Nick Lodolo *, LHP, CIN

Do not read this profile if the color green offends you.

Video courtesy of Baseball America
  • Born: February 5, 1998
  • B/T: Left/Left
  • 6’6″, 205-lbs
  • Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2019 June Amateur Draft from Texas Christian University.

The Numbers

His raw numbers are listed above courtesy of baseball-reference.com. Let’s aggregate by year then focus on the important numbers for minor leaguers:

[Silence while I bow to these superior numbers]

Seriously, it’s not every day we see a completely green board…

We have to break out his AAA numbers before we finally get something other than green, and even then it’s mostly great. But hey, it was only 7 innings, at the end of the season, and he still held those 28 batters to a 2.86 xFIP while they hit just .269 against him.

And hey, didya notice in his 2019 season he faced 74 batters and walked exactly none of them? Phew! I’ll be in the corner cooling off.

In Double-A he had a great WHIP against both types of batters, with a 7-to-1 K-to-BB ratio against lefties, and a, well, a 7.8-to-1 ratio against righties.

In Triple-A — and remember we are talking tiny samples here — righties gave him a bit more trouble than lefties, but striking out 5 in 4 IP against righties isn’t exactly futility.

The Scouts

Warnings

I got nothing. He was throwing harder than before last year, so does he keep that added velocity?

He threw fewer than 7 innings at Triple-A, so it’s probably prudent to start him there in 2022.

Yeah, I got nothing.

Conclusion

He’s tall, he added velocity to his FB (now a mid-90s offering from a lefty), to go with his plus sweeping low-80s curve, so that’s two plus pitches. Then he has a changeup that is just an average pitch, with good separation but its fading action is not consistent. So working on that third pitch’s quality is his main concern.

He even has a slider that while not average has the potential to become one.

When you are a lefty, and you have velocity, and you have command and control, brother, the major leagues have a place at the table for you!

See you in Cincinnati by about June, 2022, Nick.

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