Multimedia while I’m out

From Sunday through Thursday, I’ll be taking a little break from camp. The blog won’t be updated at all but we’ll have full coverage maintained on Reds.com/MLB.com.

In the meantime, be sure to listen and subscribe to our MLB.com Reds podcasts.

http://mlb.mlb.com/fan_forum/podcasts/index.jsp?c_id=cin

Also — Fox Sports Ohio’s Jim Day and I had a chat about the 2015 Reds that you might enjoy.

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Sunday’s lineup…
Spring Training: March 16, 4:05 pm ET
@ Goodyear Ballpark
Radio: WLW 700

1.Hamilton, CF
2.Byrd, LF
3.Phillips, 2B
4.Frazier, 3B
5.Mesoraco, C
6.Dominguez, 1B
7.Cozart, SS
8.Schumaker, RF
9.Satin, DH

Fay on Red’s bench hopefuls…
John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer attempts to predict which five players will end up comprising the five-man bench for the Reds to start the 2015 season, and he lists the following quintet: Skip Schumaker, Kristopher Negron, Brayan Pena, Brennan Boesch and Chris Dominguez.

“The top three are locks. Boesch has been terrific in camp. Dominguez gives you right-hander pop off the bench, although his defense is a question. I think the final spot will come down to him or Jason Bourgeois. Kyle Waldrop and Donald Lutz have looked good as well,” Fay explains.

The reason Reds outfielder Jason Bourgeois crumpled to the ground in pain after laying down a bunt on Saturday became clear on Sunday, when it was revealed that he has a fracture in his left shoulder. The injury is expected to keep him out of action for 4-6 weeks.

4-6 weeks sounds like extreme optimism to me. Shoulder injury…then rehab…then throwing …hitting. IMO 8-12 weeks before he’s ready. Too bad as he was having a good spring.

It’s only a movie. It’s only a movie. Give up one hit and lose. Score 1 run in two games. Broadcasts have been brutal. Marty and Joe’ll be talking tomatoes before long. No, that’s not right. It’s only spring training!

Let’s hope it’s a movie rerun and not a reality show. Looks familiar though.

What looks familiar. You guys have no idea what you’re saying. You’re exactly right Maxblue, it’s only spring training. When we won the division (97 games) in 2012, we went 15-17 in spring training. SPRING TRAINING IN BASEBALL MEANS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING BESIDES GETTING THE WINTER KINKS OUT. I DON’T GET WHY MORE PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT.

What looks familiar. You guys have no idea what you’re saying. You’re exactly right Maxblue, it’s only spring training. When we won the division (97 games) in 2012, we went 15-17 in spring training. SPRING TRAINING IN BASEBALL MEANS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING BESIDES GETTING THE WINTER KINKS OUT. I DON’T GET WHY MORE PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT.

Doug Miller/MLB.com
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Reds trimmed their roster Monday morning, and one of the cuts made the competition for the starting rotation a bit clearer.
Left-hander David Holmberg, who made seven appearances (five starts) for the big league club last year, including three consecutive starts in September, was optioned to Triple-A Louisville along with righties Dylan Axelrod, Carlos Contreras, Daniel Corcino and lefty Ryan Dennick. Left-hander Amir Garrett was optioned to Class A Daytona, and catcher Ramon Cabrera, right-hander Jon Moscot and outfielder Felix Perez were reassigned to Minor League camp.
Holmberg was viewed as having a shot at one of three spots available in the rotation, which could be without rehabbing Homer Bailey until mid-April. And Holmberg pitched well in three appearances this spring, including a scoreless three-inning start against Colorado on March 9.
Now the candidates for those current openings (in addition to top two Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake) have apparently been whittled down to Jason Marquis, Anthony DeSclafani, Paul Maholm and Raisel Iglesias.

Excerpt from John Fay..
The Reds trimmed their roster from 54 to 45 Monday.
The biggest surprise in the group is Holmberg, 23. He was competing for the fourth or fifth spot in the rotation. He went 2-1 with a 2.50 ERA in September last year. He was 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA over three games and seven innings this spring.

Jonathan Mayo / MLB.com
A year ago, Robert Stephenson stood atop the Reds’ top prospects list, followed by a talented young outfielder.
It’s the same deal in 2015, with the talented right-hander at No. 1 and an outfielder following close behind. It’s a different outfielder this time, however, with Billy Hamilton, last year’s No. 2, running his way to a second-place finish in the 2014 National League Rookie of the Year voting. He’s been replaced by the sweet-swinging Jesse Winker, who moves up from No. 4 a year ago.
Several players have made nice jumps forward to climb toward Stephenson, who joins Winker as the only Reds on the Top 100 Prospects list. Lefty Amir Garrett, finally putting his college basketball days behind him, went from No. 20 to No. 6 on this year’s preseason list. Outfielder Kyle Waldrop, who has sometimes played in Winker’s shadow, wasn’t on the Top 20 a year ago. A breakout season catapulted him to No. 14.
The Reds deepened the farm system with some offseason trades as well. Anthony DeSclafani and Chad Wallach both hit the list courtesy of the Mat Latos trade, and Jonathon Crawford comes aboard from the Tigers in return for Alfredo Simon.
Reds’ 2015 Top 30 Prospects list
Biggest jump: Aristides Aquino, OF (2014: Unranked | 2015: 12)
Biggest fall: David Holmberg, LHP (2014: 7 | 2015: 23)
Best tools
Players are graded on a 20-80 scouting scale for future tools — 20-30 is well below average, 40 is below average, 50 is average, 60 is above average and 70-80 is well above average.
Hit: Winker (65)
Power: Winker (55)
Run: Junior Arias (60)
Arm: Yorman Rodriguez (65)
Defense: Tucker Barnhart (60)
Fastball: Stephenson (70)
Curveball: Stephenson (70)
Slider: Nick Howard (55)
Changeup: Ismael Guillon (60)
Control: Holmberg (50)
How they were built
Draft: 19
International: 7
Trade: 4
Breakdown by ETA
2015: 6
2016: 8
2017: 13
2018: 3
Breakdown by position
C: 2
3B: 3
SS: 2
OF: 7
RHP: 13
LHP: 3

Pete Rose has submitted a formal request to have his lifetime ban from baseball lifted, commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters in Glendale, Ariz., on Monday following an appearance at Dodgers camp.

“Honestly, I don’t think people should read any disposition into what I’m saying about this. I see it as a really simple thing. He’s made a request,” Manfred said to Dodgers beat writers on Monday, according to ESPN.com. “Part of my obligations under the major league constitution is to deal with those requests, and I’ll deal with it.”

Even in spring training…it’s nice to see a hitting frenzy.
Original scheduled 8 today:
Kris Negron, 3B 4 1 3 1 0 0 0 .300 .364 .300
Joey Votto, 1B 3 2 1 0 1 0 1 .250 .462 .250
Marlon Byrd, LF 3 0 2 1 0 1 1 .333 .400 .444
Jay Bruce, RF 2 1 1 3 0 1 1 .333 .294 .867
Brennan Boesch, CF 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 .500 .500 .885
Brayan Pena, C 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 .227 .227 .273
Skip Schumaker, 2B 3 1 1 2 0 0 2 .222 .333 .500
Eugenio Suarez, SS 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 .333 .364 .667

Only 20 more days to get Cueto signed before the season. I really hope it gets done.

Would like to see it too. Then hope Bailey has a good first half and trade him at AS break. Then sign Leake to extension.

If we could trade Homer Bailey, I’d be the happiest man on the face of the earth. Unfortunately no team is going to take on that guys contract, with the production he puts on the field. Let alone the injuries… He has the straightest fastball in all of baseball.

I understand that fastballs are straight pitchers. But for good pitchers, not every fastball is straight as an arrow like Homer’s. It’s nice to be able to put a wrinkle on one at one point, then throw the straight gas the next time. Maybe JC can help him work on one of those cutters….

Might be wrong, but I get the impression Bailey doesn’t listen to much from anybody.

Yeah those Texans are stubborn pieces of work aren’t they?

Nice toss’n today…
Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mike Leake 4.0 2 0 0 1 3 0 0.00
Aroldis Chapman 2.0 2 0 0 1 3 0 1.29
Burke Badenhop 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 16.88
Tony Cingrani 2.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1.29
…kinda stuff winners are made of…

We’re all going to be very happy to have Cingrani & Badenhop in the pen this year. All these Reds fans that are down on the Reds are about to have a change of heart here soon. This team certaintly has the makings of being able to have a good season. Need a couple of SP to step up, and to stay as healthy as possible. Iglesias may be taking Homer’s starts to start the season, but if he pitches light out, can you really send him to the pen or down? I think the kid is going to be electric.

I’m gettin pumped up. Cingrani was lights out, fastball was popping. Goodbye JJ, pleeeaaaase!

Umm I think they will be better and I am excited. But I am getting less excited to Paul and Jason show that is being portrayed. Would rather see what some of these young kids might bring to the team. I think they have a better chance of winning with the kids than these older never have beens. These kids average potental is higher than Paul and Jasons best years. Some of these young pitchers could have very good years ahead of them let at least find out what they got before we have to decide on Cueto and Leake.

I agree with Marquis. But the dude has a nasty sinker that could work in the GAB. Constant professional as well. Maholm intrigues me a little bit because he has shown flashes of being a good #3 or 4 starter. Overall, I agree. I’d rather see it go Cueto, Leake, Iglesias, Descalfini or whatever lol, then either Maholm or Marquis. Can’t start both of those guys until Homer comes back.

I’m too lazy to look. Without Cingrani, is there a lefthander in the rotation?

No.

Don’t understand the rush to set the rotation and bullpen. Sounds like last year when Price was fixated on not hurting feelings and letting players feel secure regardless. It’s almost like the spirit of competion going to the wire to see who has earned the position is not allowed. Also, seems selective about what performances in ST mean someting an others are ‘well it’s only ST’.

Getting Suarez was a good move…so far this spring…
Category……….Suarez…………..Cozart
BA………………….280………………..273
OBP……………….308…………………273
SLG………………..560………………..318
OPS………………..868………………..591
AB…………………….25…………………22
R………………………..3…………………..1
H…………………………7………………….6
DBL…………………….2…………………..1
TPL…………………….1……………………0
HR……………………..1……………………0
RBI……………………..5…………………..1
BB………………………1……………………0
SO………………………8……………………3

Do you think it’s going to change anything? As Price said, Cozart is our shortstop. Also, the selectivity about ST statistics will come into play. I for one would absolutely give Suarez the nod.

Tonight @ 9pm on MLB. Go Reds

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