The Cincinnati Reds have inked a minor league deal with left-handed pitcher Tyler Gilbert, extending an invitation to spring training, as announced on Wednesday.
Selected in the sixth round by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2015, the 30-year-old Gilbert has seen action in parts of the last three seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Notably, in his inaugural start in August 2021, he achieved a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres, making nine appearances that season with a 2-2 record and a 3.15 ERA.
Gilbert’s journey took an interesting turn when he was a Rule 5 Draft selection from the Philadelphia Phillies organization during the minor league phase, less than a year before entering his age-27 season. While he hasn’t replicated the early brilliance seen in his no-hit performance, with a subsequent 5.23 ERA (80 ERA+) in 51.2 innings split between starting and relieving over the past two seasons, he adds depth to the Reds’ bullpen as they gear up for spring training.
Despite being outrighted off Arizona’s roster at the end of the 2023 season, Gilbert has accumulated a career ERA of 4.32 in 91 2/3 innings, making 28 appearances, including 13 starts. His presence enhances the Reds’ bullpen options as they prepare for the upcoming season.