There was a time when Kyle Lotzkar was considered one of the top pitching prospects in the Reds organization. However, a rash of injuries and poor performance eventually led to his demise, as the Reds cut ties with the 24-year-old earlier this month.
Now, the Texas Rangers have swooped in and taken a flier on the Canadian native, who was drafted by Cincinnati with the 53rd overall pick in the 2007 Draft, by signing him to a minor league deal.
In seven seasons in the minor leagues with the Reds, Lotzkar appeared in a total of only 101 games (65 starts), compiling a 16-17 record, 4.33 ERA, and 1.368 WHIP. He showed flashes of promise during the 2010 campaign, where he notched a 2.03 ERA and 4.29 K/BB between Single-A Billings and the AZL Reds, but experienced a horrendous season in 2013, posting an unsightly 8.05 ERA in 33 outings.
At age 24, Lotzkar still has plenty of time to blossom into a big league pitcher, but he just hasn't been able to put it all together just yet. Maybe a change of scenery will do the trick.