With the news of Homer Bailey heading to the 15-day disabled list, the fans and organization were at a loss at who would start in his place Saturday against the Colorado Rockies. Both got their answer Friday as Dylan Axelrod was named the starter in his place.
Many people may be asking themselves, "Who is this guy?"
Well Axelrod has been a part of the Cincinnati Reds organization for less than a month after he was acquired on July 17th in a trade with the Chicago White Sox. He spent three years in the Majors with the Sox after being drafted in the 30th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by San Diego Padres. He was released in May of 2009 and signed with the Sox in November of that same year.
He appeared in just four games as a rookie and that number to 14 in his second season. Last year he started 20 games for the Sox but went just 4-11 with a 5.68 ERA. He pitched in just under 130 total innings this past season allowing 81 earned runs.
In 2014 with the Louisville Bats, the Triple-A affiliate of the Reds, he has a 2-1 record with a 3.06 ERA. In his last three starts, he has pitched in 23 and two-thirds of an innings allowing six earned runs on 14 hits while striking out 19 batters. In his August 4th start, Axelrod threw a complete game two-hitter an was named International League Pitcher of the Week.
In terms of he repertoire, he has an average fastball that hovers around 90 MPH, a very good slider which he actually throws more than his fastball. He also throws a sinker and a changeup from time to time. Axelrod has never faced the Rockies so it will be something new for both teams. The first pitch is set for 8:10 ET.
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