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New Cincinnati Reds players for 2012


I had fun last night chatting with a friend of mine who does not follow the Cincinnati Reds. She kept asking me what the big deal was this offseason. Of course to many that do not follow Reds news like I do, they don’t know about all of the moves that the Reds and General Manager Walt Jocketty have made this offseason. To Reds fans though, (especially those going to see the 2012 Reds Caravan right now) know exactly what transactions have been made and are very excited about the team and although not all of us see the Reds winning National League Central, everyone must admit, the team sure looks way better now, then it did at the end of the 2011 season.

There are always going to be those fans that say, I will believe it when I see it. And of course there are the fans that still think the Reds should magically increase their payroll so then they can sign better players, then magically release some players that are not doing well. (I love listening to some of these fans sometimes, it is quite funny.) I, like many other Reds fans, was excited about the 2012 season when Walt Jocketty pulled the trigger and made the first trade for Mat Latos this offseason. That move showed me that this year was not going to be like the others. So, here is a list of all the players that the Reds have traded for, signed or invited to spring training this year.

Players traded to Cincinnati Reds.

                       From Team
Mat Latos                 SDP
Sean Marshall             CHC
Wilson Valdez             PHI

Players signed to Cincinnati Reds.

                       From Team
Corky Miller              CIN
Chad Reineke              CIN
Sean Gallagher            PIT
Luis Atilano              WSN
Kanekoa Texeira           NYY
Brian Esposito            HOU
Andrew Brackman           NYY
Clay Zavada               ARI
Ryan Madson               PHI
Willie Harris             NYM

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/27/2012.

Players invited to Cincinnati Reds Spring Training with Minor League contracts.

Jeff Francis
Tucker Barnhart
Tim Gustafson
Sean Gallagher
Ron Mahay
Rafael Vera
Nick Christiani
Kenekoa Tazeira
Josh Judy
John Holdzkom
Jean Duque
Donnie Joseph
Daryl Jones
Daniel Corcino
Corky Miller
Clayton Tanner
Clay Zavada
Chad Reineke
Brian Esposito
Andrew Brackman
Ryne Reynoso
Joel Guzman

Not sure if this list has everyone that has been invited but it is pretty close so far. Let me know if I am missing anyone.

Reds roster and staff


Here is the 40-Man Roster for the Cincinnati Reds as of today. This of course is not counting Ryan Ludwick who is still not official yet.

        Cincinnati Reds 40-Man Roster
 
 #     Pitchers         B/T  Ht    Wt     DOB 
33 Jose Arredondo       R-R 6'0"  175  Mar 12, 1984 
61 Bronson Arroyo       R-R 6'4"  195  Feb 24, 1977 
34 Homer Bailey         R-R 6'3"  200  May 3, 1986 
   Andrew Brackman      R-R 6'10" 230  Dec 4, 1985 
45 Bill Bray            L-L 6'3"  225  Jun 5, 1983 
54 Aroldis Chapman      L-L 6'4"  195  Feb 28, 1988 
47 Johnny Cueto         R-R 5'10" 220  Feb 15, 1986 
46 Carlos Fisher        R-R 6'4"  225  Feb 22, 1983 
   Josh Judy            R-R 6'4"  200  Feb 9, 1986 
   Mat Latos            R-R 6'6"  225  Dec 9, 1987 
44 Mike Leake           R-R 6'1"  185  Nov 12, 1987 
63 Sam LeCure           R-R 6'1"  205  May 4, 1984 
   Kyle Lotzkar         L-R 6'4"  200  Oct 24, 1989 
   Ryan Madson          L-R 6'6"  200  Aug 28, 1980 
   Sean Marshall        L-L 6'7"  220  Aug 30, 1982 
40 Nick Masset          R-R 6'4"  240  May 17, 1982 
66 Logan Ondrusek       R-R 6'8"  230  Feb 13, 1985 
62 Jordan Smith         R-R 6'4"  220  Feb 4, 1986 
   Pedro Villarreal     R-R 6'1"  215  Dec 9, 1987 

 #     Catchers         B/T Ht     Wt     DOB 
29 Ryan Hanigan         R-R 6'0"  200  Aug 16, 1980 
39 Devin Mesoraco       R-R 6'1"  220  Jun 19, 1988 

 #   Infielders         B/T Ht     Wt     DOB 
43 Miguel Cairo         R-R 6'1"  220  May 4, 1974 
2  Zack Cozart          R-R 6'0"  195  Aug 12, 1985 
25 Juan Francisco       L-R 6'2"  240  Jun 24, 1987 
21 Todd Frazier         R-R 6'3"  220  Feb 12, 1986 
   Didi Gregorius       L-R 6'1"  175  Feb 18, 1990 
7  Paul Janish          R-R 6'2"  200  Oct 12, 1982 
   Donald Lutz          L-R 6'3"  235  Feb 6, 1989 
71 Kristopher Negron    R-R 6'0"  180  Feb 1, 1986 
4  Brandon Phillips     R-R 6'0"  205  Jun 28, 1981 
   Henry Rodriguez      S-R 5'10" 150  Feb 9, 1990 
27 Scott Rolen          R-R 6'4"  245  Apr 4, 1975 
   Neftali Soto         R-R 6'2"  180  Feb 28, 1989 
3  Chris Valaika        R-R 6'0"  210  Aug 14, 1985 
19 Joey Votto           L-R 6'3"  220  Sep 10, 1983 

 #   Outfielders        B/T Ht     Wt      DOB 
32 Jay Bruce            L-L 6'3"  225  Apr 3, 1987 
28 Chris Heisey         R-R 6'0"  225  Dec 14, 1984 
   Denis Phipps         R-R 6'3"  210  Jul 22, 1985 
6  Drew Stubbs          R-R 6'4"  200  Oct 4, 1984 

[Source]


        Cincinnati Reds Coaching Staff 
Manager & Coaches 
 #     Name            Position 
12 Dusty Baker         Manager 
49 Brook Jacoby        Batting Coach 
38 Bryan Price         Pitching Coach 
   Mack Jenkins        Assistant Pitching Coach 
22 Billy Hatcher       First Base Coach 
41 Mark Berry          Third Base Coach 
35 Chris Speier        Bench Coach 
59 Juan Lopez          Bullpen Coach 
72 Mike Stefanski      Bullpen Catcher 

Staff 
      Name             Position 
 Terry Reynolds        Director of Pro Scouting 
 J Harrison            Scout 
 Marty Maier           Scout 
 Jeff Morris           Scout 
 John Morris           Scout 
 Shawn Pender          Scout 
 Steve Roadcap         Scout 
 Mike Squires          Scout 
 Jeff Taylor           Scout 
 Dominic Viola         Scout 
 Jerry Walker          Scout 
 Joe Morgan            Baseball Operations Assistant 
 Paul Lessard          Athletic Trainer 
 Mark Riggins          Minor League Pitching Coordinator 
 Rick Sweet            Coordinator, Catching 

[Source]


     Cincinnati Reds Broadcasters 

     Name 
Marty Brennaman
Thom Brennaman
Chris Welsh 
Jeff Brantley
Jim Kelch
George Grande
Sean Casey
Kent Mercker

[Source]

Do you know these players?


It is time to have some fun and put faces to the names we have been reading about. Cincinnati Reds have a few new faces (and some old) coming to spring training in 2012. For more information about these players, please feel free to click on their pictures. All pictures used are from MiLB.com. If you have seen any of these players play before please leave a comment telling us about them. As most of you already know I am a big Corky Miller fan and I can’t wait to see him at Spring Training.

Tucker Barnhart

Tucker Barnhart

Tim Gustafson

Tim Gustafson

Sean Gallagher

Sean Gallagher

Ron Mahay

Ron Mahay

Rafael Vera

Rafael Vera

Nick Christiani

Nick Christiani

Kanekoa Texeira

Kanekoa Texeira

Josh Judy

Josh Judy

John Holdzkom

John Holdzkom

Jeremy Horst

Jeremy Horst

Jean Duque

Jean Duque

Donnie Joseph

Donnie Joseph

Daryl Jones

Daryl Jones

Daniel Corcino

Daniel Corcino

Corky Miller

Corky Miller

Clayton Tanner

Clayton Tanner

Clay Zavada

Clay Zavada

Chad Reineke

Chad Reineke

Brian Esposito

Brian Esposito

Andrew Brackman

Andrew Brackman


Other related posts: ‘Oh Mo!’ – LeCure better look out, More Minor League Transactions: #Reds, Cincinnati Reds Spring Training non-roster invitees.


2011 Reds pitching SIERA


Today, I wanted to discuss Cincinnati Reds SIERA (Skill-Interactive ERA) numbers for 2011, using the pitchers on the roster now. “The league-average for starting pitchers is a 3.81 SIERA; the league-average for relievers is a 3.40 SIERA.” Zack Greinke had a 2.66 SIERA followed by Cliff Lee 2.72 SIERA and Roy Halladay 2.79 SIERA. Jonathan Papelbon had a 1.58 SIERA in 2011. I got all of the SIERA stats from my updated Reds pitchers list on fangraphs.com.

Cincinnati Reds pitchers SIERA 2011

Name        SIERA
Cueto        3.93
Latos        3.48
Arroyo       4.57
Bailey       3.78
Leake        3.76
Chapman      3.65

Madson       2.63
Marshall     2.20
Masset       3.58
Ondrusek     4.27
Bray         3.45
LeCure       3.01
Arredondo    4.12
Fisher       4.32
Judy         4.62
Brackman     8.69

Of course when trying to determine how good a pitcher really is, it is best to use many different stats in order to better judge each pitcher. SIERA is just one way to judge a pitcher and how well he has done. For more information about SIERA please go and read all the great posts on fangraphs.com

Reds need another Scott Sullivan


I was having some fun today looking at stats of workhorse relief pitchers. To my surprise, I came across a Cincinnati Reds pitcher I remember seeing pitch but never knew he was that hard of a worker, Scott Sullivan.

Scott Sullivan was drafted by Cincinnati Reds in the 2nd round of the 1993 amateur draft. His big league debut was on Saturday, May 6, 1995, at Riverfront Stadium against New York Mets. He faced 7 batters, threw 20 pitches and allowed two hits, one walk and one run. The Reds went on to win that game 13 – 11.

Sullivan pitched for the Reds from 1995 to 2003. In 494 games he pitched in 662.2 innings for the Reds getting a 37-24 record with a 3.91 ERA. Scott went 4 seasons in a row (1998 – 2001) with 100+ innings pitched. 3 of those seasons he pitched in 79 games, (1999 to 2001) In 1998 he played in only 67.

His 10 season career IS% was 31% with 354 IR and 109 IS with 111 holds. He had a 0.59 GB/FB and a 2.8 HR%.

With writing this I came to wonder if some of the pitchers the Reds have just got on the team could fit this role. Could Andrew Brackman turn out to be the next Scott Sullivan? Or how about Josh Judy? Only time will tell and I really hope that these young pitchers the Reds picked up this offseason will turn out to be the next group of “Nasty Boys” for Cincinnati.

Here is a great write-up about Scott Sullivan. If you have time I hope you will go and look at his stats at baseball-reference.com. They are very impressive and I am proud he was a Reds pitcher.

Andrew Brackman signed


It is official, Andrew Brackman has signed with Cincinnati Reds. Here is what I found earlier today. “The Reds today signed Moeller High School graduate RHP Andrew Brackman to a 1-year contract through the 2012 season.” [Source] “The Reds made official Wednesday the signing of RHP Andrew Brackman. It is a one-year Major League contract.” [Source] “We’re going to try to refine his delivery to improve his command and control,” Jocketty said. “If he can do that, he can be successful. We have good pitching coaches that should help him quite a bit.” [Source] Jamie Ramsey also included the Cincinnati Reds Hot Stove Notebook in his Better Off Red post.

Although Andrew Brackman only played in 3 games for New York Yankees in 2011 I thought we would talk about his pitches and how well he did in that short period of time.


Andrew Brackman 2011

Pitches:
Cut Fastball
Curveball
Slider
4-seam Fastball


Andrew Brackman threw his 91.5 MPH cut fastball 35 times in 2011. (63.6%) 65.7% of them were strikes with 51.4% swung on and 8.6% whiff. 20% were foul while 22.9% were in play.

He threw his curveball 10 times (18.2%) which was clocked at 76.4 MPH. 40% were in the strike zone and 30% were swung on. 20% were foul while 10% were in play.

His slider he threw only 7 times (12.7%) and were in the strike zone 57.1% with 57.1% swung on, 28.6% whiff, 14.3% foul and 14.3% in play.

Brackman also threw a 4-seam fastball 3 times (5.5%) which got up to 91.7 MPH. 0% were in the strike zone, swung on, whiffed, fouled or in play.

His at-bat results were a little off but with such a small sample size it is hard to be to judgemental of his ability. 23% flyout, 23% walk, 15.38% field error and 15.38 groundout.


You can find all of this information at Pitch f/x. Where you can even check out the break down for every game he pitched in 2011.


Andrew Brackman 2011 New York Yankees

                                              
Year   Age  Tm W L  ERA G  IP H BB SO BF  WHIP
2011    25 NYY 0 0 0.00 3 2.1 1  3  0 13 1.714

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/4/2012.


Andrew Brackman minor league stats.

                                                                           
Year                      Tm   Lev  W  L  ERA  G GS    IP   H  BB  SO  WHIP
2009              Charleston     A  2 12 5.91 29 19 106.2 106  76 103 1.706
2010                 2 Teams AA-A+ 10 11 3.90 27 26 140.2 144  39 126 1.301
2010                   Tampa    A+  5  4 5.10 12 12  60.0  67   9  56 1.267
2010                 Trenton    AA  5  7 3.01 15 14  80.2  77  30  70 1.326
2011   Scranton/Wilkes-Barre   AAA  3  6 6.00 33 13  96.0  82  75  75 1.635
3 Seasons                          15 29 5.11 89 58 343.1 332 190 304 1.520

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/4/2012.


Other related posts; Six arbitration-eligible players and Andrew Brackman, Walt Jocketty has a gambling addiction and Sean Marshall and Walt Jocketty conference call.

Sean Marshall and Walt Jocketty conference call


Jamie Ramsey from Better Off Red posted the Walt Jocketty and Sean Marshall conference call. You can also see some quotes on Mark Sheldon’s blog Mark My Word in Jocketty, Marshall on trade.

Walt goes on to say that there will be no more moves until after the New Year and that they will be looking into getting an outfielder along with filling up the bench. he also talked a bit about Josh Judy and Andrew Brackman.

Walt Jocketty has a gambling addiction


So far the Cincinnati Reds have signed Corky Miller, Chad Reineke, Sean Gallagher, Luis Atilano and Kanekoa Texeira. There are also rumors that they signed Andrew Brackman. I like the Corky Miller deal the most right now.

Most of these guys will be in AAA or AA in 2012 with one or two maybe getting a call up if the Reds get injured like they did in 2011. They are not huge moves that will break the bank and of course they are not moves that will fill the seats in Great American Ball Park either.

Some people think Walt Jocketty is very close to making a deal that will get the Reds a top of the rotation starter. While others, including myself, think they won’t do anything huge besides what they have already done. Look for more minor league contracts to players I have dubbed, ‘Players to be named later.’

Walt is a gambler! He likes to gamble on players and see if he can find a diamond in the rough. Some times that gamble does work but it does not pay off for long. (Jonny Gomes) If one of these players does shine bright I just hope Jocketty will pull the trigger and get rid of the player for good value before that shine starts to fade quickly.

While it is true, Walt Jocketty likes to gamble on signing young players, he does not like to trade away top prospects for one player and hope that gamble pays off. I really can not see him trading away three or four prospects for a starting pitcher this offseason. I can see him signing three or more starting pitching prospects that have not proven themselves at the major league level yet though. So keep your eyes on guys like Matt Torra, Mike Ballard, Ryan Edell, Dallas Trahern, Brian Baker, Chorye Spoone, Rey Gonzalez, Kyler Newby and Jose Quintana.

Six arbitration-eligible players and Andrew Brackman


The Reds have tendered contracts to shortstop Paul Janish and pitchers Bill Bray, Edinson Volquez, Nick Masset, Homer Bailey and Jose Arredondo, all six are arbitration-eligible players.

Paul Janish might not have the bat that Reds fans would like to see but I really can’t see any other free agents out there that would be able to field as good as him at SS and if Zack Cozart does not work out like expected the Reds will need Janish big time.

Bill Bray and Nick Masset are going to be very important players in 2012 for the Cincinnati Reds with Francisco Cordero leaving to free agency. Homer Bailey should do well as a starter in 2012 if he can stay healthy and Edinson Volquez might become the Reds closer.

The Reds have also signed 26-year-old Andrew Brackman (born in Cincinnati) who played 3 games for New York Yankees in 2011. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 1st round (30th pick) of the 2007 amateur draft. I am not sure if he is ready to be a starter in the big leagues yet but it is a good signing for the Reds. It shows that they are doing something at least.