Full camp begins Wednesday

The first of a few Spring Training transitions begins on Wednesday. After five days of just having pitchers and catchers engaged in workouts, the Reds’ full squad will report.

For those who haven’t had them already as early arrivals, position players will take physicals Wednesday morning. A team meeting is slated for 11 a.m. MT, followed by the first full-squad workout. Then the next hurdle to clear will be getting to the first spring game, which is Feb. 26 vs. the Indians.

Some quick nuggets from Tuesday:

*Jay Bruce was the latest early arrival to camp.

“My off-season was great. I am ready to go,” Bruce said. “It’s exciting to be back. Different look this year, that’s exciting as well. I look forward to the next month and a half, for everybody to get on the same page and we’ll get this train rolling in the right direction.”

*Bryan Price said that Devin Mesoraco is ready to assume the responsibilities of being the Reds’ regular catcher.

“It’s his time to run with the opportunity,” Price said. “He’s earned this opportunity. It’s not just based projection and potential. We feel that the growth that Devin made last year suggested he was ready to take on a more significant role. His ability to lead, his ability to prepare with our game reports, our scouting reports, and being able to transition that to our pitchers, has really improved.”

*On MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM Sunday, GM Walt Jocketty talked about Homer Bailey’s contract talks. But he was also asked about the chances of locking up closer Aroldis Chapman.

“That’s a possibility. We have talked about that,” Jocketty said. “We’re trying to take a couple steps at a time here before we move too far ahead but, yeah, our goal is to try to retain as many of our young players as we can. But we’re limited to how far we can go with that because of the market size we have.”

*Only one picture for you today. It’s RHP Chien-Ming Wang throwing during his bullpen session.



Mark – this off topic, but important for prospects. The club scouted a HS pitcher in our area, Wil Crowe, that was the state’s (TN) POY for their classification. He wanted late first round money to forego his commitment to South Carolina. The club passed and went in a different direction. In the second round the Padres selected him, but he went on to school. This kid is 6’3 or so and 230 lbs and RH. Mastered 3 pitches with a 94-95 mph fastball and has been working on two more.150+ innings in HS with high strike out totals. He is the type athlete you talked about that the club likes and was excellent at the plate and as an infielder when he did not pitch. He is a bulldog on the mound. In his first game for the Gamecocks he pitched 6.2 and a no hitter against Bucknell to start off the season. Granted they are not SEC quality, but still as an 18 year old freshman he showed what to expect. The club needs to stay on this kid. Can’t miss and pitches in a power pitcher style the club has always liked. Just passing it on.

Jeez-enough already on the Homer deal. Close? What’s the problem- somebody having trouble counting zeros? Play ball!

The hard part is innitialing each page if you miss just one the contract is void. haha.

He probably wants to move the fenses back at GABP. Not a bad idea actually.

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