Lodolo was the highest unsigned pick from the 2016 Draft after turning down the Pirates as the No. 41 overall pick out of high school. After three years in Texas Christian's rotation, including a dominant junior year, Lodolo was the top-rated pitcher in the 2019 Draft class and was the first arm taken, No. 7 overall, by the Reds. The lefty received full pick value ($5,432,400) and made his pro debut in the rookie-level Pioneer League.
Lodolo usually works at 90-94 mph and peaks at 96 with sink on his fastball, using his 6-foot-6 frame to deliver it on a steep downhill plane. He showed inconsistent feel for spinning a curveball in the past and is focusing instead on a tighter slider in the low 80s that has become a solid offering. He also sells his changeup well and it has good action at the plate, giving him three pitches that all can grade as plus at their best.
Lodolo has a long, lean body that could add more strength and an easy delivery. He did a better job of maintaining his three-quarters arm slot as a junior, resulting in improved control and command. He also was pitching with more confidence, attacking hitters and realizing the potential Pittsburgh saw in him three years ago.
LHP Nick Lodolo assigned to AZL Reds from Dayton Dragons.
LHP Nick Lodolo assigned to Dayton Dragons from Billings Mustangs.