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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Reds Found Pitching At A Yard Sale

You can have your number one draft choices.

The Steven Strasburg's, the Clayton Kershaw's are can't miss pitchers who haven't missed.

Dan Straily was picked by the Oakland Athletics in the 24th round of the 2009 draft.  Strasberg, Mike Minor, Mike Leake, and Shelby Miller were all taken in the first round that year.

Strasburg was having a good season until he went on the disabled list with a 15-4 record and a 3.59 ERA.
Mike Minot hasn't pitched in the Major Leagues since 2014.  Mike Leake is 9-9 with a 4.56 ERA and Shelby Miller is 2-9 with a 7.14 ERA.

Straily doesn't have as many wins as Strasburg at 10-6 but his ERA is actually slightly lower at 3.57. Straily outpitched Strasburg head-to-head on June 4 with seven innings of two-run basebal, while Strasburg lasted just 5 1/3 and allowed three-runs in the Reds' 6-3 win.

On Wednesday Straily baffled the AL West leading Texas Rangers with six shutout innings. It was the eighth straight start in which Straily has allowed two runs or fewer.  Raisel Iglesias and Tony Cingrani finished the 3-0 shutout.

"Straily has deception," Bryan Price said. "He only throws 90-92 but I don't think batters see his fastball. He gets a lot of swings and misses on it.  They can't pick up his release point or the spin of the ball."

Straily was traded from Houston to San Diego and then waived by the Padtes in a span of 24 hours.  The Reds worked him out in Indianapolis in their last exhibition game of the spring and signed him.

Tim Adleman, who starts for the Reds on Wednesday against Texas has a 2-1 record in five starts, sandwiched around an oblique injury.

Adleman was a 24th round pick of the Baltimore Orioles in the 2010 draft.

Jameson Taillon, who has just reached the Major Leagues with the Pirates, Drew Pomerantz who was recently traded from San Diego to Boston, Chris Sale of the White Sox and Noah Syndergaard were all taken in the first round.

Adleman was released and signed in an independent league when the Reds signed him.

The pair are diamonds in the rough and have turned a pitching staff that was planning to depend on its own young stars and first round draft picks into a solid staff.

Neither were on the list of 15 pitchers that Bryan Price mentioned as candidates for the starting rotation on the first day of spring training.

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