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
Cincinnati Reds are not done shopping this offseason. Walt Jocketty has told reporters that he is looking to trade for a SS / INF and they are looking into trying to get LHP Jeff Francis to add some more depth. [Source – Mark Sheldon]
I read that the Reds are looking to maybe getting Francis signed to a minor league deal which in my mind would be great, but there are a few other teams looking into trying to sign him so I am not sure if a deal will get done. Jeff Francis would be better off coming back to the National League though since he did not have to good of a season for Kansas City Royals in 2011. There are some people who think Francis would not be a good option because of Great American Ball Park but if they do sign him to a minor league deal I really don’t see it as being a big issue since it will give the team more options. It would be another low risk high returns kind of deal which has been paying off for Walt Jocketty this offseason so far.
There have been a few people interested in the SS / INF trade talk and I have to be very honest, I am just as stumped as you are to who they will go after and who they will give up to get a backup utility infielder. I have some guesses but so far I have been way off when trying to guess what Walt will do. I thought maybe Carlos Fisher or Jose Arredondo would be traded for what they need but like I said before, I have not been too good at guessing this offseason.
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
Out Of Options: “The following players on the Reds’ 40-man roster do not have options: RHP Jose Arredondo, RHP Bronson Arroyo, RHP Homer Bailey, LHP Bill Bray, IF Miguel Cairo, RHP Carlos Fisher, IF Juan Francisco, RHP Nick Masset and 2B Brandon Phillips.” [Source]
That makes 9 players out of 38 on the 40-man roster. Jose Arredondo, Homer Bailey, Carlos Fisher and Juan Francisco are the ones that concern me the most. Will they be able to step up their game and play to their potential the whole season? And stay healthy at the same time. I am looking forward to watching Juan Francisco play in 2012 and I really hope these three pitchers can stay off the DL and play great for the Reds.
Another question that comes to mind right now is; will these three pitchers be included in another trade before spring training? The Reds are still looking for an outfielder and a SS/INF and most people think they will look at free agents for that help. I still think Walt Jocketty will make another trade and these three pitchers might be a part of it. There have been some rumors about Homer Bailey being traded already but only by fans, I am not sure if reporters have asked Walt Jocketty if he would trade away these three pitchers this offseason.
I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year! I hope 2012 brings everyone nothing but great health and happiness and of course another World Series Championship to the Cincinnati Reds.
Cincinnati Reds roster as of the end of 2011:
Jose Arredondo, Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey, Bill Bray, Aroldis Chapman, Johnny Cueto, Carlos Fisher, Josh Judy, Mat Latos, Mike Leake, Sam LeCure, Kyle Lotzkar, Sean Marshall, Nick Masset, Logan Ondrusek, Jordan Smith, Pedro Villarreal, Ryan Hanigan, Devin Mesoraco, Miguel Cairo, Zack Cozart, Juan Francisco, Todd Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Paul Janish, Donald Lutz, Kristopher Negron, Brandon Phillips, Henry Rodriguez, Scott Rolen, Neftali Soto, Chris Valaika, Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Chris Heisey, Denis Phipps, Drew Stubbs.
Scott Carroll, Nick Christiani, Tom Cochran, Jerry Gil, Brandon Hynick, Joseph Krebs, Chad Reineke, Clayton Tanner, Daryl Thompson, Travis Webb, Corky Miller, James Skelton, Jose Castro, Mike Costanzo, Daniel Dorn, Quintin Berry, David Cook, Michael Griffin, Felix Perez.
Tim Crabbe, Matt Fairel, Scott Gaffney, Tyree Hayes, Daniel Jensen, Christopher Manno, Ruben Medina, Daniel Renken, Doug Salinas, Mark Serrano, Clayton Shunick, J.C. Sulbaran, Mace Thurman, Jamie Walczak, Chase Ware, Julio Morillo, Jordan Wideman, Phillip Bauer, Alex Buchholz, Jorge Jimenez, Devin Lohman, Carlos Mendez, Chris Richburg, Stephen Hunt, Andrew Means, Welinton Ramirez, Dayne Read.
Mitch Clarke, Daniel Corcino, Pat Doyle, Stalin Gerson, Drew Hayes, Blaine Howell, Jacob Johnson, Luca Panerati, Brian Pearl, Tanner Robles, Chad Rogers, Josh Smith, Daniel Wolford, Tucker Barnhart, Chris Berset, Dominic D’Anna, Brandon Dailey, Billy Hamilton, Frank Pfister, David Vidal, Theo Bowe, Juan Duran, Josh Garton, Jaren Matthews, Brennan May, Kurtis Muller, Drew Poulk, Yorman Rodriguez, Jefry Sierra.
James Allen, Jason Braun, Tony Cingrani, Carlos Contreras, Nick Fleece, Aguido Gonzalez, Carlos Gonzalez, Cole Green, Ismael Guillon, Christopher Joyce, Ryan Kemp, Matt Leonard, Porfirio Martinez, Kyle McMyne, Erik Miller, James Moran, Wes Mugarian, El’Hajj Muhammad, Brooks Pinckard, Radhames Quezada, Patrick Quinn, Yovan Gonzalez, Danny Vicioso, Junior Arias, Sean Buckley, Sammy Diaz, Robert Maddox, Nick O’Shea, Juan Perez, Cristobal Rodriguez, Ryan Wright, Spencer Dickinson, Jon Matthews, Steven Selsky, Juan Silva, Bryson Smith, Kyle Waldrop,
(These rosters were taken off of the Reds affiliates web page and might be wrong now. Some of the links might not go to the right players. Please let me know if you find any that do not go to the right players and I will fix it.)
Steve Engbloom from Blog Red Machine has posted some very interesting posts lately regarding Cincinnati Reds starting pitchers in 2012. So far he has talked about Bronson Arroyo, Mat Latos and Johnny Cueto. If you have time, I highly recommend you read them.
The posts were brought on by predictions made by Bill James on FanGraphs. He predicted how the Reds pitchers will do in 2012. Predictions that are a little scary to look at. I thought I would share them and see what everyone else thought. [Source] More information on Bill James predictions.
If these predictions are close that would mean the team would roughly be a .500 ball club in 2012. Of course these predictions were made before Sean Marshall and Mat Latos joined the team but since the Reds have not really touched their position players except losing Ramon Hernandez and Edgar Renteria it makes me wonder if the two new pitchers will make much of a difference. A lot of people think that Mat Latos and Sean Marshall will make a huge difference to the team, while others think the Reds still need a lot more in order to make the playoffs.
Here are my 2012 predictions: (Remember now, I am no Bill James. I am just a crazy fan who loves the Reds!)
I thought it would be nice to compare Carlos Beltran vs. Cincinnati Reds pitching. Johnny Cueto and Mat Latos might have the most problems against him in 2012 if he stays healthy. Even with seeing some of these numbers I am still happy it is him instead of Albert Pujols.
Carlos Beltran vs. Cincinnati Reds pitching.
AB H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Bronson Arroyo 18 5 1 4 2 5 .278 .350 .667 1.017 Francisco Cordero 12 3 1 4 1 4 .250 .308 .500 .808 Johnny Cueto 11 4 1 4 1 2 .364 .417 .727 1.144 Mike Leake 6 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 Bill Bray 4 1 0 2 0 2 .250 .200 .500 .700 Jose Arredondo 2 1 0 1 1 1 .500 .667 .500 1.167 Jared Burton 3 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 Nick Masset 1 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .500 .000 .500 Aroldis Chapman 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 Sam LeCure 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 Total 97 27 4 22 11 22 .278 .355 .474 .829
Carlos Beltran vs. Mat Latos
AB H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Mat Latos 2 2 2 2 1 0 1.000 1.000 4.000 5.000
Carlos Beltran vs. Sean Marshall
AB H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Sean Marshall 9 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
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.
When it came to Reds pitching in 2011 there were a lot of hits and misses. I wanted to see how well the pitchers did with their fastball. Now many will say that stats will never help a person determine who’s fastball is the best but FanGraphs has done a pretty good job to give you a rough idea.
Johnny Cueto had the best fastball with 13.3 wFB and 1.00 wFB/C. Logan Ondrusek had a 5.7 wFB with 1.65 wFB/C. Aroldis Chapman had 5.1 wFB and a 0.69 wFB/C. Bill Bray also did well with his fastball in 2011 with a 4.4 wFB and 1.08 wFB/C. Sam LeCure did pretty good with his fastball to with a 2.5 wFB and 0.33 wFB/C. Mike Leake was the only other pitcher throwing a good fastball in 2011 with 1.7 wFB and 0.19 wFB/C. Jose Arredondo, Jeremy Horst and Carlos Fisher were the only other pitchers with + ranked fastballs for the Reds. (All under 1.0)
Bronson Arroyo had the worst with -24.3 wFB and -1.71 wFB/C while Edinson Volquez came close with a -23.4 wFB and -2.42 wFB/C. Homer Bailey got the third worst fastball with -11.2 wFB and -0.94 wFB/C.
How does wFB and wFB/C work? FanGraph
I would like to give credit to MLBdirt.com with The Worst Pitches of 2011 and The Best Pitches of 2011 for the great information about the best and worst of all Major League Baseball in 2011. These posts inspired me to look further into the Reds pitching.