Reds' Top Prospect Nearing Return


The Reds' number one prospect is one step closer to return. 

Nick Lodolo has been out since late April. The six-foot-six, 205-pound lefty only started a total of three games this season before hitting the injured list with a lower back strain. 

The starter has pitched 14.2 innings, posting a 1-2 record, with an ERA of 5.52, and averaging an elite 11.7 K/9. Thus, Lodolo has struggled in everything but strikeouts during his first three major league starts. Nonetheless, the pitcher has a strong minor league track record, where he has appeared in 69 innings and holds a 2.35 ERA. That's not to mention his WHIP of 0.97 and an unbelievable 108 strikeouts. 

Lodolo and former number one Reds prospect Hunter Greene are considered the future backbone of the Reds' pitching rotation. Lodolo's return will bring the Reds one step closer to that future.

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