Found March 12, 2013 on Reds Minor Leagues:
There are a lot of things on tap for today that are worth talking about, so let’s jump right in. SABR held their Analytical Conference last week and have started adding podcasts from the different forums/discussions/presentations. While I have probably listened to 6 hours worth of presentations, the one that I want to point you guys to is the Player Development Panel. It is just over an hour long and 58 MB to download (so you may not want to download it from a phone). One of the more interesting discussion points for me was when they discussed how to handle the workloads of guys in the minor leagues, especially within the first two seasons. Go download it and give it a listen when you get a chance. It is well worth it.   Tony Cingrani comes in at #69 on the Fangraphs list. Marc Hulet at Fangraphs has up his Top 100 Prospects. He has four Reds on the list: 30. Billy Hamilton – OF 32. Robert Stephenson – RHP 69. Tony Cingrani – LHP 71. Daniel Corcino – RHP Hulet is the highest I hav...

Reds make spring cuts, another prospect list and other notes

The Reds made their first real cuts of the spring yesterday. Here is how it broke down: Optioned to Louisville: Tony Cingrani and Daniel Corcino Optioned to Pensacola: Kyle Lotzkar and Josh Ravin Optioned to Bakersfield: Carlos Contreras and Yorman Rodriguez Optioned to Dayton: Ismael Guillon Reassigned to minor league camp: Nick Christiani, Chad Rogers, Nevin Ashley, Kristopher...

In brief: Votto’s return, sadder but wiser

Last Game The Reds were victorious over the White Sox yesterday, winning 7-3. Johnny Cueto started for the Reds and wasn’t that great: 2 runs (earned) on 3 hits in 4.0 innings of work. Fortunately for him, the offense came to play. Shin-Soo Choo went 4-for-4 with 2 runs scored. Todd Frazier went 3-for-4 with 1 RBI on a solo shot and 3 runs scored. Next Game The Reds have today...

Reds cut 12; roster at 44

The Cincinnati Reds made their first cut of spring training yesterday, removing 12 players from their roster. Left-hander Tony Cingrani and right-hander Daniel Corcino were optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Right-handers Kyle Lotzkar and Josh Ravin were optioned to Double-A Pensacola. Right-hander Carlos Contreras and outfielder Yorman Rodriguez were optioned to Single-A Bakersfield...

In brief: 2 pitchers; 1 rotation spot

Last Game The Reds had an off-day yesterday, but the battle for the fifth rotation spot never sleeps, so they played a split squad game with Aroldis Chapman and Mike Leake going head-to-head. This video appeared on, along with a nice little insider-style tidbit. Next Game The Reds host the Dodgers tonight at 10:05 p.m. Mat Latos will be starting for the Reds. Joe...

Projecting the Pensacola Blue Wahoos roster

Infield Catcher - Tucker Barnhart Barnhart will likely return to Pensacola for a second go of things after struggling in his initial time with the Blue Wahoos. The 22-year-old hit just .200/.262/.292 in 41 games last year at the Double-A level. He really struggled offensively, but he was very strong on the defensive side of things where he is among the best in all of the minors....

Reds make 12 roster cuts

Dusty Baker made his first round of roster cuts Tuesday. There were 12 in all and none of the players came as a real surprise. Here is the list of the players who were cut: RHP Nick Christiani RHP Chad Rogers C Nevin Ashley OF Kris Negron OF Ryan LaMarre LHP Ismael Guillon OF Yorman Rodriguez RHP Carlos Contreras RHP Josh Ravin RHP Kyle Lotzkar RHP Daniel...

A mixed bag of Reds news and notes

Cincinnati lifted their Cactus League record to 3-11 after racing past the split-squad Chicago White Sox, 7-3, on Sunday. Shin-Soo Choo and Todd Frazier led the offensive charge with seven hits between them. The Reds enjoy an off day on Monday before welcoming the Dodgers to Goodyear Tuesday evening. Until then, here is a mixed bag of Reds news and notes... + Team USA avoided...

Yoenis Cespedes reunites with mother, family after stressful year

For over a year, Oakland A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes had hardly any idea of where his mother, Estella Milanes, and 11 of his family members were or where they might end up. Cespedes defected from Cuba to the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2011 to pursue a career in professional baseball. The 26-year-old has succeeded, but prior to this week he had done so at the expense...

Player Profile #37: Jay Bruce | OF | CIN

Jay Bruce will be just 26 years old on April 3 and he already has two 30-homer seasons and 134 homers for his career. His runs, home run, RBI, and stolen base totals have gone up every since over the last four years, and he’s taken on an increasingly important role in the Cincinnati lineup. [...]

Reds 7, White Sox 3

Shin-Soo Choo got four hits and Todd Frazier homered Sunday as the Cincinnati Reds beat a Chicago White Sox split squad 7-3. Frazier had three hits and Cesar Izturis drove in two runs. Reds starter Johnny Cueto was erratic in his second spring start. He walked three and hit another, but completed four innings and gave up just two runs. Chicago starter Gavin Floyd allowed four...

Rival scout: Chapman should close

  Reds left-hander Aroldis Chapman is destined to remain a closer, at least in the opinion of one rival scout who saw him start a minor-league game on Monday.   “I hope they do start him, but they’re crazy if they do,” said the scout, who works for another National League club. “It’s Joba Chamberlain all over again.   “His velocity dropped off in the second inning...

An update on how 20 former Reds are doing this spring

Jared Burton has resurrected his career with MIN Once a Red, always a Red. Isn't that how the saying goes? Although none of these players are currently in the Reds organization, they were at one time, and if you're anything like me, you're probably curious to know how they're doing. With that being said, here is a spring update on some of the notable ex...

Catch the Future

One year ago multiple players stepped up with surprising performances to help the Reds win 97 games. One disappointment was rookie catcher Devin Mesoraco. He’s still figures prominently into the Reds future plans and the way he’s hitting in spring training gives reason to think that he’s ready to leave his 2012 campaign in the rear view mirror.
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