Nick Lodolo
22-Year-Old PitcherRP
Cincinnati Reds A+
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Despite being the consensus top pitcher heading into the 2019 draft, Lodolo was seen as more floor than ceiling -- a "safe" college arm. After striking out 30 and walking none in an 18.1-inning pro debut across the Pioneer League and Midwest League, it's fair to wonder if the 6-foot-6 southpaw out of TCU offers a bit more upside than initially believed. Lodolo pairs a low-90s fastball with two above-average secondaries (slider, changeup). He was already a candidate for added velocity, given his wiry frame and good mechanics, and with the Reds hiring Kyle Boddy of Driveline Baseball as pitching coordinator, Lodolo adding a tick or two to his fastball seems more likely than not. By the time he reaches the majors, Lodolo could have three plus pitches and plus command, which would make him a No. 2 starter. He is on track to spend most of his first full season in the upper levels, setting up a 2021 MLB debut. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Reds in June of 2019 that includes a $5.43 million signing bonus.
Likely Daytona-bound
PCincinnati Reds  A+
February 9, 2020
The Reds plan on starting Lodolo, their 2019 first-round pick, at High-A Daytona despite him pitching a total of 18.1 professional innings, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports
Talking about the decision to invite Lodolo to the Reds' big league camp in spring training, Reds farm director Shawn Pender said: "The plan is to have him start in Daytona, probably. "Because so much of our pitching is different, we thought it was important to get him exposed as an advanced college guy who throws a lot of strikes to D.J. (pitching coach Derek Johnson), get him exposed to Caleb (Cotham). We felt like emotionally and from a work ethic standpoint, he's a very mature kid."
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Gets camp invite
PCincinnati Reds  A+
January 10, 2020
Lodolo was invited to the Reds' major-league spring training Friday, source reports.
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Reaches innings limit
PCincinnati Reds  A+
August 2, 2019
Lodolo has reached his innings limit and will not pitch again this season, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Solid Low-A debut
PCincinnati Reds  A+
July 26, 2019
Lodolo struck out five batters over three innings in his debut at Low-A Dayton, allowing one run on three hits and a hit batter, Doug Gray of reports.
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Moves up to full-season ball
PCincinnati Reds  A+
July 22, 2019
Lodolo will start for Low-A Dayton on Thursday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
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Lands with Reds at No. 7 overall
PCincinnati Reds  A+
June 3, 2019
The Reds have selected Lodolo with the seventh overall pick in the 2019 first-year player draft.
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