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Joel Kuhnel

Joel Kuhnel

P | B/T: R/R | 6' 5" 260 | Age: 24
Draft: 2016 (Rd: 11, #318, Cincinnati Reds) - Texas-Arlington
Goldsboro, NC USA
Popularity:
↑ 14%

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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 1 0 4.66 11 0 0 9.2 9 1.34
1 Season 1 0 4.66 11 0 0 9.2 9 1.34
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 11 1-0 4.66 9.2 9 1.34
1 Season 11 1-0 4.66 9.2 9 1.34

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2019 CIN NL 42 1 0 4.66 11 0 0 9.2 8 5 5 1 5 9 1.34
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 70 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 55 | Overall: 45

A native of Goldsboro, N.C., the same small hometown that produced former big league catcher and ex-Reds manager Jerry Narron, Kuhnel did not get big bonus money when he was taken in the 11th round out of the University of Texas-Arlington in 2016. He's always had power stuff with the ability to command it, but it wasn't until 2018 that he started to figure things out.

Everything Kuhnel throws is hard. His fastball touches triple-digits with ease and he mixes in an 89-93 mph slider and a low-90s changeup. In 2018, he continued to fill up the strike zone even with the uptick in velocity gained thanks to a strong conditioning effort, and he missed more bats while continuing to get a lot of groundball outs as well. He has drawn praise for his strong makeup and an ability to grind through adversity on the mound.

Kuhnel wasn't on anyone's radars prior to 2018, but after his All-Star turn in the Florida State League, he repeated his success in 2019, making the Southern League All-Star team and earning a bump up to Triple-A. He should get the chance to see what he can do in Cincinnati soon.


Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2019 166 28 1 3.6 88.2 13.9 .193 .294 .282 .264 .273 32.1 21.4 11.9
ALL 166 28 1 3.6 88.2 13.9 .193 .294 .282 .264 .273 32.1 21.4 11.9
MLB 40553 6.3 87.5 11.2 .251 .412 .317 .318 .371 34.5 21.7 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
08/15/2019 Cincinnati Reds selected the contract of RHP Joel Kuhnel from Louisville Bats.
06/20/2019 RHP Joel Kuhnel assigned to Louisville Bats from Chattanooga Lookouts.
04/02/2019 RHP Joel Kuhnel assigned to Chattanooga Lookouts from Daytona Tortugas.
02/25/2019 RHP Joel Kuhnel assigned to Cincinnati Reds.
04/04/2018 RHP Joel Kuhnel assigned to Daytona Tortugas from Dayton Dragons.
03/24/2018 RHP Joel Kuhnel assigned to Cincinnati Reds.
04/05/2017 RHP Joel Kuhnel assigned to Dayton Dragons from Billings Mustangs.
03/18/2017 RHP Joel Kuhnel assigned to Cincinnati Reds.
07/03/2016 RHP Joel Kuhnel assigned to Billings Mustangs.
07/02/2016 Cincinnati Reds signed RHP Joel Kuhnel.