After struggling through the first two months of his big league career, Cody Reed has been optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Monday.
The corresponding move has Kyle Waldrop being promoted from Louisville.
Reed has really struggled since his promotion in mid-June, posting a 7.36 ERA in 10 starts.
The main issue for Reed has been contact. He has allowed 67 hits in 47.2 innings of work, which have resulted in that inflated ERA.
Reed has also allowed 12 home runs and walked 19 batters over the span.
Reed was one of three left-handed pitchers acquired from the Royals in the Johnny Cueto trade, along with Brandon Finnegan and John Lamb. He was originally a second round pick by the Royals in 2013 and has risen up the ranks quickly.
At the time of the trade in 2015, Reed had already worked his way up to Double-A and was continued at the level with the Reds. After working just 78.1 innings at Double-A, Reed was aggressively promoted to Triple-A to start the 2016 season following a strong Spring, where he was dominant through mid-May.
He then earned the June call up and struggled since.
His best start of the season came on July 8, where he worked six, scoreless, four-hit innings against the Cardinals.
Reed works with a fastball in the mid-90s, along with a crisp slider in the mid-80s and a change that is average.
Reed will certainly come back up in September when the rosters expand, but it will likely be in a bullpen role.