Waldrop recalled; Reds sorting out rotation

Outfielder to join club for a couple days while it decides on fifth starter

Waldrop recalled; Reds sorting out rotation

CINCINNATI -- With right-handed starter Mike Leake being shipped to San Francisco in the early hours of Friday, his former No. 44 jersey will now be worn by highly-touted outfielder prospect Kyle Waldrop -- at least for a couple of days.

To fill the vacant roster spot left by the Leake trade, the Reds recalled Waldrop from Triple-A Louisville on Friday to potentially make his Major League debut. Waldrop will be with the club for the next couple days as the Reds figure out who will take over Leake's originally scheduled start on Sunday against the Pirates.

"We are also just temporarily going to fill [Leake's] spot on the roster, and we'll add Kyle Waldrop to our roster as an extra bench bat for the next two days," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "Then we'll have to make a change and get a fifth starter in here."

Waldrop, who is 23 years old, is rated as the Reds' 18th best prospect and has spent time at Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville this season. Waldrop is hitting .254/.288/.370 with six home runs and 35 RBIs in 95 games between the two teams. He is known for his power, but he hasn't hit a home run in 28 games with Triple-A Louisville this season.

Waldrop also recently played on the U.S. Team in the 2015 SirusXM All-Star Futures Game held at Great American Ball Park on July 12. He went 1-for-4 with one run scored in the showcase game.

Price said with it being most likely a short stint with the Reds, it made more sense to bring up Waldrop than other outfielders like Brennan Boesch, Kristopher Negron or Yorman Rodriguez.

"He went and got off to kind of a slow start in Double-A and then really picked it up, and at that point in time the organization, [Director of Player Development] Jeff Graupe and the guys ... thought it was a good time to get him to Triple-A," Price said. "He's getting his feet under him, he started off slow there. He's been hitting the ball on the barrel lately.

"We also know it's most likely a two-day visit, so to bring up Boesch, Negron's back off the DL today, those guys really went [to Louisville] to play. Had Yorman up here for a few days, and he didn't play at all. This is a short stay, so we figured Kyle could fill that [spot] maybe as a potential early pinch-hit guy that can give us a little zap from the left side."

Robert Bondy is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.