Price confident in DeSclafani, Lorenzen
During the Reds win over the Giants on Friday, both starter Anthony DeSclafani and fellow prospect Michael Lorenzen ran into some issues in their outings.
DeSclafani walked a couple of batters during his 4 2/3 innings. He allowed three runs (one earned) with five hits and struck out three. He said last night that he never really felt comfortable out there or liked his mechanics.
Lorenzen walked six batters in his two innings, including four in a row in the seventh inning with one out. He only gave up one run however.
DeSclafani seems destined to make the rotation while Lorenzen is seeking to earn a bullpen spot.
Reds manager Bryan Price expressed confidence in both pitchers on Saturday morning.
“Yesterday was a struggle for [DeSclafani] but he’s historically been a strike-thrower with plus stuff, especially fastball-slider and a developing changeup and curveball,” Price said. “I think as we do organizationally, we look at what we feel our prospects as typically starters first and relievers second. Even with yesterday’s struggles, he hasn’t lost my confidence in his ability to start at this level. I just think he’s just accomplished everything he needs to have accomplished in Triple-A. We’ll see. We still have a couple of weeks of Spring Training left. Even though it may seem like everything is mapped out and our bench is made and our starting rotation is made, it’s not. We have our contingency plans if we get to closer to opening day and feel like we have to make some adjustments. He hasn’t disappointed me. I anticipate guys coming out here and periodically struggle.
“Michael Lorenzen walked six in two innings and I haven’t lost one ounce of confidence in his ability to be an outstanding Major League pitcher. But I’ve seen a lot of these Spring Trainings. The guys know that the heat is turned up right now. We’re two weeks away from being out of here and being in Montreal in our tuneup for Opening Day. Guys know that the outings may have a little bit more meaning right now. That’s good to see. It’s not going to get easier on Opening Day for these guys. It’s not going to get easier to compete on opening day than it is right here. You have to play and play well. Like I’ve said, it doesn’t always mean statistically. We have to look at the stuff, look at the swings and look at the defense and base running and evaluate than and not solely the box scores.”