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Graham Ashcraft dropped to 5-6 after allowing seven runs off four hits and five walks over five and one-third innings Wednesday.
Ashcraft finished his rookie season with a 4.89 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and 6.1 K/9. His last three starts of the year after he came off the IL on September 24 were disastrous, raising his ERA by nearly a run. Perhaps he wasn't wholly healthy, as he was a relatively effective pitcher before the biceps injury. Ashcraft doesn't have the upside of rookie teammates Nick Lodolo and Hunter Greene, profiling as a back-end rotation starter. He's not someone to target in fantasy drafts next spring but could become fantasy-relevant next season if he can keep the walks down and start generating more strikeouts.
Graham Ashcraft dropped to 5-5 after allowing six runs (five earned) off six hits and two walks over two and two-thirds inning Friday.
In two starts since coming off the IL last week, Ashcraft has allowed nine earned runs over six and two-thirds innings. He may get one more start on the last day of the season but is not a great option given his recent struggles.
Graham Ashcraft allowed four runs over four innings Saturday, losing to the Brewers after his IL activation.
Ashcraft cruised through the first three innings before melting down in the fourth. He gave up five hits in the inning, including a 2-run HR to Hunter Renfroe. Ashcraft gets the Cubs on the road in his next scheduled start. Even though it's a good matchup, it's hard to trust him, given the lack of work lately.
Graham Ashcraft (biceps) is scheduled to return from the IL Saturday to start against the Brewers.
Ashcraft really struggled in his final rehab assignment in Triple-A Monday, giving up 11 hits and 6 ER through 2.2 innings (70 pitches). Still, the Reds will give Ashcraft a chance to finish the season strong in the majors. He's been solid in the majors this year with a 3.97 ERA, 3.85 xERA, and .305 xwOBA against through 93 innings.
Graham Ashcraft was placed on the 15-day IL Tuesday with right biceps soreness.
Ashcraft has a 3.97 ERA, .272 OBA, and a 6.19 K/9 ratio in 16 starts this season. The 24-year-old rookie has struggled with control in his last three starts, allowing five earned runs, six walks, and 19 hits in 18 2/3 innings pitched. Ashcraft will be eligible to return from the IL on September 4th.