Many of the Reds roster spots — from the regular eight to the front of the rotation — are locked up. But there could be some surprises that make the team in the back of the rotation and bullpen.
Manager Bryan Price has raved multiple times about prospect Michael Lorenzen, who could have a shot in the bullpen as a multiple-inning reliever. Lorenzen is still projected, in the future, as a starter.
“Lorenzen’s looked terrific,” Price said Saturday. “The concern with him he hasn’t throw a lot of innings. He went from a college closer to a starter. He’s a sponge. He makes quick adjustments. He has excellent instincts.”
Other pitchers that could have a chance are Raisel Iglesias and a prospect who has gotten less attention in Jon Moscot.
“Iglesias is polished right-hander that’s played all that international baseball,” Price said. “But he’s been primarily used as reliever. But he has four pitches and throws them for strikes and could be a starter. …
“I wouldn’t be surprised if I see these guys on the team for Opening Day, just doing a risk-reward thing. Maybe we bring guys to big league a little bit early, take that chance and see if it’s going to pay dividends.”
Price is hoping for some surprises this season.
“We have to have a surprise in the rotation,” Price said. “We have to have a surprise or two in the our bullpen and take advantage, something we walk about the end the season. ‘Wow, this kid came up won 14 games’ or we get a couple of performances from the bullpen that we really weren’t expecting. Those are things we’re going to need to be really good this year.”