Baseball's All-Star break has turned out to be a moving week for Bellevue's Ryne Reynoso. He's gone from the Deep South to Down East in just a few days.
Minor leaguer Reynoso, 25, was released by the Atlanta Braves organization Monday. He had been pitching for the Gwinnett Braves in the Triple A International League South.
Reynoso immediately became a free agent after being under contract with the Braves since 2006—his entire professional career. Within 24 hours, the former Wood River High School baseball star had signed with the Boston Red Sox.
Although he's moving down to Double A with the Portland (Me.) Sea Dogs in the Eastern League, Reynoso is being paid substantially more because he signed as a free agent.
"I think it's huge for me to be getting started with a new organization," said Boston College graduate Reynoso on Wednesday. Helping the transition, he said, was the work of scout Tom Battista.
Yesterday, the 6-2, 230-pound righthander headed to Fort Myers, Fla. to take a physical and become indoctrinated in the Red Sox philosophy. Reynoso said he expected to stay in Fort Myers for three or four days and then throw a couple of times in the Gulf Coast League while a spot is cleared for him with the Portland Sea Dogs.
Portland (44-46) currently stands in fifth place in the six-team Eastern Division of the Eastern League. The league's season lasts through Sept. 6.
This season, Reynoso struggled with Gwinnett, going 2-7 with a 5.40 ERA in 14 games, 10 as a starter, and 56 innings of work (76 hits, 26 BB, 40 K). He spent three weeks as a reliever with the AA Mississippi Braves, going 0-1, 5.68 ERA.
His best outing as a Gwinnett starter came on June 29—in his first start back after the demotion to Mississippi. Reynoso was the winning pitcher in a 7-3 road win over the Toledo Mud Hens. He allowed two earned runs in five innings with a career-best 8 K.