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47 Johnny Cueto SP
Height/Weight: 5-11/221 | Birthdate: 2/15/1986 | Birthplace: San Pedro de Macoris, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Kansas City | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $7,400,000 | Owned/Started%: 98/86 | Average Draft Position: 18.79
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Royals SP Johnny Cueto gets roughed up by Red Sox on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/21/2015) Royals starter Johnny Cueto had a rather forgettable outing against the Red Sox on Friday. The veteran right-hander allowed a season-high seven runs (six earned) on 13 hits over six innings in a 7-2 loss. 

Cueto (9-8, 2.70 ERA) got knocked around early and often in this one, as he allowed three runs to score in the second inning, thanks to five consecutive hits by the Red Sox. He gave up a couple more runs in the fourth before allowing a two-run home run to Josh Rutledge in the sixth.

This was Cueto's fifth start as a member of the Royals. He hadn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of the previous four outings. 


Royals SP Johnny Cueto throws eight strong innings in win


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/15/2015) Royals starting pitcher Johnny Cueto showed off how godd he can be during his start against the Angels on Saturday.

Cueto allowed just one run on eight hits in eight solid innings of work. His lone mistake was a solo home run allowed to Albert Pujols.

With the win, Cueto improved to 9-7 on the season with a 2.46 ERA.


Royals new ace Johnny Cueto blanks Tigers in home debut


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2015) Royals fans have embraced starting pitcher Johnny Cueto from the moment he was traded from Cincinnati to Kansas City. Cueto returned the favor Monday night.

The right-hander excelled in his home debut against Detroit by hurling a complete-game shutout. He allowed just four hits, walked none and fanned eight for his finest performance in five weeks.

Cueto retired the side in order five times in taming the Tigers. Only J.D. Martinez, who doubled in the first, reached second base against him.

"He actually heard [the crowd] in the eighth and that's when he was excited to go back out for the ninth," Cueto told ESPN through a translator. "That's when he asked Ned (Yost) to please send him back out."

The right-hander has been tearing it up since a mini-slump in mid-July. He has given up only five runs in his last 30 innings in reducing his ERA to 2.05, which ranks second in the majors behind Zack Greinke.


Royals SP Johnny Cueto outperformed in Wednesday defeat


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2015) Good wasn't good enough for Royals newcomer Johnny Cueto on Wednesday. He was outpitched by Detroit rookie Matt Boyd.

Cueto yielded two earned runs on five hits in seven innings with two walks and just two strikeouts, his lowest total in a game in which he has pitched more than six frames this season.

His evening was marred only by a run-scoring triple by Anthony Gose in the third inning and sacrifice fly by Victor Martinez in the fourth.

Cueto remains winless in two starts with Kansas City.


Royals' Johnny Cueto gets no-decision in first start with new team


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) Royals newcomer Johnny Cueto made his team debut on Friday. He went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out seven, but did not factor in the decision as the Royals dropped the game 7-6 to the Blue Jays in extra innings.

Cueto was handed a 3-0 lead after the first inning, but he allowed a two-run double to Josh Donaldson in the third with the tying run coming across in the fourth. The Royals rallied back, and Cueto left the game leading 5-3. But the bullpen wasn't able to hold on the lead, leaving Cueto with the no-decision.

Pitching between the Reds and the Royals this year, Cueto went 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA in six July starts.


Johnny Cueto slated to make Royals debut Friday at Toronto


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2015) Starting pitcher Johnny Cueto will make his Royals debut on Friday at Toronto. The right-hander was acquired in a trade Sunday with the Reds.

Reds trade Johnny Cueto to Royals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2015) After a false start on Saturday, the Reds completed a trade sending pitcher Johnny Cueto to the Royals on Sunday. 

The two teams came to an agreement on Saturday, but one of the players Kansas City was sending to Cincinnati had a medical issue that put the trade on hold. 

Negotiations continued through Sunday morning, and CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman confirmed that the trade had been finalized. 

The Royals sent LHPs Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed to Cincinnati.


Report: Reds, Royals still looking to complete trade for Johnny Cueto


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2015) Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto was nearly traded to the Royals on Saturday, but a medical issue with one of the players the Royals were sending to Cincinnati scuttled the deal at the last minute. 

Despite the setback, Cueto may still be traded to the Royals. ESPN's Jim Bowden reported that the two teams continue to work on rebuilding the deal. 


Reds SP Johnny Cueto cruises to victory


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/25/2015) Reds starter Johnny Cueto, perhaps making his last start for Cincinnati before the trade deadline, was on top of his game Saturday, blanking the Rockies for eight innings in his team's 5-2 victory. 

Cueto allowed just four hits on the evening, while striking out five and walking just one during his 100-pitch outing. After a pair of rough starts in which he took a loss and a no-decision, Cueto was sharp in one of the toughest pitcher's parks in MLB. 

Cueto (7-6) now has an ERA of 2.62. 


Reds SP Johnny Cueto shows lack of command in no-decision


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/19/2015) Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto was awful during his start against the Indians on Sunday.

Cueto simply couldn't put the ball where he wanted, and walked a season-high six batters because of it. He threw just four innings and allowed two runs on four hits, but the free bases he allowed were s detriment to his team -- he walked as many batters in four innings than his last four starts combined.

Cueto, who got a no-decision, now has a 2.79 ERA in 122 2/3 innings this season.


Report: Royals targeting Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2015) The Royals are trying hard to acquire Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto, reports The Kansas City Star.

Cueto has also been involved in trade discussions with the Dodgers and Astros. Cueto is 6-6 with a 2.73 ERA in 17 starts this season.


Hamels, Cueto on Dodgers radar as July 31 trade deadline nears


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2015) The Dodgers have quietly continued trade discussions with the Phillies regarding ace Cole Hamels, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. They are also seriously considering Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto as a trade target.

The Dodgers appear determined to land another top pitcher to join Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke in what could be a devastating playoff rotation, per Heyman.


Astros targeting Reds ace Johnny Cueto in trade


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2015) The Astros are eyeing Reds ace Johnny Cueto, who might even be their top trade target, people familiar with their thinking told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Pairing Cueto with All-Star Game starter Dallas Keuchel would give the surprising American League contenders a formidable 1-2 punch. 

One person connected to the team added to Heyman that the Astros know they need to bolster their rotation to stay in the division race the rest of the season.


Reds' Johnny Cueto goes into All Star Break with loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2015) Reds starter Johnny Cueto lost his first game since June 26, Sunday, against Miami. Cueto snapped a two-decision winning streak and heads into the All Star Break at 6-6.

Cueto lasted just five innings, his shortest outing of the season, matching a season high by giving up five runs. 

Cueto allowed seven hits, walked one, and matched a season low with two strikeouts. 


Reds' Johnny Cueto shines in complete-game two-hitter Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/7/2015) Reds ace Johnny Cueto was dominant against the Nationals on Tuesday. Cueto tossed a complete-game shutout, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out a season-high 11 batters. Cueto needed 122 pitches to complete the nine-inning gem, and he lowered his ERA to 2.61.

This was Cueto's first complete game since last August, and his first complete-game shutout since May 15, 2014. He has won back-to-back starts for the second time this year. 


NL All-Star reserves, pitchers and Final Vote candidates revealed


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) The National League All Star reserves and pitchers were announced on Monday evening, and there was no room for the reigning National League MVP.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was not selected for the All Star team, although he's one of five candidates to take the final spot on the roster in the Final Vote. 

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant made the team as an injury replacement for the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton. Bryant is one of two rookies on the team, along with Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson

The Pirates sent two starting pitchers to the All Star team for the first time since 1960. MLB wins leader Gerrit Cole and fellow Pittsburgh starter A.J. Burnett will both be making their first appearance. 

National League reserves are:

Catchers: Yasmani Grandal, Dodgers; Yadier Molina, Cardinals
First basemen: Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers; Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
Second basemen: DJ LeMahieu, Rockies; Joe Panik, Giants
Third basemen: Nolan Arenado, Rockies; Kris Bryant, Cubs
Shortstop: Brandon Crawford, Giants
Outfielders: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates; Joc Pederson, Dodgers; A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks; Justin Upton, Padres

National League pitchers are:

Madison Bumgarner, Giants; A.J. Burnett, Pirates; Aroldis Chapman, Reds; RHP: Gerrit Cole, Pirates; Jacob deGrom, Mets; Zack Greinke, Dodgers; Mark Melancon, Pirates; Shelby Miller, Braves; Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies; Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers; Trevor Rosenthal, Cardinals; Max Scherzer, Nationals; Michael Wacha, Cardinals

The five candidates for the Final Vote are:

Johnny Cueto, Reds; Jeurys Familia, Mets; Carlos Martinez, Cardinals; Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers; Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies


Reds SP Johnny Cueto throws eight dominant innings Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/1/2015) Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto was excellent in his start against the Twins on Wednesday. Cueto went eight strong innings, allowing one run on four hits. He walked one and struck out eight, dropping his ERA to 2.84. He evened his record to 5-5 with this performance

This was Cueto's finest start since he twirled seven shutout innings on June 7. He retired 11 in a row at one point, and never really lost his composure in this one.

Cueto has pitched at least six innings in all but one of his 15 starts this season.


Reds SP Johnny Cueto gives up two earned runs in Friday's loss


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/26/2015) Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto made his first start in nine days on Friday, and showed a little rust in the 2-1 loss to the Mets. Cueto gave up two runs on just two hits, while striking out six. He needed 112 pitches to get through six innings, as he matched his season-high by issuing three walks. 

Cueto (4-5) gave up a first-inning home run to leadoff man Curtis Granderson, and then walked three straight batters, forcing in a run in the fifth.

"You know, things happen," Cueto said via translator Tomas Vera, per MLB.com. "I was too careful during [the fifth inning]. I didn't want to leave the ball over the middle, I was trying to trick them. I didn't want them to get a home run or anything or a big hit that would cost me more than inning."

 He has now given up nine earned runs over his last three starts. His season ERA now sits at 2.98.


Reds SP Johnny Cueto on schedule for Friday's start


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/25/2015) Reds ace Johnny Cueto is good to go for his start on Friday against the Mets. Cueto missed his last start on Tuesday with elbow inflammation, but there was never any serious concern on the part of the Reds.

"When he gets there and he's on the mound, I don't think anybody would notice anything being any different with his stuff or his command," manager Bryan Price said, per MLB.com. "Once he's loose, he's good to go."

Cueto, a free agent at the end of the season, has been the focus of many trade rumors over recent weeks. If he can stay healthy, he would be a very valuable trade chip this summer for the struggling Reds.


Report: Reds hearing from teams regarding Cueto, Leake, Chapman


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) The Reds have been contacted by multiple teams regarding starting pitcher Johnny Cueto, starting pitcher Mike Leake and closer Aroldis Chapman, according to Fox Sports. However, the Reds have been reluctant to engage in serious trade talks.

The Royals are one team that have contacted the Reds about Cueto and Leake, according to Fox Sports.


Reds' Johnny Cueto getting day off due to elbow inflammation


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto, who won't be on the mound due to a lingering elbow issue, said he feels fine enough to start against the Pirates on Tuesday, according to MLB.com.

Through a translator, Cueto said, "Yeah, I could have pitched today but they’re the ones who know," referring to the coaching and training staff. 

Reds manager Bryan Price said Cueto is dealing with some inflammation in his elbow stemming from a previous injury. 

“He had that little pocket of inflammation that has been an area where we’ve really tried to strengthen it when we skipped him after the Kansas City start and we haven’t gotten ourselves all the way back to 100 percent,” Price said. “It just seemed to make sense that we weren’t going to be able to get him there without giving him a little time off, and time for treatment and his strength back up. He could pitch. He could have pitched today just like he had the other starts. 

"I don’t see another window without having to do something with the roster and send somebody out and start to juggle and do things we didn’t want to do. We’re just taking advantage of a few days off.”

Cueto has had two subpar outings — seven earned runs in 12 1/3 innings — on the mound in a row. Cueto is scheduled to start this Friday against the Mets. 


Reds move SP Johnny Cueto start back to Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2015)
Reds ace Johnny Cueto had been scheduled to start Tuesday against Pittsburgh, but he has been pushed back to Friday for the series opener against the Mets, per MLB.com.
The team has claimed that the move was made to give Cueto a couple extra days of rest. No specific health issue was cited.
Cueto has not been sharp recently. He has allowed seven runs in his last two starts covering 12 1/3 innings.

Rain delay cuts Reds' Johnny Cueto's night short on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/18/2015) Reds starter Johnny Cueto faired decently in his outing against the Tigers on Wednesday night. The right-hander lasted 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out four. His night ended early as a one hour, 14 minute rain delay knocked him out of the game in the sixth inning.

Just before the rains came, however, Cueto managed to serve up a three-run home run to Miguel Cabrera to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead. The Reds' bats were able to get Cueto off the hook, as he took the no-decision. 

Cueto has allowed seven earned runs in 12 1/3 innings over his last two starts, as he'll carry a 2.98 ERA into his next start, scheduled for Tuesday in Pittsburgh.


Report: Yankees, Tigers scouting Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) The Yankees and Tigers each had a scout at Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto's last start this past Friday, reports FOX Sports.

Cueto went seven innings during the start and allowed four runs. He is 4-4 with a 2.75 ERA in 12 starts this season.


Reds SP Johnny Cueto gets no-decision in solid start


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/12/2015) Johnny Cueto had a steady, if not spectacular, start for the Reds on Friday, but he wasn't involved in the decision, as it took extra innings for Cincinnati to prevail over the Cubs. 

Cueto went seven innings, allowing four runs on seven hits. He did strike out nine batters to remain among the top 10 in strikeouts in the NL. 

"He battled his tail off, as always," Reds manager Bryan Price said, per MLB.com. "He doesn't shy away from pitching in close games at all."

The Reds' ace has gone at least seven innings in four of his last five starts, but the four runs were the most he's allowed since a May 9 victory over the White Sox.