Sunday, May 28, 2006

Johnny Cueto

This guy has been getting a lot of pub lately so I thought I would do a profile on him. He is a 5'11'', 174 lbs right handed pitcher out of the Dominican Republic. He was signed as a free agent out of the Reds Dominican Academy. He is at the ripe old age of 20. I have not been able to find a whole lot of info on this guy. He was not ranked in Baseball America's 2006 Prospect Handbook. He had a pretty good debut last year in the Reds Rookie league. He does not seem to have a lot of the control issues that young pitchers have. He was promoted to High A ball at the end of last year and did okay in a very small sample size. He has been in Dayton so far this year and has been doing just fine. He is holding opposing hitters to a .159 average, better than Mr. Bailey's even, (.195). He was named the Reds Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April. He went 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA in four starts. What's even better is he fanned 29 while walking only 2. I think with Cueto and some of the other young pitchers in A and AA ball, the Reds might have a pitching plethora a few years down the road. Wouldn't that be nice for a change?

Johnny Cueto
Year Level W L ERA   G GS CG SHO SV   IP  H  R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2005 Rk 2 2 5.02 13 6 0 0 1 43.0 49 31 24 2 8 38 1.33
2005 A+ 0 1 3.00 2 1 0 0 0 6.0 5 2 2 0 2 6 1.17
Totals 2 3 4.78 15 7 0 0 1 49.0 54 33 26 2 10 44 1.31

2006 numbers
W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG
5 1 2.49 9 9 2 2 0 47.0 25 13 13 4 6 59 .159


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