More on Mark Riggins

Friday on, I wrote a story about new Reds pitching coach Mark Riggins. A career man on the development side of baseball, Riggins spent the past four seasons as the organization’s Minor League pitching coordinator.

You can read about Riggins here.

Here are some additional quotes…

Riggins on his philosophy:

“The philosophy is pretty much what I’ve gathered over the years – what I’ve seen work and doesn’t work – and you try to make it very simple for the guys. Pitching is not that tough. It is tough, but we make it tougher than it really is sometimes. It’s more of a mental game at the Major League level and Triple-A. It’s the preparation and the mental work and the confidence that these guys have that helps make them successful.”

On the confidence of some pitchers who were roughed up in 2015:

“Everyone is going to struggle. They have to go through that wall. As long as they’re competing, and not giving up, they’ll find a way to make it work. That’s the biggest thing. Make sure when they’re taking their lumps, that they’re competing, making adjustments and not losing confidence. It’s always one pitch away from getting it back again. That spell that they have, you hope it doesn’t last long and if they hit another one, at least they have an avenue to get out of it quicker the next time.”

On his familiarity with the pitchers already here:

“I’ve seen everybody in big league camp and guys that have come through the minor league system. I got to see Finnegan and Lamb when they were traded, Cody Reed also. I got to see Mella and Johnson from San Francisco. I’ve worked with Lorenzen, Moscot and Sampson, Villarreal, Contreras… my familiarity hopefully makes the transition between those guys and myself pretty easy. The guys that have come through the system kind of understand already what I’m all about so that helps out a lot.”


Williams to Jocketty, Riggins to Price…the Reds way.

Scary isn’t it.

Without being vague…there is far too much ‘kumbaya’ in the Reds organization, imo.
Castellini is holding hands with Jocketty. Jocketty has his arms around Williams.
Castellini and Jocketty are high five-ing Price. Price has his arm around Riggin’s shoulder. Far too much hand holding and mentor ship for a team that is attempting to be competitive after two extremely poor seasons of the same covered relationships. Where’s is responsibility key? However, nothing really matters for 2016 as the Reds readily admit to being non-competitive especially if they proceed to “rebuild” by actually trading off Chapman, Phillips, Bruce and maybe even Frazier. However, much of the non-accountable relationships/team attitudes will remain past 2016, and beyond unless this issue changes.

What they’re doing isn’t surprising . This group has and just continues to blow smoke up it’s fans skirt . They lie so much , it’s become second nature . QUIT BUYING IT AND STAY HOME NEXT SEASON.

As I have commented several times before this REDS GM, not Williams, but the one that over sees all so called trades. There will be none made by the REDS. As n the past these are just “false” words. The one supposed tea that wanted Chapman has already got their reliever. Teams that really want to trade don’t wait, they get what they want as soon as possible so the player will not be grabbed by another team. And as others have already commented this is just blowing smoke., just tell the fans what they want to hear, true or not, then make silly excuses why trade (?) wasn’t made. So Reds fans, just remember in the past, this real GM does not do anything to
improve the team. Do not look for any trades by the Reds, just get prepared for a dismal 2016.

Hey Reds Front Office–there’s a way to save some money. Don’t hire hitting coach.
Why hire one as the Reds have no hitters, well maybe two Votto & Phillips? Plus as has been printed Billy Hamilton doesn’t try to do what has been suggested etc….,
so really why hire one?

Charles, you speak the truth . The only thing this organization does well is lie ! It is the laughing stock of all professional sports .

Latest from Mark, re: Frazier, Chapman and more…
CINCINNATI — Now that the heads of the Reds baseball operations department have made it clear that they would listen to trade proposals for any player on their roster, rumors have been spinning various names around like autumn’s ubiquitous leaf blower.

On Monday, ESPN’s Jayson Stark tweeted that a Major League team executive who spoke with the Reds said he was convinced that third baseman Todd Frazier “is legitimately out there” to be traded for — with a big return required.

However, just one day earlier, Buster Olney — also of ESPN — found the opposite scenario. Olney wrote that the Reds are less interested in moving their All-Star.
“They aren’t pushing Frazier at all,” an evaluator with a National League team said in Olney’s report.
Yes indeed, it’s Hot Stove season.
Trading Frazier, who turns 30 in February, would make sense in a variety of ways for Cincinnati. Entering the second year of his two-year contract, he will be eligible for arbitration after 2016 and could be a free agent after the 2017 season. Unless the Reds pull off a turbo-fast rebuild, it would be difficult to expect Frazier to still be around when the club is ready to contend again.
Following a big season where Frazier set career marks with 35 home runs and 89 RBIs, his value is likely high enough to warrant a big return.
On the other hand, Frazier’s $7.5 million salary makes him a relative bargain for the Reds (although another reason they can ask for a lot in return). He’s also one of the club’s biggest marketing draws during down times, especially after he won the 2015 Gillette Home Run Derby on home soil at Great American Ball Park. Not only is he popular with fans, but he’s also become a team leader inside the clubhouse.
Other moves pending, the Reds currently lack a primary third baseman who could replace Frazier. The in-house options would be moving shortstop Eugenio Suarez to the corner spot or a utility player like Ivan De Jesus Jr.
Reds president of baseball operations Walt Jocketty and general manager Dick Williams, who stacked up on young pitching with the summer trades of Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake and Marlon Byrd, are still looking to trim payroll with a younger roster. Jocketty and Williams are seeking Major League-ready talent with zero-to-three years of service time that can be under club control for a longer period.
Based on the current situation, the Reds have a hole in left field and could use help at the leadoff spot — if center fielder Billy Hamilton doesn’t make the desired hitting improvements this winter.
Other rumors have sprouted since the General Managers Meetings last week in Boca Raton, Fla. One said there were talks with the D-backs about sending second baseman Brandon Phillips to Arizona for veteran second baseman Aaron Hill. It seemed unlikely that such a move would happen.
Phillips is owed $27 million over the next two seasons and has full no-trade protection. If the Reds were to get his approval and move the four-time Gold Glove Award winner, it would likely be to enable Suarez to play second base next to shortstop Zack Cozart.

On Thursday, there was a report that four people “insisted” that closer Aroldis Chapman would “be moved by the end of the weekend.”
As of Monday night, Chapman remained with the Reds — albeit a highly available player.
The Reds do not comment on specific trade discussions and rarely discuss openly players on the move. But Williams did tell on Saturday that there was still a strong trade market for Chapman, even after the deal of fellow closer Craig Kimbrel from the Padres to Red Sox for four prospects.
It’s still early in the Hot Stove calendar. Things could accelerate more as the annual Winter Meetings in Nashville approach on Dec. 7.

“Reds president of baseball operations Walt Jocketty and general manager Dick Williams, who stacked up on young pitching with the summer trades of Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake and Marlon Byrd, are still looking to trim payroll with a younger roster.”
Sadly, Williams can’t even catch his own headlines…appears he’s nothing but an
assistant to Jocketty. Also appears that the only thing changed was the titles; certainly not the responsibilities…if that were true, they should stop ‘print’ about Jocketty. In this regard I am not happy with Castellini.

Sad but true, but who didn’t know that is the way it would be . I keep telling everyone that the only thing this organization does well is lie ! How many times are fans going to buy into what they say or do ? Did anyone really get excited when they made the BIG announcement promoting Williams ? If you did , you’re not paying attention to their track record . This organization is a JOKE !!!!!

It’s smoke and mirrors.

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant and Astros shortstop Carlos Correa have been named Rookie of the Year in their respective leagues by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Bryant won the award in unanimous fashion, beating out second-place finisher Matt Duffy of the Giants. Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang, Noah Syndergaard of the Mets and Justin Bour of the Marlins finished third through fifth, with each player garnering multiple points in the voting. The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson and Cardinals’ Stephen Piscotty each received a third-place vote, earning each one point.
The race in the American League was much closer, with Correa narrowly edging out fellow shortstop Francisco Lindor. Correa received 17 first-place votes and 13 second-place votes, whereas Lindor received 13 first-place votes and 14 second-place votes. Trailing the two were young Twins slugger Miguel Sano, Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna, A’s center fielder Billy Burns, Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario and Rangers center fielder Delino DeShields Jr.

There is doubt within the Cardinals organization about whether the team can reach an agreement with outfielder Jason Heyward given Heyward’s asking price. But somehow or some way, St. Louis’ offense needs a boost, whether it’s through the additional platoon depth that Ben Zobrist would provide — at the moment, he’s their primary target — or through other maneuvers.
And the rich keep getting richer…

It’s because the Cardinals have a plan and know what they’re doing . The Reds have neither .

Reds Seek MLB-Ready Talent In Packages For Frazier, Chapman
By Steve Adams | November 16, 2015 at 1:56pm CST

The Reds are known to be entertaining offers on all of their players, and ESPN’s Jayson Stark spoke to an exec with a rival club that is convinced third baseman Todd Frazier is “legitimately out there” as a trade piece, albeit only for a significant return (links to Twitter). According to Stark, the Reds are prioritizing young talent that is Major-League-ready in trades for either Frazier or closer Aroldis Chapman. ESPN’s Buster Olney wrote yesterday (Insider subscription required) that he spoke to an NL evaluator and was told that the Reds “aren’t pushing Frazier at all,” so it doesn’t sound like the Reds feel any urgency to move him (not that one would expect an aggressive push to move a player of Frazier’s caliber at this point in the year with multiple seasons of club control remaining).

Stark doesn’t list a preference between position players or hitters — perhaps because Cincinnati doesn’t truly have one; talent is talent — but most of the Reds’ top prospects are on the pitching side of the equation. Outside of top organizational prospect Jesse Winker, the team’s best hitting prospects are mostly in the lower levels of the minor leagues. For a team that is open to dealing its third baseman, second baseman (Brandon Phillips) and right fielder (Jay Bruce), that leaves plenty of openings around the diamond — especially considering Billy Hamilton‘s underwhelming bat to this point in his career. (That’s not to suggest that Cincinnati has given up on Hamilton, but rather that he’ll need to hit more than he has at some point.)

The price to acquire Frazier will — and should — be steep. The reigning Home Run Derby champ is set to turn 30 years old in February and is coming off a pair of seasons in which he has combined to bat .262/.322/.479 with 64 homers and well-above-average defense at third base. Frazier is also affordable, as his 2016 salary is locked in at $7.5MM by virtue of a two-year deal signed prior to the 2015 season. He’ll be arbitration eligible once again next offseason and is a free agent after the 2017 season.

The primary red flags with Frazier will be his woeful 2015 second half and his production (or lack thereof) away from the hitter-friendly confines of Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park. Frazier was hitting .284/.337/.585 with 25 homers prior to the 2015 All-Star Game, but he batted just .224/.270/.390 with 10 homers in 72 second-half games. Checking out his home/road splits, Frazier has batted .281/.341/.537 at home over the past two seasons compared to .247/.304/.421 on the road. Many players tend to hit better at home regardless of park factor, but the notable discrepancy between Frazier’s home and road production figures to at least be some cause for concern for teams that play in pitcher-friendly environments.

Regardless of home/road splits, Frazier is capable, at worst, of producing league-average offense (he has a wRC+ of 99 on the road) with an above-average bat at third base. Two years of that skill set alone would have some value, but considering that’s more or less the floor on Frazier, while the ceiling is that of a legitimate superstar, multiple big-league-ready assets will probably need to be in play for Cincinnati to seriously consider parting with him.

Chapman is projected to earn $12.9MM in 2016 by MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz. That will be Chapman’s final year of club control before free agency, so with one year of control at top-of-the-market money, he comes with less trade value than Frazier. Nevertheless, it’s easy enough to envision a team being willing to part with an MLB-ready asset and another lower-level piece or two in order to secure a season of Chapman’s 100mph+ dominance.

Teams that could conceivably look for help at third base include the White Sox, Angels, Astros, Padres and possibly the Tigers, to name a few. There’s always a wide swath of teams seeking bullpen help — particularly when the reliever in question ranks among the game’s two or three best arms — and Chapman has recently been connected to the Yankees, Astros, Diamondbacks, Tigers and Red Sox (though Boston’s trade for Craig Kimbrel would certainly seem to take them out of the Chapman market).

The Reds promoted Steve Baumann from assistant trainer to head athletic trainer on Tuesday.

Baumann, a Cincinnati native, is a homegrown product of sorts that joined the organization full-time in 1999 following his graduation from the University of Cincinnati. He worked his way up with stops at affiliates in Rookie-level Billings (2000-02), Double-A Chattanooga (’03) and Triple-A Louisville (’04) before he joined the Reds as assistant trainer before the ’05 season.
The promotion came after former head trainer Paul Lessard accepted the same position with the Nationals, a move that was also formally announced on Tuesday. Lessard had already accepted the job before former Reds manager Dusty Baker became Washington’s skipper earlier this month.
Assistant trainer Tomas Vera will return, as will strength and conditioning coordinator Sean Marohn. Vera has been on the big league medical staff for six seasons and has also served as a Spanish-language translator for players such as Johnny Cueto, Aroldis Chapman and Raisel Iglesias. Marohn has been with the big league club for two seasons.
Jimmy Mattocks was promoted from Louisville to replace Baumann as an assistant trainer. Mattocks has spent 10 years in the organization, including the past five as Louisville’s head athletic trainer.

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