Former Pacific right-handed pitcher Hayden Pearce had his contract picked up by the Cincinnati Reds. Pearce started the season with the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League. He has been assigned to the Red’s affiliate in the Arizona League in Goodyear, Ariz.
Pearce had made six appearances for Washington this season, his first with the Wild Things. In those, he started five games, logged 32 innings and had 25 strikeouts to only eight walks. He accumulated a 3.38 ERA and won his last three decisions, the only decisions he had so far. His first appearance was on Opening Night, when he faced nine batters, set them all down and struck out five against the New York Boulders. The California native continued to pitch well and now becomes the first Wild Thing to head to the Reds’ system directly from Washington with a contract purchase.
Pearce was a standout at Glendora High School in California and was honored several times with all-conference and MVP-type honors before matriculating to the University of the Pacific, where he pitched four seasons. His best came as a junior when he ranked third in the West Coast Conference with an 11 K:BB ratio and a 0.800 WHIP. His 0.76 BB/9 was the 22nd best total in all of Division I.