Reds pitchers face hitters
On Thursday and again on Friday, Reds pitchers have had their first chances this year to face hitters while on a mound. On the first day, several of the younger pitchers worked — like Tony Cingrani, Robert Stephenson and Michael Lorenzen.
“I saw a lot of good things,” manager Bryan Price said Friday morning. “I really enjoy watching the guys come out and throw their live BP. What I’ve also enjoyed is the approach of our hitters. Being able to see pitches, seeing guys go out there with a good approach, staying through the middle and the other way, I think for the most part, each pitcher got better the more he threw over the course of their live batting practice. We came out of it healthy. Those are all positives.”
Today — I saw Homer Bailey, Johnny Cueto, Aroldis Chapman, Sam LeCure, J.J. Hoover, Alfredo Simon, Chien-Ming Wang, Manny Parra and Jeff Francis. There were no earth shattering developments and I didn’t notice any pitcher in particular getting lit up. Chapman threw a couple of nice changeups and I heard catcher Brayan Pena really liking what Parra was pitching.
“That stuff was money,” Pena told him.
I’ve enjoyed listening to Pena chatter with the pitchers in general. The other day in the bullpen, he liked a pitch that RHP Brett Marshall located.
“Do that again, I’ll give you $20 … in a gift card,” Pena joked.
Here are some pictures from Friday’s live BP: