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.”
Jay Bruce (right calf strain) was a precautionary scratch from the lineup on Friday.
“We’re doing the all’s-good-one-more-day thing,” Reds manager Bryan Price said.
Here is the new Reds lineup vs. LAD:
At some point today, Will Ferrell will appear in the game for both clubs. MLB.com will have stories on the entire day as Ferrell tries to play 10 positions, including DH, for 10 different teams in five games today.
Reds right fielder Jay Bruce has been scratched with strained right calf. Bruce is listed as day to day.
New Reds lineup
De Jesus DH
LHP Paul Maholm
The first round of Reds roster cuts were announced on Tuesday.
optioned to Double-A Pensacola: OF Juan Duran;
optioned to Triple-A Louisville: OF Yorman Rodriguez
Reassigned to the minor league camp: RHP Jonathon Crawford, LHP Ismael Guillon, RHP Nick Howard, RHP Robert Stephenson, RHP Nick Travieso, IF Neftali Soto, OF Ryan LaMarre and OF Jesse Winker.
That leaves 54 players in camp.
The Reds 7-5 win over the Angels came on a walk-off three-run home run in the ninth by Juan Duran. It was a screamer of a line drive that hit the top of the right field wall above the yellow line for the homer. It got out there in a big hurry and it was impressive.
Reds bench coach Jay Bell managed the split-squad game and liked what he’s seen from Duran, an outfield prospect who signed with the club as a 16-year-old in 2008. He feels that he’s matured well over the past year, especially. Duran, by the way, is 6-foot-7 and 231 pounds.
“I’ll tell you what, he is very impressive,” Bell said. “Last year, he was just raw and going through the season last year, he did some really nice things. This spring, he has really impressed. Part of the reason why he’s impressed so much is he’s been opposite and center field quite a bit this spring.”
Raisel Iglesias has pitched three innings over two relief appearances. Iglesias is vying for one of the rotation spots in Reds camp, but may not get any actual starts this spring. That’s in part because of his background as a reliever.
Said manager Bryan Price: “I think with Iglesias’ background as a bullpen guy, pitching out of the bullpen, it’s much more comfortable for me to know he knows how to get ready to come in the middle of a game as opposed to needing that full warm-up, long-toss routine that some of these previous starters have gone through historically.”