Cueto feels good, ready
In five-plus innings with Class A Bakersfield, Johnny Cueto allowed six earned runs and seven hits with one walk and 11 strikeouts. He threw 89 pitches, including 59 for strikes. Four of the runs and five of the hits came in the first inning before Cueto settled into a groove against Indians high-A hitters.
“I’m happy today. I threw everything fine,” Cueto said. “I’m ready to go for the season.”
I’m not a pitching coach, but Cueto looked pretty good to me. He was throwing 90-93 but hit 94 mph a couple of times. He didn’t seem to labor, even during a long first inning.
The guy who is the pitching coach was pleased with what he saw.
“The main thing was that he felt great and he felt healthy and he felt strong,” Reds pitching coach Jeff Pico said. “That was No. 1 on my list. He went in and out of his rotation a little bit early, getting lateral a little bit, but corrected that as the game went on and threw some really good pitches today.”
More to come on MLB.com/Reds.com.