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