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.”
The Reds sent out three more players Friday afternoon…
OF/1B Kyle Waldrop and RHPs Keyvius Sampson and Matt Magill were optioned to Triple-A Louisville.
Waldrop, a lefty hitter, looked impressive at the plate this spring as he batted .273 with one homer and five RBIs in his 12 games. The organization’s Minor League hitter of the year in 2014, he could be intriguing call-up down the road this season should there be a need.
Sampson looked decent as he had a 2.25 ERA with six hits, one walk and four strikeouts over eight innings in four games.
Magill, who came over the Chris Heisey trade with the Dodgers, had two scoreless innings in two appearances.
There are now 42 players remaining in camp.
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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.