Smith the latest Reds rookie starter

When Josh Smith takes the ball to start for the Reds on Tuesday night, he will be the fifth rookie to start a game for them this season. In 69 games, including Tuesday vs. the Pirates, a rookie has started for Cincinnati 31 times.

In other words, that’s a ton.

“You know what? This is our team,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “It’s a way better situation than last year in the sense we have a lot more pitchers that are ready to come up and contribute, especially in the starting rotation and pitch impactful innings. We’ve been very happy with what we’ve gotten out of our young guys. It’s going to be a challenge and go out there and expect these guys to pitch like veterans. They’re going to learn along the way. They’re going to take some lumps periodically but I’ve been extremely pleased with the way our guys go about their business and the development of DeScalfani, Lorenzen has thrown the ball extremely well. Now we’re going to see Josh. We’re going to see Iglesias when he gets back as well. In a lot of ways, it’s fun because it is what I anticipate we’ll be seeing here in the future as far as our starting rotation goes. We’ve got another wave of guys coming that are in Pensacola and Daytona. It won’t be long before we see a lot of these fresh faces here pitching for our club.”

This doesn’t appear to be a one-time spot start for Smith, who was called up when Johnny Cueto was pushed back. A fifth starter was also missing since Jon Moscot was injured in Detroit.

Why was Smith the one chosen for the promotion?

“Josh was pitching as well as anybody,” Price said. “He has an ERA of just over 3.00 for the season. He’s walked only 13 hitters in over 70 innings. He’s earned this opportunity. We had him up for a day or two before and didn’t get him into a game. Now, he’s in our rotation. Until we get 100 percent healthy, I imagine he’ll remain in our rotation.”


Latest great decision .

All-Star update…
At third base, Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals continues to lead with 5,504,534 votes; however, Todd Frazier of the host Cincinnati Reds has moved into second place with 4,308,446 votes after trailing Carpenter by more than 2.5 million votes last week. Carpenter, who is vying for his third consecutive All-Star selection and his first fan-elected start, would become just the third different Cardinals third baseman to earn a starting assignment, joining Joe Torre (1971-72) and Scott Rolen (2003-05). The 29-year-old Carpenter ranks second in the NL with 26 multi-hit games, is tied for third with 20 doubles, tied for sixth with 37 walks, is seventh with a .389 on-base percentage and is tied for seventh with 43 runs scored. Frazier, an All-Star in 2014, is bidding for his first career fan election. He would join Hall of Famer Tony Perez (1970), Pete Rose (1976, 1978) and Chris Sabo (1990-91) as the only Reds third basemen to earn a fan election. Frazier is batting .292 on the season with 23 home runs, 20 doubles, 48 RBIs and 50 runs scored to go along with a .636 slugging percentage. The 29-year-old New Jersey native is the only player in the Majors with at least 20 home runs and 20 doubles.

Frazier won’t make it; upset Carpenter, but he should be named to the team as lst alternate due to his incredible numbers. Since Price has been named to be one of the coaches in the all-star game, I would assume his presence would ensure that Frazier is named/selected by the manager.

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Royals Showing Interest In Cueto, Leake, Zobrist

By Steve Adams [June 23, 2015 at 4:56pm CDT]

The Royals are casting a wide net in their search for upgrades on the trade market and have shown signs of interest in Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake and Ben Zobrist, reports Jon Morosi of FOX Sports (via Twitter).

The Reds have, in fact, received inquiries from multiple clubs on Cueto, Leake and Aroldis Chapman, Morosi continues, but Cincinnati is still reluctant to engage in serious trade discussions despite sitting 12.5 games back in the NL Central. Likewise, Morosi’s colleague, Ken Rosenthal, hears that the A’s are in no rush to move Zobrist, as the team is still trying to get back into the race (Twitter link). Rosenthal adds that it’s not entirely clear if the Royals have inquired on Zobrist specifically, but they’ve discussed upgrading at second base, making Zobrist a logical target.

Many pundits feel that while a sale of veteran pieces is only a matter of time for the Reds, they’ll wait until after hosting next month’s All-Star Game before doing so. It would, after all, be a bitter pill to swallow for Cincinnati natives to watch Cueto and Chapman pitch in the All-Star Game while wearing another club’s jersey.

On last week’s MLBTR Podcast, Jeff Todd and I discussed the Reds’ trade possibilities at length. I posited that given the sheer volume of appealing pieces the team could trade, it’s possible that Cincinnati could enjoy a Braves-esque turnaround by willingly listening to offers on not only Cueto, Chapman and Leake, but also Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier.

Not Frazier…that would absurd. If Frazier goes, then sell off the whole team.
Unbelievable…He’s young, under contract and not a FA until 2018…the Reds
would be absurd to trade him; regardless of what we could get in trade. Let’s
stay focused and trade the other guys before even thinking about Frazier.

Agree it would be absurd.

Just can’t send off ‘talent’ unless you get ‘talent’ back. His projected numbers continue to climb…28 HR/87 RBI…that is, until he has another patented ‘Bruce breakout’ game. The numbers could start to stretch considerably in the same direction they have over the last couple of weeks. Probably the toughest choice of all choices, imo. His salary is reasonable for the next couple of years, especially based on this past, present and potential future. Trade others, he’s still got worth and the team still has time. Way too much talent, imo…as does Frazier.

Only walked 13 batters in 70 innings….then walks 6 batters in 3 innings. It’s up to the organization to determine when/if these guys are ready. Great call on this one guys, WOW! I don’t care about nerves, I don’t care it was his first start. When you walk 6 batters in 3 innings, you’re flat out NOT READY!

Bruce is getting HOT at a very good time for us right now. He may be the best OF available on trade day. He’s a be a great player and teammate for this city, but if they can get something good for him….I’d do it. He’s just way to streaky, and that’s definitely proven by now.

Very productive, sans last season, but, as you point out, very, very streaky…
both when hot and cold. I think I would entertain trade possibilities, but they would
have to be stellar. After all, R and RBI is what wins ball games and he has
shown an ability to achieve those. Secondly, he is an above average RF with
the leather and is capable of providing some big moments for us; especially
only being 28. Here’s a look at his current contract:
2016 29 Cincinnati Reds $12,500,000
2017 30 Cincinnati Reds *$13,000,000 $13M Team Option, $1M Buyout
Earliest Free Agent: 2017
Maybe another player that would be appreciated in the AL.

I forgot to mention…the guys got a gun, and on base opposition know it and respect it by not going 2nd to 3rd on several occasions.

Reds need John Hart type of courage they would be better as soon as Jocketty was gone—-Castliini should be still in the stlouis situation.

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