BILLINGS – If Billings Mustangs fans didn’t have a chance to see Nick Lodolo pitch for their home team, they’re likely out of luck.
The Cincinnati Reds on Monday promoted their number-one pick of 2019 to the Class A Dayton Dragons. Lodolo is set to make his first start with the Dragons on Thursday night against the Great Lakes Loons at 7 p.m., according to the Dragons’ website.
Lodolo made six starts for the Mustangs throwing 11.1 innings, striking out 21 and issuing only one walk. He posted a 2.38 earned run average.
This year’s seventh overall Major League Baseball selection becomes the 18th Reds first-round pick to play for the Dragons.
Lodolo played collegiate baseball at TCU and was a 2019 2nd Team All-American as a junior after posting a 2.36 ERA in 103 innings. He walked 25 batters and struck out 131, surrendering just 76 hits.
Lodolo was selected 1st Team All-Big 12 Conference in 2019 after being a 2nd Team choice in 2017 as a freshman and again in 2018.
Lodolo’s top appearances of 2019, including with TCU:
May 16 vs. Texas Tech (College World Series participant, #4 team in the nation in final ranking): 8 innings, 0 runs, 5 hits, 0 walks, 13 strikeouts.
March 15 vs. Eastern Michigan: 7 innings, 0 runs, 1 hit, 4 walks, 13 strikeouts.
March 1 vs. Houston: 7 innings, 1 run, 2 hits, 1 walk, 13 strikeouts.
June 1 (NCAA Super Regional) vs. Arkansas (College World Series participant, #7 team in the nation in final ranking): 5 innings, 1 unearned run, 4 hits, 6 strikeouts.
Reds #1 draft picks to play for Dayton:
(Editor’s note: information from the Dragons’ media release included)