Card: 2022 Topps Pro Debut #PD-72
Nicholas Frank Lodolo (born February 5, 1998 in La Verne, CA) is a left handed pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds
As a freshman at TCU in 2017, Lodolo appeared in 17 games (15 starts) where he compiled a 5–1 record with a 4.35 ERA. He was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team as well as to the All-Freshman Team. In 2018, as a sophomore, he went 7–4 with a 4.32 ERA, striking out 93 batters in 77 innings over 16 games (15 starts) and was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team once again.
Prior to the 2019 season, Nick was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team and finished his junior season with a 6–6 record and a 2.36 ERA, striking out 131 in 103 innings. He was also named to the All-Big 12 First Team. Lodolo was considered one of the top prospects for the 2019 Major League Baseball draft. He was selected by the Cincinnati Reds with the seventh overall pick.
While assigned to the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Double-A South, Nick was named the league's Player of the Month in May after compiling a 1.01 ERA with 38 strikeouts and a 0.83 WHIP over 26+2⁄3 innings. He was also selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game at Coors Field. Over ten starts with the Lookouts, he went 2–1 with a 1.84 ERA and 68 strikeouts over 44 innings.
He made his MLB debut with the Reds on April 13, 2022 against the Cleveland Guardians. Despite allowing five runs in four innings, Nick struck out four, leading Bally Sports Ohio analyst and Hall of Famer Barry Larkin to say "If Lodolo can maintain this kind of approach - defense being at a premium - that should be a recipe for success." Larkin went on to praise Nick's breaking ball effectiveness at the Major League level. His manager, David Bell, spoke about his debut.
Nick is active on Twitter @nicklodolo
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