The Cincinnati Reds just announced that they have picked up right-handed Ashton Goudeau from Colorado Rockies waivers. In order to create space on the 40-man squad, the team has chosen the left-hander Phillip Diehl for the assignment.
Ashton Goudeau is a 28-year-old right-handed man who was both started and relieved in his minor league career. Most recently, he had 16 starts in Double-A at the Rockies organization in 2019. During the 2020 season, he saw limited action with the Rockies in the big league, pitching in four games. Things didn’t go well in those four games as he allowed 15 hits and seven earned runs in 8.1 innings with just two strikeouts.
Back in the 2019 minor league season He posted a 2.07 ERA with Double-A HartfordHe threw 78.1 innings with four home runs allowed, only 12 walks, and knocked out 91 batters.
Ashton Goudeau works with a fastball, change and a curveball. His fastball averaged 93.3 MPH in 2020. The switch takes place in the mid-80s and his curveball is a slower breaking ball in the mid-70s.
While a lot is being done about “Spincinnati,” this shot doesn’t fit the narrative. Goudeau is actually a low-spin guy with a fastball that averaged just 2155rpm last year (the league average is 2250rpm) while his breaking ball was 2329. Of course, pitching is much more than just spinning the baseball. Location is important. Deception is important. And it is also possible that the organization will see something that it can work with to improve an area of vulnerability.
Phillip Diehl will be replaced by a former Rockies teammate. The native Cincinnati Diehl was picked up from Colorado a little over two weeks ago due to special permits. His stay on the 40-man squad was short-lived. The left had played with the Reds’ alternative site team. Now it is in the air whether he will stay in the organization at all. We’ll find out soon enough if he’s approving waivers or if a team is claiming him.