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.
I wanted to try out a podcast to start off 2012. I am not sure if I will do a lot of podcasts but if feedback is good it might become a welcome addition to the blog. This first episode is about what I have posted on 2r2d blog. Mat Latos, Sean Marshall and Josh Judy are talked about in this episode.
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!)
After a fun and exciting day yesterday with the trade of Travis Wood, Dave Sappelt and Ronald Torreyes from the Reds for Sean Marshall from Chicago Cubs and the Reds selecting Josh Judy off waivers from Cleveland Indians I have just found out that we might have missed a deal. I am reading that the “Cincinnati Reds signed [catcher] Brian Esposito as a free agent.”
Esposito was drafted in the 5th round of the 2000 amateur draft by Boston Red Sox and has been on six MLB teams, only two of which he actually played in the big leagues. St. Louis Cardinals for one game and Houston Astros for two. (3 AB, 0 hits, 1 SO) He is a minor league catcher who has played 12 seasons. (234 games in AAA and 238 games in AA) He is not much of a hitter (.216 BA in 12 seasons in minors) but his fielding is not to bad with 87 PB, 534 SB, 195 CS, 27% CS% in 655 games. This would mean they would have Corky Miller (35 years old) and Brian Esposito (32 years old) ready to come up if there are any injuries to Reds catchers Ryan Hanigan or Devin Mesoraco. I think having two veteran catchers like this in the farm system is a good move by the Reds.
This move has not been confirmed by Cincinnati Reds on mlb.com but it could be a move to help with the loss of catching prospect Yasmani Grandal to San Diego Padres in the Mat Latos trade. If this is a move that they did make it shows that they are very comfortable with playing Hanigan and Mesoraco in 2012. And it also shows that all of those arm-chair General Managers still wishing for Mesoraco in a trade to their team this offseason will have to wait even longer.
Wow, what a day for Cincinnati Reds. First they finally published the Sean Marshall trade with the names of the two ‘minor leaguers.’ Chicago Cubs traded LHP Sean Marshall to Cincinnati Reds for LHP Travis Wood, OF Dave Sappelt and minor league IF Ronald Torreyes. Many fans were very upset all day about the news and most Cubs fans were sad to see Marshall go because of the type of player he is on and off the field. I am one of those that think this is a good move for both clubs, even if it is division rivals.
Many of us thought the Reds were done for the day after that news but no, they then announced that they claimed right-handed reliever Josh Judy off waivers from the Indians. Many people were not to excited about this move because they don’t know who Josh is, but once they get to see this kid pitch they should start to come around. He has a lot of promise and should work out for the Reds very nicely, either in AAA at the start of the season or in the Reds bullpen after spring training. Either way, it is a very nice move by the Reds to help fill up their 40 man roster again, which dipped down to 36 after the two big trades. I just had the pleasure of meeting @XS_Sports, (Excess Sports) they represent Josh Judy and we are all very excited to see how well Josh does in a Reds jersey.
Walt Jocketty told reporters that they are done until the New Year. Once 2012 is here though, they should get busy on trying to find a closer, they are still trying to re-sign Francisco Cordero and a right-handed power hitting left fielder along with other players for the bench. Of course Walt did not say how he was going to get those players but many think they will look at free agents for it. I think he is going to keep trading for what they need.
I had a blast today reading all of the fans comments about the trade and some of the messages on twitter by some of the Cincinnati Reds insiders were very positive and motivating. Jamie Ramsey said on twitter today;
“I’ve been with the Reds since ’97 and man, we had to put on a happy face during some really really tough years….” [Source]
“….this stuff we’re doing now under Bob C. and Walt is not only exciting, but it’s fun. Very encouraging and puts a pep in our step.” [Source]
Of course some upset fans had to jump on these comments and ruin the mood but it was still a very nice day to be a Reds fan. Walt will never make every fan happy, and he knows that but if this team wins the World Series, I am sure those very upset fans right now will find it in their hearts to forgive him.