Reports on LeCure from Louisville
When the Reds cut Sam LeCure near the end of Spring Training and sent him outright to Triple-A Louisville, the task was for him to get better fastball command. It wasn’t a popular decision with fans, especially as the middle of the bullpen has struggled to bridge games to closer Aroldis Chapman.
In his five games thus far at Louisville, LeCure has had decent numbers — a 3.68 ERA with three earned runs, four hits, three walks and six strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings. His opponents have a .160 batting average. On Thursday vs. Columbus, he gave up two runs and two hits over 1 1/3 innings.
What are the reports the Reds are getting behind those numbers?
“I think he’s doing a nice job of managing the games he’s getting into,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “Our primary focus with Sam when he went to Triple-A was to get the fastball command back. in the second half of last year, it was more challenging for him. It’s such a big pitch – that two-seam sinker, comebacker that he throws. He was able to lean a bit more on the curveball and changeup last year. I think for him to be the impact pitcher he was for us in the past, the fastball command will need to come back in force. And I have not lost any optimism that he’ll be a part of this bullpen here over the course of the season. We certainly miss his influence.”