Originally posted on Reds Minor Leagues  |  Last updated 2/15/13
Drew Hayes came into 2012 after a dominating year out of the Dayton Dragons bullpen where he worked as the closer on most nights. With Dayton he saved 22 games while posting a 1.35 ERA in 60 innings with 27 walks and 89 strikeouts. The Reds held him and a few others back from promotions during 2011 to try and keep the team together for a strong run. To make up for that, they pushed Hayes to Pensacola and entirely skipped him over Advanced-A. Hayes struggled in April overall, though it was mostly the first week of the season where he struggled. Between April 6th and April 13th he allowed 7 earned runs in 4.2 innings with 4 walks and 5 strikeouts. He improved over the rest of the month, allowing 4 runs in 7 innings with 4 walks and 10 strikeouts. He finished the month with a 6.16 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP over 11.2 innings. Hayes had 8 walks and 15 strikeouts. The walks were high but he was missing bats at a high rate. May was a good month for the right handed reliever. For the first two an...
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