Tanner Robles has made both of his starts scoreless ones since a promotion to Bakersfield from…
9th Inning Rally Lifts Dragons
Though he has yet to get a decision, it was the second strong effort in as many starts for the 6'4" lefthander out of Cottonwood H.S. in Murray, UT. He turned in a 6IP/1R/3H effort against West Michigan in his first outing while striking out seven. He now has a 1.50 ERA and a 0.750 WHIP on the young season.
After a 33-0 high school career Robles was originally selected by the Angels in the 14th round of the 2007 draft before he opted to go to Oregon St instead. After pitching three years for the Beavers the Reds selected him in the 9th round in 2010. In his first professional season he put up a 2.98 ERA in 14 starts at Billings. He finished the year strong, allowing only six earned runs in his last nine starts. Over that stretch he struck out 50 while walking only 12. That effort was rewarded with a spot on the Pioneer League All Star team.
Last year after a few appearances in the Arizona League an early season promotion brought him to Dayton where he experienced some growing pains. He finished his season with a 5.40 ERA for the Dragons. Issues with command led to 69 walks while striking out 85 in 87 innings. He also hit 13 batters and threw 19 wild pitches.
His fastball comes in around 90 mph before tailing off with a sinking movement. It has the radar in the mid-90's in the past. He's working on mixing it with a curveball in the mid-70's. The 23 year-old has not made it into the Reds top 20 prospects yet but some services rate him on the fringe. Continued success should raise him into that list by the start of the 2013 season.
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