The soon-to-be 25-year-old Ryan Kiel
was promoted to Bakersfield. Mike Dennhardt
was called on to take his place and make his professional debut for the Dragons.
For those not in the know, Dennhardt is pretty underrated around here. He was once thought to possibly be drafted within the first five rounds, but he had Tommy John surgery about a year ago, and the Reds were able to draft him in the 32nd round out of Boston College and sign him over slot.
2009 scouting report from http://www.perfectgame.org/articles/...x?article=2238
Dennhardt doesn't have an above-average pitch, but is nonetheless a significant prospect because of the depth of pitches in his repertoire. He has four solid-average pitches, and his ability to mix them effectively and command them sets him apart. His fastball is generally in the 88-91 mph range, and he complements it with a slider, curve and changeup. He also generates unusually good tailing action to righthanded hitters with his two-seamer and can produce good cutting action on his fastball, effectively giving him a fifth and sixth pitch. After consecutive 9-0 seasons for New Jersey prep power Don Bosco Prep, Dennhardt cut his teeth at Boston College with a 5-2, 4.96 record and 44 strikeouts in 52 innings as a freshman, working in a swing role. He gave a better demonstration of the kind of pitcher he is during the summer in the Cape Cod League, working strictly as a starter for Chatham. He made eight starts and went 2-3, 2.76 with 14 walks and 22 strikeouts in 46 innings. Dennhardt doesn't have a lot of deception or leverage in his delivery, and looks like he has maxed out physically, but he has a quick arm and an advanced feel for pitching, and his present stuff measures up.