In a move to fill a void on the Louisville Bats’ roster, the Cincinnati Reds have promoted Aruban catcher Chadwick Tromp to their International League affiliate.
The Reds made plenty of roster moves the other day, a string of catcher promotions as a part of it. Cassidy Brown was promoted from the Daytona Tortugas (A Advanced) to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA) to fill the void that Chadwick Tromp left. Tromp was sent up to the Bats because catcher Joe Hudson was placed on the disabled list with a right hip flexor strain.
The offensive numbers of Chadwick weren’t that impressive. In twenty-five games, he hit just under .250 (.247). He did not put up any power numbers but managed to leg out five doubles. Behind the dish, he threw out six of twenty-one potential base stealers (29%) and committed four errors.
Chadwick made his first steps in professional baseball in 2013 when he debuted with the AZL Reds. Slowly he worked his way up the ladder. This promotion to AAA isn’t his first. In 2015 he already played a game for the Bats in which he went 2 for 4 with a double.
In 2017 he split the season between A-Advanced and AA. This year he started at AA with the Pensacola Wahoos.
Last night he made his seasonal debut with the Louisville Bats. He had four plate appearances in which he collected a hit and drew a walk. In the 8-4 loss vs the Toledo Mud Hens, nobody stole a base with Chadwick behind the plate.
It remains to be seen how long he will stay at AAA. It all depends on the duration of the recovery of Joe Hudson.
Chadwick is not considered a top prospect of the Reds organization. In this year’s Spring Training, he drove in the game-winning run in his first-ever at-bat. Sure he had plate appearances with the Reds before but in those cases, he was hit by a pitch and got a free pass.