Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Reds cut ties with Kyle Lotzkar

The Reds officially parted ways with right-handed pitching prospect Kyle Lotzkar on Tuesday. The 23-year-old was designated for assignment earlier this month to help make room on the roster for Johnny Cueto and Sean Marshall.

Lotzkar was taken 53rd overall by Cincinnati in the 2007 MLB Draft and was once regarded as one of the top pitching prospects in the organization. At the time of the draft, Baseball America even labeled Lotzkar as the second-best prospect from Canada, raving about his projectable frame and potential for boasting two plus pitches. He entered this year as the 12th-best prospect in the system, according to BA.

In six seasons in the minors, Lotzkar struggled to get past Single-A, as injuries and command issues often derailed his progress. Lotzkar has endured both Tommy John surgery, which caused him to miss the entire 2009 season, and a stress fracture in his right elbow since becoming a professional.

Lotzkar split time between Single-A Bakersfield and Double-A Pensacola in 2013 where he compiled a gaudy 8.05 ERA and astronomical 2.211 WHIP in 33 appearances (38 IP). Overall, he recorded a 16-17 record and 4.33 ERA in 101 career appearances in the Reds farm system.

At just 23-years-old, Lotzkar is far from being dubbed a bust. His young age coupled with his huge upside should be enough to convince another club to take a chance and sign him.

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