Reds reliever Silvino Bracho went unclaimed on outright waivers over the weekend, according to the transaction log at MLB.com. The right-hander had been designated for assignment when the club promoted relief prospect Eduardo Salazar.
Bracho signed a minor league deal with Cincinnati over the winter. He spent a couple weeks in the majors after the Reds selected his contract in mid-May. He’d pitched reasonably well for Triple-A Louisville prior to the promotion, allowing only five runs in 14 1/3 innings. Bracho struck out 15 of 57 batters faced while issuing only four walks. Those solid Triple-A results didn’t translate to big league success in his brief look in Cincinnati. He walked five against four punchouts while allowing three runs in 5 1/3 innings.
The 30-year-old Bracho has now appeared in parts of seven major league campaigns. He spent the bulk of his career with the Diamondbacks but has bounced around since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2019. He was briefly on the MLB rosters with the Red Sox and Braves last season but only appeared in three games for Atlanta. As he has thus far in 2023, Bracho had a strong Triple-A showing last year. He worked to a 2.67 ERA with a lofty 30.4% strikeout rate and excellent 4.3% walk percentage across 57 1/3 frames.
Bracho has gone unclaimed on waivers multiple times in his career. That gives him the right to elect minor league free agency and explore other opportunities if he doesn’t want to accept the assignment back to Louisville.