Non-roster invites

The Reds announced they would have 19 non-roster invites at big league camp in Spring Training when camp opens on Feb. 18 in Goodyear.

Here is the list:

RHP Nate Adcock, RHP Jonathon Crawford, RHP Nick Howard, RHP Michael Lorenzen, LHP Jose Mijares, RHP Jon Moscot, RHP Robert Stephenson and RHP Nick Travieso; catchers Ramon Cabrera, Kyle Skipworth and Chad Wallach; infielders Ivan De Jesus Jr., Irving Falu, Josh Satin and Neftali Soto; and outfielders Brennan Boesch, Ryan LaMarre, Felix Perez and Jesse Winker.

Below is the full camp roster:

2 Cozart, Zack……INF
4 Phillips, Brandon…..INF
6 Hamilton, Billy……..OF
7 Suarez, Eugenio……INF
9 Byrd, Marlon….OF
16 Barnhart, Tucker…………C
17 Negron, Kristopher……INF
19 Votto, Joey……INF
21 Frazier, Todd…….INF
22 Hatcher, Billy…….1B coach
23 Lutz, Donald………OF
25 Schumaker, Skip…….IF/OF
26 Iglesias, Raisel………RHP
27 Boesch, Brennan*…………OF
28 DeSclafani, Anthony…..RHP
29 Pena, Brayan………C
30 Bourgeois, Jason……OF
32 Bruce, Jay……OF
33 Rodriguez, Yorman…….OF
34 Bailey, Homer…..RHP
35 Riggleman, Jim…….3B coach
36 Holmberg, David……..LHP
38 Price, Bryan………manager
39 Mesoraco, Devin…….C
40 Axelrod, Dylan…….RHP
41 Dennick, Ryan…….LHP
43 Parra, Manny………LHP
44 Leake, Mike……RHP
45 Marshall, Sean……..LHP
47 Cueto, Johnny…..RHP
48 Sampson, Keyvius…..RHP
49 Bell, Jay…..bench coach
50 Mijares, Jose*…..LHP
52 Cingrani, Tony….LHP
53 Contreras, Carlos…….RHP
54 Chapman, Aroldis…….LHP
55 Magill, Matt…..RHP
56 Pico, Jeff……..pitching coach
57 Jenkins, Mack…..bullpen coach
58 Adcock, Nate*……..RHP
59 Long, Don…….hitting coach
60 Hoover, J.J……RHP
61 Tinsley, Lee…….asst. hitting coach
62 Villarreal, Pedro…..RHP
63 LeCure, Sam………RHP
64 Corcino, Daniel……..RHP
65 LaMarre, Ryan*…….OF
66 Satin, Josh*….INF
67 De Jesus Jr., Ivan*…..INF
68 Soto, Neftali*…….INF
69 Duran, Juan….OF
70 Diaz, Jumbo…..RHP
71 Falu, Irving*…INF
72 Stefanski, Mike……catching coach
73 Skipworth, Kyle*……………..C
74 Guillon, Ismael…..LHP
75 Waldrop, Kyle……OF
76 Garrett, Amir…LHP
77 Cabrera, Ramon*……C
78 Stephenson, Robert*….RHP
79 Lorenzen, Michael*..RHP
80 Wallach, Chad*…….C
81 Moscot, Jon*……RHP
82 Travieso, Nick*….RHP
83 Howard, Nick*……..RHP
84 Crawford, Jonathon*……..RHP
85 Winker, Jesse*…….OF
86 Perez, Felix*………OF
88 Benavides, Freddie……..infield coach

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Prospect #10
Nick Tavieso
Position: RHP

DOB: 01/31/1994 (Age: 20)

Height/Weight: 6’2”, 215 lbs.

Bats/Throws: R/R

Drafted: First round, 2012 (Archbishop McCarthy HS, Fla.)

Last Year’s Ranking: 9

ETA: 2017

2014 Stats

Future Pitch Grades:

Fastball Slider Changeup Control
60 55 50 50

Scouting Report

Travieso bounced back from a forgettable 2013 campaign to capture Minor League Pitcher of the Year honors in the Reds organization, as the 20-year-old pitched to a 3.03 ERA over 142.2 innings in the Midwest League in 2014.

The 6’2” right-hander was a mid-90s guy as a high school senior, but has sat in the low 90s as a professional, though he can still let it rip when he chooses. Travieso’s slider is raw but flashes average potential, as he tends to get under or around the pitch and doesn’t always come from the release point. His changeup is a below-average offering, and will be crucial toward his ongoing development as a starter.

Ceiling (OFP): 55 (No. 3 or 4 starter) – high risk

Prospect #9
Jonathan Crawford
Position: RHP

DOB: 11/01/1991 (Age: 23)

Height/Weight: 6’2”, 205 lbs.

Bats/Throws: R/R

Drafted: First round, 2013 by Tigers (Florida)

Last Year’s Ranking: 2 (Tigers)

ETA: 2016

2014 Stats

Future Pitch Grades:

Fastball Slider Changeup Control
65 55 55 45

Scouting Report

Crawford spent his first full professional season in the Midwest League, where he pitched to a 2.85 ERA and logged 123 innings. However, the right-hander’s time with the Tigers would end there, as he was dealt to the Reds in December in exchange for Alfredo Simon.

At 6’2”, 205 pounds, Crawford typically sits in the 92 to 95 mph range with his fastball, and will reach back for more, but his stressful delivery and arm action still impede his ability to locate.

The 23-year-old’s mid-80s slider remains his best secondary offering and will flash plus. It could become a more dynamic swing-and-miss offering with further refinement, though. Crawford’s once-fringy changeup has really improved in the last year and could end up being an above-average pitch, which might help him stave off a move to the bullpen in the coming years.

Ceiling (OFP): 55 (No. 4 starter/late-inning reliever) – high risk

Prospect #8
Alex Blandino
Position: SS

DOB: 11/06/1992 (Age: 22)

Height/Weight: 6’0”, 190 lbs.

Bats/Throws: R/R

Drafted: First round, 2014 (Stanford)

Last Year’s Ranking: NA

ETA: 2016

2014 Stats

Tools Breakdown (Future Grades):

Hit Power Run Arm Field
55 50 40 55 55

Scouting Report

The Reds usually don’t offer their most recent draft picks aggressive promotions during their professional debuts, but they decided to move Blandino up to Low-A Dayton in late July. The 23-year-old rewarded the organization by batting .261/.329/.440 in 34 games at the full-season level.

Blandino has average bat speed, but his approach and bat control give him the potential to hit for average at the highest level. His ability to read pitchers and recognize pitches stands out, as he’s a patient and selective hitter who rarely chases pitches out of the zone.

The right-handed hitter’s high hand positioning allows him to drive through the ball with authority, while the loft and finish to his swing make average power easy to project.

Blandino played all over the infield in college, but the Reds are developing him as a shortstop—at least for now—and he’s looked comfortable at the position so far. There’s a good chance he’ll be forced to third base down the line, though there remain questions about whether he’d provide enough power to be a corner infielder at the highest level.

Ceiling (OFP): 55 (solid-average regular) – medium risk

Prospect #7
Yorman Rodriquez
Position: OF

DOB: 08/15/1992 (Age: 22)

Height/Weight: 6’3”, 197 lbs.

Bats/Throws: R/R

Signed: 2008 (Venezuela)

Last Year’s Ranking: 5

ETA: Debuted in 2014

2014 Stats

Tools Breakdown (Future Grades):

Hit Power Run Arm Field
45 65 60 65 50

Scouting Report

Rodriguez returned to the Southern League in 2014 to bat .262/.331/.389 in 119 games, and received his first taste of the major leagues as a September call-up.

The 6’3”, 197-pound outfielder has the tools and athleticism to be an impact right fielder, as he’s an above-average runner with similar range and has an absolute cannon for an arm.

At the dish, Rodriguez possesses raw plus power to all fields, but is still figuring out how to utilize it during games. The 22-year-old’s plate discipline is lacking, as he struggles to pick up spin out of the pitcher’s hand. He can absolutely destroy fastballs, though.

With that in mind, Rodriguez’s hit tool may never be better than average, which could limit his power utility and make him more of a fourth outfielder than a starter.

Ceiling (OFP): 55 (solid-average regular) – medium risk

Prospect #6
Anthony DeSclafani

Position: RHP

DOB: 04/18/1990 (Age: 24)

Height/Weight: 6’1”, 190 lbs.

Bats/Throws: R/R

Drafted: Sixth round, 2011 by Blue Jays (Florida)

Last Year’s Ranking: 8 (Marlins)

ETA: Debuted in 2014

2014 Stats

Future Pitch Grades:

Fastball Slider Changeup Control
60 55 45 55

Scouting Report

The Marlins acquired Anthony DeSclafani in a blockbuster deal with the Blue Jays following the 2012 season. The 24-year-old right-hander debuted in the major leagues this past season, but struggled to the tune of a 6.27 ERA over a short sample of 33 innings.

However, his strikeout and walk rates were consistent with those he posted between Double-A and Triple-A, and his 3.77 FIP suggested that his ugly ERA was mostly a result of bad luck.

DeSclafani closed out his breakthrough season with an impressive showing in the Arizona Fall League, posting a 2.67 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 27 innings. The Reds acquired DeSclafani from Miami in early December as part of the Mat Latos trade.

DeSclafani’s arsenal of three average-or-better pitches is highlighted by a 93 to 94 mph running fastball that he uses to pound the bottom of the zone, generating both whiffs and weak contact. The 6’1” right-hander’s go-to secondary offering is a hard, low to mid-80s slider with good tilt, and he has a good feel for sequencing it relative to his heater.

Ceiling (OFP): 55 (No. 4 starter) – low risk

Prospect #5
Nick Howard
Position: RHP

DOB: 04/06/1993 (Age: 21)

Height/Weight: 6’3”, 215 lbs.

Bats/Throws: R/R

Drafted: First round, 2014 (Virginia)

Last Year’s Ranking: N/A

ETA: 2017

2014 Stats

Future Pitch Grades:

Fastball Curveball Slider Changeup Control
60 55 60 45 50

Scouting Report

The Reds drafted Howard as a starting pitcher, despite his background and experience as Virginia’s closer, and the right-hander offered a taste of his potential in the role with a promising performance between Low-A Dayton and Arizona Fall League.

A 6’3”, 215-pound right-hander, Howard’s fastball sits around 92 to 95 mph as a starter with some life, and he already shows a feel for pitching to both sides of the plate.

His slider isn’t as sharp in the starting role when compared to his bullpen days, likely due to his lessened velocity in the role, though it’s still a 55 to 60 offering with pretty consistent late bite. Howard’s changeup is serviceable as a starter right now, registering around 83 to 86 mph, but it will require considerable refinement to serve as a weapon.

Ceiling (OFP): 55 (No. 3 or 4 starter) – high risk

Prospect #4
Raisel Iglesias

Position: RHP

DOB: 04/01/1990 (Age: 24)

Height/Weight: 6’2”, 175 lbs.

Bats/Throws: R/R

Signed: 2014 (Cuba)

Last Year’s Ranking: NA

ETA: 2015

2014 Stats

Future Pitch Grades:

Fastball Curveball Slider Changeup Control
60 50 55 50 50

Scouting Report

Iglesias inked a seven-year, $27 million contract with the Reds last July, but the Cuban right-hander didn’t make his professional debut until the Arizona Fall League.

Working out of the bullpen, Iglesias, 24, sat in the low 90s with his fastball, occasionally hitting 95-plus, and he showed a good feel for inducing whiffs with his slider. He also throws a curveball and changeup, which gives him at least some potential as a starter, should the Reds take that route.

Based on his strong showing in the fall, my best guess is that Iglesias begins the season in the Reds’ bullpen, only to be stretched out at a later time.

Ceiling (OFP): 55 (No. 3 or 4 starter; setup man/second-tier closer) – low risk

Prospect #3
Michael Lorenzen
Position: RHP

DOB: 01/04/1992 (Age: 23)

Height/Weight: 6’3”, 180 lbs.

Bats/Throws: R/R

Drafted: First round, 2013 (Cal State Fullerton)

Last Year’s Ranking: 6

ETA: 2016

2014 Stats

Future Pitch Grades:

Fastball Curveball Slider Changeup Control
60 50 60 55 55

Scouting Report

Lorenzen’s success as a starting pitcher this season was a pleasant surprise, as the right-hander had served as Cal State Fullerton’s closer and center fielder prior to his selection by the Cincinnati Reds (No. 38 overall) in the 2013 draft.

The 23-year-old blew past expectations in his first full season as a starter (and at the Double-A level nonetheless), as his improved command and feel for multiple pitches allowed him to turn over Southern League lineups and work relatively deep into starts.

Lorenzen is an outstanding athlete with a wiry 6’3”, 180-pound frame and little mileage on his arm. The right-hander sits comfortably in the low to mid-90s with his fastball, throwing it with late sink when working down in the zone, and he’ll always reach back for a bit more as needed early in games.

He flashes plus with a swing-and-miss slider and made strides developing his changeup last season, and he’ll also mix in a loopy curveball to keep hitters honest. Lorenzen’s lack of durability and need for refinement means he’s likely spend all of 2015 in the minor leagues, but the right-hander’s combination of stuff and pitchability gives him the potential to be a No. 3 starter at maturity.

Ceiling (OFP): 60 (No. 3 starter) – medium risk

Prospect #2
Jesse Winker
Position: OF

DOB: 08/17/1993 (Age: 21)

Height/Weight: 6’2”, 210 lbs.

Bats/Throws: L/L

Drafted: First round, 2012 (Olympia HS, Fla.)

Last Year’s Ranking: 4

ETA: 2016

2014 Stats

Tools Breakdown (Future Grades):

Hit Power Run Arm Field
60 55 45 50 50

Scouting Report

Winker posted a 1.006 OPS in 53 games at High-A Bakersfield to open the season, but his production fell off after moving up to Double-A Pensacola (.677 OPS in 21 games), likely due to the partially torn tendon in his right wrist that ultimately ended his season in late July (but didn’t require surgery).

The 21-year-old made up for the lost time in the Arizona Fall League, where he led all qualified hitters with a .338 average.

Winker is one of the best pure hitters in the minor leagues, as he features a smooth, compact stroke from the left side of the plate and is adept at using the entire field. The 6’2”, 210-pound left-handed batter has hit at least 15 home runs in each of his first two years in full-season ball, and his frame and line-to-line approach suggest more will come.

More importantly, Winker possesses plate discipline and pitch recognition well beyond his years, which is reflected through his impressive strikeout (17.5 percent) and walk (14.3 percent) rates over 1,100 minor league plate appearances.

On the other side of the ball, Winker’s defense has steadily improved over the last two seasons, but he’s still limited to only left field due to his lack of speed and arm strength.

Winker will probably begin 2015 back at Double-A, as he’s likely looking at another full season in the minor leagues following Cincinnati’s acquisition of Marlon Byrd.

Ceiling (OFP): 60 (first-division regular) – medium risk

Prospect #1
Robert Stephenson
Position: RHP

DOB: 02/24/1993 (Age: 21)

Height/Weight: 6’2”, 190 lbs.

Bats/Throws: R/R

Drafted: First round, 2011 (Alhambra HS, Calif.)

Last Year’s Ranking: 1

ETA: 2015

2014 Stats

Future Pitch Grades:

Fastball Curveball Changeup Control
70 70 55 50

Scouting Report

Stephenson was challenged over a full season in Double-A, as the 21-year-old right-hander’s inconsistent command led to an elevated walk rate (4.9 BB/9), and his tendency to pitch up in the zone with his fastball allowed hitters to take him deep 18 times (1.2 HR/9).

However, Stephenson was still young for the level, so the fact that he held opposing hitters to a .224 batting average and fanned 140 batters in 136.2 innings was encouraging.

The 6’2”, 190-pound right-hander boasts a plus-plus fastball in the 94 to 98 mph range and occasionally bumps triple digits. Stephenson’s secondary arsenal is headlined by a potential plus-plus curveball that’s an absolute hammer with sharp downer action.

He also throws a changeup in the high 80s that’s still a bit on the firm side, but his feel for the pitch has noticeably improved in the last year, as he’s been forced to develop it against Double-A hitters.

Stephenson’s athleticism and arm strength suggest front-of-the-rotation potential, but he’ll need to improve his command and refine his changeup to remain a long-term starter. It wouldn’t be surprising if he returned to Double-A to open the 2015 season; the Reds have no need to rush Stephenson’s development, and he’d probably be better off spending another full season in the minors.

Ceiling (OFP): 7 (No. 2 starter) – medium risk

The Marlins have agreed to terms with right-hander Nick Masset on a minor league contract, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (Twitter link).

From MLBTR:
•We heard yesterday that righty Scott Baker had interest from five clubs that were offering minor league deals. The Reds are one of the teams pursuing the veteran, tweets Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN, whereas the Twins are not involved.

WHY? WHY? WHY? (Check his stats at Baseball Reference.

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