The Reds announced that they have selected the contract of right-hander Kyle Dowdy. He has been appointed the club’s “29th man” for today’s doubleheader. The club already had a vacancy on their 40-man roster, meaning no corresponding move will be required.
Dowdy, 29, has 22 1/3 innings of MLB experience on his résumé, which all came back in 2019 with the Rangers. Texas has claimed him off waivers from the Mets, who had nabbed Dowdy from Cleveland in the Rule 5 draft. He stuck with the Rangers through the end of July but was eventually returned to Cleveland after posting a 7.25 ERA over 22 1/3 innings.
He signed a minor league deal with the Reds in December of last year and has been with the Louisville Bats for all of 2022 so far. In 48 2/3 innings on the season, he has a 4.25 ERA, 24.2% strikeout rate and 38.2% ground ball rate. However, that’s come with a concerning 13.2% walk rate, something that’s been an issue for Dowdy in recent years. He also registered a 14.7% walk rate in Triple-A last year, in addition to a 16.4% rate in his time in the majors.
Despite those control issues, Dowdy has made it back to the big leagues for the first time in over three years. He has a full slate of options and less than a year of MLB service time, meaning he could potentially provide the Reds with a depth arm that can be moved between the majors and minors as long as he retains his spot on the 40-man roster.