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Travis Mattair came into the 2012 season as a relative unknown prospect who the Reds plucked up in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft from the Phillies the previous offseason. A former 2nd rounder, he took off the 2010 season to play college basketball before returning for the 2011 baseball season.
Things got off to a rocky start in April for Mattair. He played in 18 games for the Bakersfield Blaze and racked up 59 at bats where he struck out 19 times and had 6 walks while hitting .136/.209/.390. He smacked five home runs during the month, meaning that the other 37 times he put the ball in play, he only recorded a hit 3 times. That is a BABIP of .081 for the month. That may be the worst luck I can recall seeing.
Things turned around for the better in May. The third baseman stepped to the plate 116 times for the month. He walked 15 times and struck out 28 times while hitting .277/.371/.455 with 10 doubles, a triple and two home runs. He really caught fire from the 19th through th...
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The Cuban Missile could be enough to
push Cincy's rotation over the top
by: Chase Fitzgerald
With the news of a Jonathan Broxton 3-year deal, Aroldis Chapman will assuredly be moving to the rotation. Now, I hope you all know how incredible the Reds rotation was last year. None of the Reds pitchers missed a start and four of them had an ERA of below 4.00...
Hey, do you remember that bizarre story about Aroldis Chapman getting robbed in Pittsburgh back in May? Well, the fallout of it has finally come. Chapman's, uh, hotel guest has been hit with a $164 fine after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct after fabricating a wild lie to the police.
From the Associated Press:
A Maryland woman has been fined $164 for falsely...
Little did we know, until tonight, that Reds’ OF Jay Bruce will be getting married Saturday in Texas to girlfriend Hannah Eastham. The Big Piece, Ryan Howard, will also be getting married Saturday. We’ve already sent a gift to Howard so it’s only fair that BC goes shopping for Bruce.
The big problem with the Bruce-Eastham wedding registries is A) the gift prices are ridiculous...
The Reds plan to tread lightly with Aroldis Chapman.
As the pitcher transitions from closing to starting, Reds pitching coach Bryan Price told the Cincinnati Enquirer that the club intends on implementing an innings limit for Chapman.
Last season, the 24-year-old compiled a 5-5 record, a 1.51 ERA and 38 saves through 71 2/3 innings en route to earning an All-Star selection. But Price...
Let’s not forget: Jonathan Broxton was sharp with the Reds this season. The hulking righty recorded a 2.82 ERA and a 2.42 FIP. The strikeouts shot up to 8.0 per nine innings from 6.3, the walks were slashed to 1.2 per nine innings from 3.5.
From September on, we saw shades of the exceptional Jonathan Broxton who dominated hitters in Los Angeles from 2007 through 2009. Broxton...
Billy Hamilton and Jesse Winker were each named to the Topps/MiLB All Star teams for the levels that they played at this season. Billy Hamilton got the nod at shortstop for the Advanced-A level and they had this to say in the blurb for his being named:
Billy Hamilton (22) of Taylorsville, Miss., stole 104 of his season-record 155 bases with the Bakersfield Blaze, before a promotion...
Defending NL Central champion Cincinnati Reds have re-signed one of their trade deadline chess pieces, Jonathan Broxton, to a 3-year, $21M contract, likely with the idea of moving hard throwing (to say the least) lefty Aroldis Chapman into the rotation for 2013. Down the stretch in the race for the playoffs, Broxton was a key weapon out of the Cincinnati bullpen, appearing 25 times...
The Cincinnati pitching staff had an excellent 2012 and tied for the lowest ERA in the NL despite playing in one of the more hitter-friendly venues. A solid starting rotation was a huge part of that and the Reds' signing of Jonathan Broxton hints that they are looking to improve it even more in 2013 by converting closer Aroldis Chapman into a starter.
A Maryland woman has been fined $164 for falsely reporting a robbery of a Pittsburgh hotel room belonging to a Cincinnati Reds player.
After learning 27-year-old Claudia Manrique of Silver Spring, Md., completed 50 hours of community service, a judge reduced her misdemeanor false report charge Thursday to summary disorderly conduct, and she pleaded guilty.
Police say Manrique was...
Will Chapman keep his K/9 numbers as a starter?
Jonathan Broxton cashed in on his last season in a big way, with a 3-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds, and he will assume the closer role for Manager Dusty Baker’s squad.
Take a look at what Broxton last year:
This means a few things for a few people who...
We are beginning to approach a few major offseason milestones soon. The first of which will come next Monday (Dec. 3) when the Major League Baseball world converges on Nashville for the Winter Meetings. That event will run through Thursday, which leads up to the Rule 5 Draft. The following day marks the beginning of the greatest fanfest in all of sports -- Redsfest. The two-day extravaganza...
by: Parker Perry
Time is ticking down at an incredibly fast pace for the Cincinnati Reds in their pursuit for a replacement for Drew Stubbs.
B.J. Upton has signed with the Atlanta Braves, Denard Span is also playing in the National League East with the Washington Nationals, and MLB Trade Rumors is reporting that the Colorado Rockies are no where close...
There’s rumblings that Aroldis Chapman will be in the rotation. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this. In fact, I think every year since Aroldis costumed himself as a giant cigar and smuggled himself in a humidor out of Cuba, there’s been rumblings that he will be in the rotation. Just yesterday, I ran into a man who had been in a coma since 2010 and he asked how...
Aroldis Chapman is a starter. A starting pitcher. A pitcher who will pitch in the first inning of baseball games. Rejoice and celebrate, right? Hoorah! Hooray! Hoorak! Five cheers!
The problem is that we're all a little gunshy. Daniel Bard blew up for the Red Sox and then didn't even pitch well out of the bullpen in Triple-A. Neftali Feliz went under the knife...