Joel Bender

#51 JOEL BENDER – LHP
Height: 6-4 Weight: 210
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Born: Cincinnati, Ohio
Resides: Glendale, Arizona
High School: Oak Hills (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Draft: 27th – CIN – 2010
Born: 8/3/91 Opening Night Age: 26
Classification: LS-4

Career Highlights: Eighth season of professional baseball and first with the Goldeyes…signed by the Goldeyes on 3/13/19…career 21-16 record with six saves and a 4.03 ERA in 194 appearances, 176 of them in relief…43 career games finished…377.0 career innings pitched, allowing 401 hits, 125 walks, and 15 home runs…340 career strikeouts (21 percent of career batters faced)…has averaged just 0.4 home runs per nine innings as a professional…has pitched more than 1.0 inning in 99 of 176 career relief appearances…drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 27th round in 2010…reached the Triple-A level in 2015, and has reached the Double-A level three times…assigned to the Arizona Fall League’s Scottsdale Scorpions in 2017…played at Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio…full name is Joseph Stephen Bender

2018
Pensacola (Southern/AA/Cincinnati): 0-1 with a 1.59 ERA for the Blue Wahoos in 19 games, all of them in relief…finished seven games…28.1 innings pitched, allowing 22 hits, six walks, and two home runs…struck out 26…did not allow an earned run in 16 of 19 relief appearances…pitched more than 1.0 inning in 10 of 19 relief appearances…struck out two in 2.0 scoreless relief innings on 7/2 vs. Mississippi in the second game of a double header…struck out four in 2.0 shutout relief innings on 7/8 vs. Mobile…pitched 2.0 scoreless relief innings and struck out two on 8/6 vs. Montgomery…struck out two in 2.0 scoreless relief innings on 8/22 at Biloxi…struck out four in 3.0 shutout relief innings on 8/28 vs. Mobile…struck out two in 2.0 scoreless relief innings on 9/2 at Tennessee…helped Blue Wahoos reach the Southern League playoffs

2017
Daytona (Florida State/A+/Cincinnati): 0-0 with one save and a 2.12 ERA for the Tortugas in 16 appearances, all of them in relief…finished five games…17.0 innings pitched, allowing 21 hits, five walks, and one home run…struck out 21…struck out three in 1.2 scoreless relief innings on 8/12 vs. Palm Beach…picked up the save on 8/17 at Bradenton, striking out two in 2.1 scoreless innings…struck out three in 1.0 shutout relief inning on 8/31 vs. Florida in the second game of a double header

Reds (Arizona/R/Cincinnati): Made three appearances for the Reds’ Arizona League affiliate, two of them in relief…3.0 innings pitched, allowing two earned runs, five hits, one walk, and zero home runs…struck out five

2015
Louisville (International/AAA/Cincinnati): 1-0 with a 0.87 ERA for the Bats in four games, three of them in relief…10.1 innings pitched, allowing 10 hits, one walk, and one home run…struck out 10…struck out three and earned the relief win with 2.2 shutout innings on 6/16 vs. Gwinnett in first career appearance at Triple-A level…started and took no-decision on 8/31 at Toledo, striking out five in 4.0 shutout innings

Pensacola (Southern/AA/Cincinnati): 0-0 with a 4.91 ERA for the Blue Wahoos in 12 games, all of them in relief…finished one game…18.1 innings pitched, allowing 20 hits, 12 walks, and one home runs…struck out 16…struck out four in 2.2 scoreless relief innings on 8/6 at Jacksonville…struck out one in 2.0 shutout relief innings on 8/10 vs. Birmingham…pitched 4.0 scoreless relief innings and struck out six on 8/19 vs. Chattanooga

Daytona (Florida State/A+/Cincinnati): 3-2 with one save and a 3.69 ERA for the Tortugas in 31 appearances, all of them in relief…finished five games…53.2 innings pitched, allowing 50 hits, 14 walks, and two home runs…struck out 46…pitched more than 1.0 inning in 21 of 31 relief appearances…earned relief win on 4/16 vs. Charlotte, striking out one in 2.0 scoreless innings…struck out three and picked up the save with 4.0 shutout innings on 4/18 vs. Tampa…struck out two in 2.2 scoreless relief innings on 5/13 vs. Palm Beach…struck out four in 3.2 scoreless relief innings while picking up the win on 5/26 at Bradenton…struck out two in 2.1 shutout relief innings on 6/28 at Palm Beach…struck out four in 2.0 scoreless relief innings on 7/7 vs. Dunedin…struck out two in 2.0 shutout relief innings on 7/20 at Dunedin

2014
Pensacola (Southern/AA/Cincinnati): Made one start for the Blue Wahoos…took no-decision on 8/23 vs. Montgomery in first career appearance at the Double-A level, striking out three and allowing two earned runs in 4.0 innings

Dayton (Midwest/A/Cincinnati): 6-3 with two saves and a 4.66 ERA for the Dragons in 45 games, 44 of them in relief…finished 11 games…63.2 innings pitched, allowing 69 hits, 20 walks, and one home run…struck out 70…did not allow an earned run in 30 of 44 relief appearances…pitched more than 1.0 inning in 18 of 44 relief appearances…picked up relief win on 5/15 at Lansing, striking out one in 1.1 scoreless innings…earned the save on 6/19 at Great Lakes, striking out one in 1.0 shutout inning…struck out four and allowed one earned run in 3.0 relief innings while picking up the win on 6/29 vs. Lake County…earned relief win on 7/31 at Lansing, striking out four in 3.0 shutout innings…struck out four in 3.0 shutout relief innings on 8/4 vs. Great Lakes…struck out five in 2.0 scoreless relief innings on 8/15 vs. Bowling Green…struck out nine in 5.0 relief innings, allowing one earned run on 8/18 at South Bend

2013
Dayton (Midwest/A/Cincinnati): 4-2 with two saves and a 3.79 ERA for the Dragons in 36 games, 35 of them in relief…finished 14 games…73.2 innings pitched, allowing 67 hits, 23 walks, and three home runs…struck out 56…pitched more than 1.0 inning in 23 of 35 relief appearances…struck out two in 3.2 scoreless relief innings on 4/17 at Lake County…started and took no-decision on 6/13 vs. Bowling Green, striking out six and allowing one earned run in 4.2 innings…struck out one in 2.2 scoreless relief innings while picking up the win on 7/15 at Quad Cities…earned first career save on 8/3 at West Michigan, striking out one in 3.0 scoreless innings…picked up the save on 8/9 vs. Lake County, striking out one in 1.2 scoreless innings…struck out three in 2.0 shutout relief innings on 8/12 at Fort Wayne…struck out two in 3.0 scoreless relief innings on 8/29 at Great Lakes…struck out three in 1.0 scoreless relief inning on 9/1 vs. South Bend

2012
Billings (Pioneer/R/Cincinnati): 3-4 with a 6.75 ERA for the Mustangs in 15 appearances, 10 of them in relief…52.0 innings pitched, allowing 71 hits, 25 walks, and three home runs…struck out 42…struck out six in 3.0 scoreless relief innings on 6/28 vs. Great Falls…picked up win in relief on 7/20 at Orem, striking out two in 3.2 shutout innings…picked up win in relief on 7/31 vs. Great Falls, allowing one earned run and striking out two in 4.0 innings…struck out five and allowed one earned run in 3.1 relief innings on 8/5 vs. Great Falls…started and took no-decision on 8/28 vs. Helena, striking out three in 5.0 shutout innings…started and won on 9/2 vs. Missoula, striking out four in 6.0 shutout innnings

2011
Reds (Arizona/R/Cincinnati): 4-3 with a 3.40 ERA for the Reds’ Arizona League affiliate in 12 appearances, eight of them starts…53.0 innings pitched, allowing 63 hits, 17 walks, and one home run…struck out 45…finished seventh in the Arizona League in ERA…made professional debut and picked up first career win on 6/21 vs. the Mariners’ Arizona League affiliate, allowing two earned runs and striking out two in 4.1 relief innings…made first career start and took no-decision on 6/26 vs. the Giants’ Arizona League affiliate, allowing two earned runs and striking out two in 4.0 innings…struck out four in 3.0 shutout relief innings on 7/22 at the Cubs’ Arizona League affiliate…started and won on 8/4 at the Brewers’ Arizona League affiliate, striking out seven in 6.0 shutout innings…started and won on 8/16 at the Cubs’ Arizona League affiliate, striking out five and allowing one earned run in 5.0 innings…started and took no-decision on 8/28 vs. the Brewers’ Arizona League affiliate, allowing two unearned runs and striking out eight in 6.0 shutout innings…helped the Reds reach the Arizona League playoffs

Rick Forney on Joel Bender: I’m pleased to announce the addition of Joel and Landon (Hughes). Joel can start or relieve, while Landon will work exclusively out of our bullpen. These are two high-quality arms that will certainly increase the overall depth of our pitching staff.