Circle Feb. 18

The Reds revealed on Wednesday that their pitchers and catchers are scheduled report to Spring Training at Goodyear, Ariz. on Feb. 18. Physicals will be taken on the morning of Feb. 19, followed by an afternoon workout.

The full squad report date is Feb. 23, with physicals and the first full-squad workout on Feb. 24.

The Reds’ 2015 Cactus League schedule can be viewed by clicking here.


Already circled Mark, LOL, life begins again.

42 Days. I am so ready.

Pitching-heavy farm system

01/07/2015 by Steve Mancuso
Redleg Nation

Baseball America just published its updated list of the top ten prospects in the Reds system:
1.RHP Robert Stephenson
2.RHP Raisel Iglesias
3.OF Jesse Winker
4.RHP Michael Lorenzen
5.RHP Nick Howard
6.RHP Anthony DeSclafani
7.LHP Amir Garrett
8.RHP Nick Travieso
9.OF Aristides Aquino
10.OF Yorman Rodriguez

Seven pitchers in the top ten, six are right-handed. Doug Gray’s rankings are even more tilted toward RHP.
1.RHP Robert Stephenson
2.OF Jesse Winker
3.RHP Michael Lorenzen
4.RHP Nick Travieso
5.OF Yorman Rodriguez
6.RHP Sal Romano
7.LHP Amir Garrett
8.RHP Anthony DeSclafani
9.RHP Nick Howard
10.RHP Rasiel Iglesias

The overall system is strong, but not balanced. And it’s slanted the wrong way in today’s offensive-starved era. To the organization’s credit, it has developed the team’s current starters at C, 1B, SS, 3B, CF and RF and its top three SP (four, counting Tony Cingrani) and closer. That’s a great record. But who is the next 3B or SS or 2B or 1B? As recently as ten years ago (when Walt Jocketty was building his last World Series champions) it was unambiguously the right move to stockpile pitchers. Today, not so much.

Spring Training advent calendar will start on the 26th. Let the countdown begin!

Excerpt from MLB
…would not be a good thing…
The Cardinals are exploring several avenues to add a top-end arm to the top of the rotation, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of FOX Sports report. The targets include not only free agent Max Scherzer but also trade candidates Cole Hamels of the Phillies and David Price of the Tigers.

Rosenthal and Morosi hasten to add that no deals appear to be close, and note that St. Louis could decide to hold pat with its current slate of starters if the price proves too steep. But the club’s interest reflects some level of concern that the staff will hold up as constituted, per the report.

God forbid that any of those three would end up with the Cardinals.

Yet it’s not a good idea to stockpile pitchers in the minor leagues . Interesting .

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