I have seen a few blogs already start an off-season check list for the Cincinnati Reds so I thought I would join the fun and list what I think the Reds should do this off-season.
1. Sign a rough and tough manager who does not want to be buddies with the players. Pitching Coach Bryan Price would be great but I am not sure he is going to be mean enough right now and the Reds need a guy that will stir up the hen-house!
2. Trade Johnny Cueto. After seeing the way he handles playoffs and after him being injured the whole season maybe it is time to see what you can get for him.
3. Make Ryan Ludwick a bench player. This off-season the Reds should be looking to get a better solution at LF. If they are going to keep Todd Frazier at 3B they will need more pop coming out of the LF spot. A Right handed bat that will go in between Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. Moving Ludwick to the bench would then move Chris Heisey out!!!!! He should have been in the deal with Drew Stubbs to tell you the truth.
6. Let him steal! Get Billy Hamilton in CF and let him play a whole season as the lead off hitter.
7. Sign cheap catcher depth. I have a feeling the Reds are going to be needing more catcher depth if they want to continue making the playoffs. Devin Mesoraco and Ryan Hanigan got beat up this season. Don’t get me wrong, I love Corky Miller, but having a few more pro ready catchers could really help this team next season.
8. **** Fire Walt Jocketty! If at any time Walt says, “I don’t want to make a move just to make a move.” this off-season I think the owners should say, “You’re FIRED!” and get someone who will make moves to better the team. As far as I know, the Reds are in it to win it! So that means, getting players that will WIN IT!!!!
Cincinnati Reds won today against San Diego Padres (4-1) at PetCo Park in a much-needed win for the Reds. Homer Bailey was pitching great and went 8.1 innings allowing 6 hits, 1 run getting 7 strike outs. He has really become a great pitcher to watch now. Aroldis Chapman pitched 0.2 innings to get his 25th save.
Derrick Robinson went 1 for 4 with 1 run, 1 walk and 1 strike out. He layed down a few very nice bunts in this game and so did Zack Cozart who went 2 for 4 with 1 run and 1 strike out. Cozart batted 7th in the batting order while Robinson batted number 1 again. Chris Heisey went 2 for 5 with 1 run and 1 RBI. Joey Votto went 1 for 4 with 2 RBI while Brandon Phillips went 3 for 5 with a home run. Jay Bruce went 1 for 4 and Todd Frazier continues to slump by going 0 for 4 with 2 strike outs. Corky Miller went 1 for 3 and is always a great player to watch play behind the plate. I still think he will be the manager of the Reds one day. Or should I say, I hope he is the manager of the Reds one day? Either way I really would like to see him manage at the pro level later in his life.
Todd Frazier has not got a hit since July 25 when he went 2 for 4 against Los Angeles Dodgers. He went 0 for 4 with 2 SO July 31. 0 for 4 vs. Padres on July 30. 0 for 3 on July 29 vs. Padres. O for 3 vs. Dodgers on July 28. 0 for 3, July 27 and O for 3 on July 26 vs. the Dodgers. So he went 2 for 24 against Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres in 7 games. Vs. San Francisco Giants the series before he went 8 for 17 with 6 RBI. He is due to come out of the slump and starting hitting again.
Here is a list of players on the Reds farm teams that I have my eye on right now:
Paul Janish [Bats]
Corky Miller [Bats]
Kanekoa Texeira [Bats]
Mike Costanzo [Blue Wahoos]
Joel Guzman [Blue Wahoos]
Brodie Greene [Blue Wahoos]
Brian Peacock [Blue Wahoos]
Cody Puckett [Blue Wahoos]
Henry Rodriguez [Blue Wahoos]
Pedro Villarreal [Blue Wahoos]
Justin Freeman [Blue Wahoos]
Donnie Joseph [Blue Wahoos]
Billy Hamilton [Blaze]
Devin Lohman [Blaze]
David Vidal [Blaze]
Kyle Lotzkar [Blaze]
Tony Cingrani [Blaze]
Yovan Gonzalez [Dragons]
Juan Silva [Dragons]
Daniel Jensen [Dragons]
Radhames Quezada [Dragons]
Tanner Robles [Dragons]
You can watch these players and others by going to baseball-reference.com
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.
Dioner Navarro signed with Cincinnati Reds and has been invited to spring training. This move adds more depth to catching for the Reds and should not be seen as a problem for starting catchers Ryan Hanigan, Devin Mesoraco and other catcher invites Corky Miller, Brian Esposito and Tucker Barnhart. It really gives more options to the Reds at that very important position and should help the team out during spring training. [Source – Mark Sheldon] and [Source – Tom Groeschen]
In 2011 Navarro had some interesting at-bat results for Los Angeles Dodgers. 21.57% groundout, 18.14% flyout, 17.16% strikeout, 10.78% single and 7.84% walk with 2.45% home runs. He had a lot of troubles with Sliders and Curveballs which both were 70.6% strikes with over 55% swung at and 10 to 14% whiffs. In 202 plate appearances for the Dodgers, Navarro had a .193 BA, .276 OBP and a .324 SLG with 35 strike outs and 20 walks. [at-bat stats – pitch f/x]
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.
Other related posts: ‘Oh Mo!’ – LeCure better look out, More Minor League Transactions: #Reds, Cincinnati Reds Spring Training non-roster invitees.
RHP Nick Christiani, RHP Daniel Corcino, LHP Donnie Joseph, C Tucker Barnhart, RHP Sean Gallagher, LHP Jeremy Horst, RHP Chad Reineke, LHP Clayton Tanner, RHP Kanekoa Texeira, C Brian Esposito, C Corky Miller and OF Daryl Jones will be the Cincinnati Reds 2012 non-roster invitees. [Source] and also here [Source]
Cincinnati Reds non-roster invitees Minor League stats 2011
Name Level Age W L IP ERA WHIP Nick Christiani AA/AAA 23 4 3 61.1 3.82 1.34 Daniel Corcino A 20 11 7 139.1 3.42 1.16 Donnie Joseph AA 23 1 3 58.1 6.94 1.66 Sean Gallagher AAA 25 5 12 132.0 5.11 1.49 Jeremy Horst AAA 25 1 4 51.1 2.81 1.07 Chad Reineke AAA 29 9 7 126.2 3.84 1.44 Clayton Tanner AA/AAA 23 6 10 122.2 4.18 1.29 Kanekoa Texeira (*) 25 0 3 30.2 8.80 2.25 (*) - Rk/AA/AAA
Name Level Age PA BA OBP SLG Tucker Barnhart A 20 372 .273 .344 .387 Brian Esposito AA/AAA 32 168 .197 .227 .255 Corky Miller AAA 35 182 .200 .348 .303 Daryl Jones AA/AAA 24 308 .260 .360 .400
All stats are from baseball-reference.com/minors/