Former Batavia High School and Miami University lefthander, Seth Varner skipped a grade and was promoted from High A Daytona to Triple A Louisville on July 5.
The 24-year old drafted by the Reds in the 10th round of the 2014 draft was having a good year at Daytona.
Varner was 4-4 in 11 starts with a 3.22 ERA. His first seven appearances were out ot the bullpen.
In his first five starts he allowed four earned runs in 25 1/3 innings for a 1.42 ERA. Varner had two rough starts then rebounded with a 6 2/3 scoreless innings agains Palm Beach and a seven inning start in which he allowed two runs on five hits against Jupiter.
Varner lettered in baseball all four years at Clermont Northeast. The 6/3" 235 lb, Varner, earned three letters in basketball Varner was the Southern Buckeye Conference player of the year as a senior.
At Miami University Varner pitched four years and had a 7-2 record with a 2.55 ERA in 14 starts. His 111 strikeouts led the Mid-American Conference and was thrid most in school history. Varner showed control too, walking just 23 batters in 97 1/3 innings. Those numbers earned Varner MAC pitcher of the year.
Varner pitched 13 games with one start at Billings in 2014. He was 4-3 with a 4.91 ERA.
Varner started 2015 at Low A Dayton and sent back to Billings on June 19 for six days before rerurning to Dayton. On June 29 he was promoted to High A Daytona. Altogether he made 23 starts with an 11-7 record and 2.97 ERA.
Triple A has been a challenge in Varnier's first two starts for Louisville. In his July 5th start he did not retire a batter against Indianapolis. He allowed four earned runs on five hits and a walk. On Saturday at Toledo, Varner pitched four innings in the second game of a doubleheader and gave up seven earned runs on 11 hits and three walks. Varner struck out three.