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Cincinnati Reds option Cody Reed to Louisville

The talented young lefty will head to AAA to work out some serious kinks.

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Cody Reed retired just three batters in Sunday's start against the Milwaukee Brewers, allowing six earned runs, five hits, and three walks in the process.  Some 24 hours later, the talented young lefty was optioned to AAA Louisville by the Cincinnati Reds, ending his first stint in the big leagues much earlier than we'd all hoped.

Reed, still just 23, saw his season ERA balloon to 7.36 with the thumping, his unsightly WHIP climbing to 1.80 in the process.  He's already allowed a whopping dozen dingers in just 47.2 IP over his 10 starts, and is the current owner of an 0 and 7 record for his - and his team's - efforts.

It's a far cry performance-wise from the numbers he has posted across the minors over the last two seasons, as his 3.20 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 11 starts at Louisville earlier this season emphasize.  Those numbers coupled with his electric left arm saw him ranked as high as the #34 overall prospect in the game by Baseball America entering the 2016 season, and he'll look to recapture some of that form in a few starts for the Bats prior to the end of their season. Speaking of which, since he's still on the 40-man roster and September is just around the corner, it's likely he'll only have about a 3 start window in Louisville before being called back up when rosters expand at the turn of the calendar.

Kyle Waldop was called up to take Reed's spot on the 25-man roster for now, though the Reds will now need a starting pitcher for what would've been Reed's turn in the rotation on Friday, as True Blue LA's Eric Stephen noted.  As awful as the concept sounds, Alfredo Simon would be on regular rest for Friday should the team choose to activate him, though Robert Stephenson's name is not yet listed on the Bats' website for what would be his scheduled start later this week, either.