Several Cincinnati Reds fans were upset when the front office traded Sonny Gray last spring. But the Reds got a top-notch throwing prospect in return.
The Minnesota Twins shipped their first 2021 draft pick, Chase Petty, to Cincinnati in exchange for Gray. The move represented a change for the Reds as the organization sought to ‘align its wage bill with its resources’.
Kidding aside, it wasn’t a bad trade from Nick Krall. Sonny Gray was under contract this season and had a $12m squad option for 2023. With the Reds unlikely to choose that option, Krall made the logical decision to deal Gray when his trade value was relatively low. high.
With Hunter Greene and Nick Lodolo set to make their major league debuts in 2022, the Cincinnati Reds were expected to lead the way. Parting ways with Sonny Gray and Wade Miley helped the team achieve this. But the Reds also landed one of Minnesota’s top pitching prospects.
Chase Petty pitched just five innings for the Twins organization last season after being selected with the 21st overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft. Petty has an electric fastball and at just 19, the right-hander is working on refining his secondary throws. According to MLB PipelinePetty also has a slider and change.
Petty played in 12 games at Low-A Daytona, including seven starts. Each of Petty’s appearances lasted at least 2 innings and more. His last start was five innings where he allowed a run on two hits with four punches.
One thing Chase Petty has been doing recently is keeping the ball in the stadium. Petty saw three balls leave the court in 23.2 innings to start the 2022 season. He had a 4.18 ERA and a 1.14 HR/9.
But Petty has turned the tide in his last five games. He has a 28.0 percent strikeout rate and hasn’t allowed a ball to leave the court. Opponents only hit 0.188 and his WHIP is an impressive 0.93 according to FanGraphs.
Make no mistake, Chase Petty has a long way to go before he sees if he has what it takes to qualify for the big leagues. Although there is some reliever risk, the Cincinnati Reds still plan to develop Petty as a starter. It will be interesting to see if the right-hander makes the jump to High-A later this year or if the Reds keep him in the Florida State League for the entire 2022 season.