Rookie of the Year – Anthony DeSclafani
Mar. 20, 2015; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Reds pitcher Anthony DeSclafani throws against the San Francisco Giants during a spring training game at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Acquired from the Miami Marlins in the Mat Latos trade, Anthony DeSclafani pitched well enough in Spring Training to earn a slot in the Reds’ rotation as Opening Day looms. In reality, that spot has probably been his to lose since Cincinnati acquired him this winter, but it’s still encouraging that he was able to hold onto it.
DeSclafani pitched 33 innings over 13 appearances, including five starts for the Marlins late last season, leaving his rookie status intact. During that cup of coffee, he went 2-2 with a 6.27 ERA and 1.364 WHIP. Not overwhelming numbers by any means, but a solid base from which to build. DeSclafani will be 25 most of this season and has 65 minor league starts in his hip pocket, so he’s as ready as he will ever be.
Given Cincinnati’s reluctance to move up other prospects like Jesse Winker, DeSclafani definitely has the inside track as the Reds’ Rookie of the Year for 2015.
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