Originally posted on 22gigantes  |  Last updated 1/9/12

Left-handed pitcher Clayton Tanner has signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer.

The 6’2″ 205-pounder was selected in the third round of the 2006 amateur draft right out of high school and spent the next six years in the Giants’ minor league system, getting as high as Double-A Richmond.

In six minor league seasons, Tanner has compiled a 51-43 record, 3.64 ERA, 1.342 WHIP, 6.6 SO/9 rate and 3.1 BB/9 rate.

The Reds must have liked what they saw in Tanner when he briefly pitched for their Triple-A Louisville team last fall after being dropped from the Giants’ 40-man roster back in August to make room for Eric Surkamp.

At the time, Giants GM Brian Sabean called Tanner’s release a “paper move” and he said the Giants were in the process of re-signing the 24-year-old.


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