Reynolds alum Blaine Howell was recently released by the Cincinnati Reds organization.
Howell, 26, had been pitching for the Reds’ Double-A affiliate in Pensacola (Fla.). He was 2-2 this season with a 4.09 earned-run average and 22 strikeouts in 33 innings pitched.
Howell was back in baseball this season for the first time since 2013 after two Tommy John surgeries on his pitching arm (left).
Howell graduated from Reynolds in 2006 and was the Northwestern Conference Player of the Year that season after going 9-1 with a 1.14 earned run average and 94 strikeouts. Howell also batted .405 with seven home runs and 26 RBIs.
Howell was selected in the 13th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft by Cincinnati.