Kevin Shackelford

Position: RHP
Born: 04/7/89
Height: 6'5''
Weight: 210
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Acquired along with RHP Barrett Astin from the Brewers for RHP Jonathan Broxton on Aug. 31, 2014 (CIN). Re-signed as a minor league free agent on Nov. 21, 2016 (CIN). Originally drafted in the 21st round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft (MIL).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
2-0 with a 1.53 ERA in 35 1/3 innings for Triple-A Louisville. Shackelford saved 11 of 12 opportunities for the Bats. He struck out 46 batters and walked 15, holding batters to a .192 BAA.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Louisville on June 27. The Reds optioned RHP Austin Brice to Triple-A to make room for Shackelford on the 25-man roster and designated RHP Jake Buchanan for assignment to make room for Shackelford on the 40-man roster.
MLB Debut Date: 06/29/17

Debut Details
June 29, in an 11-3 Reds’ loss to the Brewers. After starter Homer Bailey allowed six runs (including three homeruns) in three innings, the Reds turned to Shackelford in relief. He couldn’t stop the Brewers’ offensive onslaught, although he was able to eat 2 2/3 innings for a taxed Cincinnati bullpen. Shackelford allowed four runs on five hits and one walk in his outing, throwing 47 pitches, 31 for strikes. One of the hits Shackelford allowed was a solo homerun by Jonathan Villar, who was the first batter Shackelford faced. He recovered to strike out the second batter he faced, Domingo Santana. Santana was one of three strikeouts Shackelford collected in the outing.

Player Notes
Originally a seventh-round pick of the Brewers in 2010, Shackelford joined the Reds in 2014 as part of the August deadline deal that sent veteran right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton to the Brewers. Shackelford didn’t pitch for the Reds in 2014 but spent all of the 2015 season with their Double-A affiliate in Pensacola. In 2016, he finally received an opportunity in Triple-A after a strong start with Pensacola. Despite a 2.30 ERA in 31 1/3 innings for Triple-A Louisville last season, Shackelford wasn’t added to the Reds’ 40-man roster and he elected free agency. He re-signed with Cincinnati two weeks later and earned a non-roster invite to spring training in the process. Shackelford has served as the Bats’ closer all season. For the first time in his career, the ground ball pitcher is striking out more than one batter per inning.