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redsof72
12-08-2012, 12:58 PM
I talked to Lotzkar and you have to really feel for this kid. He hopes to be ready for spring training after latest shoulder issue that ended 2012 season. He has put so much into it but just has not been able to stay healthy. It seems to be taking its toll on him. I am sure they will take it slow again in Goodyear. You think about what he has been through and no wonder his spirits are a little shaken.

Okay, so much for trying to post from IPad. Sorry about screwed up title to this thread. Maybe it can be fixed but I can't seem to edit it.

Benihana
12-08-2012, 01:01 PM
I talked to Lotzkar and you have to really feel for this kid. He hopes to be ready for spring training after latest shoulder issue that ended 2012 season. He has put so much into it but just has not been able to stay healthy. It seems to be taking its toll on him. I am sure they will take it slow again in Goodyear. You think about what he has been through and no wonder his spirits are a little shaken.

Okay, so much for trying to post from IPad. Sorry about screwed up title to this thread. Maybe it can be fixed but I can't seem to edit it.

Assuming once the regular season starts he goes to Pensacola?

redsof72
12-08-2012, 01:06 PM
I would think so. Problem is there is some reluctance to totally cut it loose on all pitches and it is hard to get good hitters out that way. He has to be not only healthy but confident that he won't hurt it again to be able to be effective and really throw the ball.

cinreds21
12-08-2012, 05:32 PM
Maybe a move to the bullpen would help with the injuries?

dougdirt
12-08-2012, 06:45 PM
Maybe a move to the bullpen would help with the injuries?

Perhaps. Though you wonder if perhaps his arm can't do the 2-3 days in a row things too. At some point it should probably be considered.

cinreds21
12-08-2012, 08:36 PM
Perhaps. Though you wonder if perhaps his arm can't do the 2-3 days in a row things too. At some point it should probably be considered.

Yeah, I thought about that too. Trade him.

AWA85
12-09-2012, 03:50 PM
Talked to Kyle in a meet and greet and he said the shoulder is still a little rough, he is just resting it hoping to avoid surgery. He also said he plans on heading to the bullpen next and is pretty excited about it. Said he just wants to do anything to help out and thinks the pen will be "less stress" on the body.

GREAT kid and I can say the same for many of the Reds prospects. Tucker, Daniel, Muhamad and Ryan were all class and awesome to talk to.

Steve4192
12-10-2012, 01:26 PM
Yeah, I thought about that too. Trade him.

Too late. No one is going to trade for a kid who is going through shoulder issues. If the Reds want to flip him, they're going to have to wait until he proves he is healthy.

Benihana
12-10-2012, 01:39 PM
Too late. No one is going to trade for a kid who is going through shoulder issues. If the Reds want to flip him, they're going to have to wait until he proves he is healthy.

As a centerpiece, you're right. As an add-on, who knows? Reds once traded for Daryl Thompson.

19braves77
08-17-2013, 05:24 AM
Anybody know why he was sent home ? He hasnt been with the Blaze since August 3rd.

RedlegJake
08-17-2013, 12:15 PM
Let him completely rest his shoulder from now to over the winter. Put him in the bullpen. Try to salvage that wonderful arm somehow. He's still young enough and he'd be noting more than a toss in as trade bait now. The smartest move is rest, bullpen and hope.

wastedtime
08-17-2013, 12:19 PM
Would it be safe to drop this guy off the 40-man if a spot is needed to protect another prospect?

RedlegJake
08-17-2013, 01:45 PM
Would it be safe to drop this guy off the 40-man if a spot is needed to protect another prospect?

At this point I would not be averse to risking the claim if another prospect needed to be protected.

wastedtime
08-17-2013, 02:01 PM
At this point I would not be averse to risking the claim if another prospect needed to be protected.
I agree, and Villarreal may be another one I would remove from the 40-man. However, I'm glad I'm not the person in charge of making those decisions.

RedlegJake
08-17-2013, 02:04 PM
Add Freeman to that, too. There is some pruning that could done on the 40 man without any real damage to the system, imo.

klw
09-24-2013, 02:44 PM
Lotzkar has been released.
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/09/reds-release-kyle-lotzkar.html


The Reds have released right-hander Kyle Lotzkar, MLBTR has learned. The 23-year-old was designated for assignment earlier in the month along with fellow righty Josh Ravin to clear roster space for Johnny Cueto and Sean Marshall, each of whom was returning from the 60-day DL.

Lotzkar, 23, was a supplemental-round pick (53rd overall) by the Reds in 2007 as compensation for the loss of Scott Schoeneweis to free agency. At the time of the draft, Baseball America wrote that Lotzkar had established himself as the clear second-best prospect in Canada behind right-hander Phillipe Aumont, praising Lotzkar's projectable frame and potential for two plus pitches.

Lotzkar ranked in the Reds' Top 30 prospects, per BA, in each of the past six seasons, coming in at No. 12 prior to the 2013 campaign. In their most recent analysis, BA noted that Lotzkar possessed some of the best stuff in Cincinnati's system when at his best, calling his power curveball and 90-94 mph fastball both above-average. Health has never been a given with Lotzkar, however, as he's battled through Tommy John and a stress fracture in his right elbow since being drafted.

In 38 innings for the Reds this season, Lotzkar posted an 8.05 ERA and 37 walks, though he still boasted an impressive 41 strikeouts. Striking batters out has never been an issue for Lotzkar, and his command has typically been significantly better than it was in 2013, as evidenced by career marks of 10.5 K/9 and 4.7 BB/9.

PTjvs
09-24-2013, 04:54 PM
Professional baseball is an unforgiving mistress.

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