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The Cincinnati Reds played two games yesterday, allowing both Aroldis Chapman and Mike Leake to start on the same day.
The comparisons between the two will be constant throughout the Spring, as both are vying for the 5th starter’s slot. With Leake, we have a good idea what he brings to the table: a solid, average starter with the potential for a little more. With Chapman, we know how he did as a lights-out closer last year, but no one knows how the conversion to a starter will affect him.
If yesterday’s results are any indication, it could go very well. Chapman pitched two perfect innings. That’s no runs, hits, and no walks. He struck out one.
As is common in the beginning of Spring Training, Chapman threw mostly off-speed pitches.
“I feel I could locate the pitches where I want,” he said. “The results, you saw what happened. The results were good. I was really happy.”
I think everyone is, except maybe manager Dusty Baker, who’s likely to lose his favorite closer.
As for Leake, he w...
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It wasn't too long ago when catcher Devin Mesoraco was heralded as the undisputed top prospect in Cincinnati's system. In fact, it was less than one year ago. Now, speedster Billy Hamilton holds that title after swiping more bases in 2012 than you can shake a stick at (155 to be exact).
Expectations were high for Mesoraco entering his rookie season. Many even dubbed him...
This is the face of the Reds.
This is the face of MLB.
On Friday, MLB Network announced Joey Votto as the winner of its "Face of MLB" promotion after the Reds first basemen edged out Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp in the championship round.
The month-long competition originally began with 30 players, one for each MLB franchise, and the field was slowly whittled...
Broxton is making closer money, but will he hold the closer's role all season?
Today we take a look at the Cincinnati bullpen
entering the 2013 season. There's a lot of solid names here and only so many spots to go around. The 'pen is undoubtedly where the hardest decisions of the spring will come for the front office.
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great season in Cincinnati
by: Matt Bollmann
Right around this time last year we were discussing the acquisition of Mat Latos and the impact that he would have on last years starting rotation. The Reds certainly gave up a lot to get Latos, so naturally as fans, we expected big things out of him. He definitely...
The collective baseball geniuses at ESPN published their second annual edition of MLB Future Power Rankings this week. The likes of Jim Bowden, Keith Law, and Buster Olney were each asked to rank all 30 teams based on five different categories in an attempt to measure how well each team is set up for success over the next handful of years.
The categories included majors, minors...
Shin-Soo Choo and the Cincinnati Reds are a perfect baseball marriage. Cincinnati desperately needed a leadoff hitter with a great OBP, and Choo’s career .381 mark will play nicely atop their lineup. For Choo, he’s finally liberated from a sub-par Indians lineup that finished 22nd in the league in runs scored last year and a ballpark that does more to help pitchers than hitters...
Cincinnati's project to turn hard-throwing Aroldis Chapman into a starter got off to a strong start Thursday in the split squad Reds' 4-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
Chapman has 16 starts in the minors but was derailed by injuries when he tried to make the conversion to starter last spring. He started and faced the minimum six batters in his two innings. Chapman threw...
Mark Prior is making yet another pitch to return to the big leagues.
The 32-year-old Prior has signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds, marking the fourth straight spring the oft-injured righty has tried a comeback.
Prior has not been in the majors since 2006. He pitched for Boston in Triple-A last season, making 19 relief appearances with a 3.96 ERA.
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Being reunited with former manager Dusty Baker, spent flamethrower Mark Prior signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds on Friday. The 6-foot-5, 225 pound Prior, who the Chicago Cubs took out of USC with the second overall choice in the 2001 draft, hasn’t thrown in the majors since numerous right shoulder injuries forced his premature exit in 2006. “He called me...
Cincinnati boasted the top bullpen in baseball last year and come into 2013 with great depth despite losing Aroldis Chapman to the rotation. They don’t any reliever prospects knocking on the MLB door right now, but there are a lot of strong arms that could make a case in the future.