw three innings and gave up five earned runs. That ran his ERA to 7.35 for the season. Arroyo made a few postgame comments that suggested this could have been the final appearance of his career.
Cincinnati Gets Rave Reviews at the MLB DraftThe MLB Draft took place this week, and the Reds entered with the second overall pick. They selected Hunter Greene from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, CA. Mark Sheldon has a helpful breakdown of the 17-year-old's potential. At least once, he was clocked throwing 102 mph. Reds fans, I think you're going to love this kid. You can read more quotes from around the league in Doug's write-up.
A Few Pitching UpdatesAs of now, the thing most Reds fans are looking forward to is the return of a few key starters. This week Homer Bailey and Brandon Finnegan both took a few steps forward.
- On Wednesday, Bailey started for low-Class A Dayton. He pitched six shutout innings and struck out six. According to Zach Buchanan, Bailey threw a bullpen session in Cincinnati on Friday, and he's slated to start for Louisville at some point this week. If that start goes well, then it's possible he could be back in a Reds uniform sooner rather than later.
- Brandon Finnegan also made a rehab start this week. He pitched four scoreless innings for Double-A Pensacola. Mark Sheldon notes that Finnegan will make a start for Louisville this week, and he's expected to make at least two appearances at that level. Check out Sheldon's article for more details on Finnegan and Bailey.
Zack Cozart Takes the LeadWhy don't we end with a little bit of good news? Zack Cozart's impressive play is finally being rewarded. In the most recent NL All-Star voting, Cozart took the lead as the potential starter at shortstop for the National League. Zach Buchanan has details on all of the voting, including Joey Votto's current status. Speaking of Votto, he continues to insist that if Cozart makes the All-Star team he'll buy Cozart a donkey.
https://t.co/HKf2mrrBht pic.twitter.com/l79RHdi8Fe – Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 14, 2017"I don't have the internet." You know, Votto is the one guy I kind of believe when he says that.