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
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
On Saturday, June 25, 2011, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards with an Attendance of 38,976 people Joey Votto went on to hit 3 for 4 with 2 home runs, 5 RBIs, 3 runs and one walk to help the Reds win 10 to 5 against the Orioles.
Cincinnati Reds @ Baltimore Orioles 10 5 (40-38) (34-40)
Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS Pit Str Chris Heisey LF 5 1 1 0 0 3 .268 .807 23 15 Brandon Phillips 2B 5 2 3 1 0 1 .288 .735 18 14 Joey Votto 1B 4 3 3 5 1 0 .320 .951 27 16 Scott Rolen 3B 5 1 2 2 0 0 .266 .737 20 11 Jay Bruce RF 5 0 0 0 0 3 .274 .853 16 12 Jonny Gomes DH 3 1 1 1 2 1 .225 .784 21 10 Drew Stubbs CF 5 1 2 1 0 1 .255 .733 10 8 Edgar Renteria SS 2 1 1 0 2 0 .227 .566 19 6 Paul Janish SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 .232 .535 4 2 Ryan Hanigan C 4 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .654 7 6 Team Totals 39 10 13 10 5 9 .333 1.178 165 100
2B: Heisey (5, Matusz), Phillips, B (17, Matusz).
HR: Gomes, J (10, 2nd inning off Matusz, 0 on, 1 out), Votto 2 (11, 3rd inning off Matusz, 2 on, 0 out; 5th inning off Matusz, 1 on, 0 out), Rolen (4, 7th inning off Bergesen, 1 on, 1 out), Stubbs (11, 8th inning off Bergesen, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Heisey 2; Phillips, B 4; Votto 9; Rolen 5; Gomes, J 4; Stubbs 5; Renteria.
RBI: Gomes, J (29), Votto 5 (49), Rolen 2 (32), Stubbs (32), Phillips, B (40).
2-out RBI: Phillips, B.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Votto; Janish.
Team RISP: 4-for-9.
Team LOB: 7.
CS: Stubbs (3, 3rd base by Matusz/Wieters).
In the top of the 1st inning with two out Joey Votto hits a 88 MPH fastball from LHP Brian Matusz into center field.
Top of the 3rd inning with Heisey on second and Phillips on first, Votto hits an 8 pitch 3-2 count 73 MPH slider from Matusz for a home run to right center field for his first home run in the game.
Top of the 5th inning starts with Brandon Phillips hitting a line drive double then has Votto hit a 4 pitch 2-1 count 85 MPH 4-seam fastball from Matusz to right center field for home run number 2 in the game. (Just short of the same spot in the 3rd inning.)
In the top of the 7th, Joey Votto takes a 9 pitch walk from RHP Brad Bergesen to get on base for Scott Rolen, who hits a 3 pitch 1-1 count 90 MPH 4-seam fastball to left field for a home run.
Top of the 8th inning Joey Votto grounds out softly to pitcher, LHP Mike Gonzalez. (2-2 count)
After signing Ryan Ludwick and avoiding arbitration with Homer Bailey, Paul Janish and Bill Bray the question that comes to many Cincinnati Reds minds now is; are the Reds done making moves this offseason? I would love to see them get another solid hitting infielder but after reading what Homer Bailey got for one year I am not sure if they have any more money to do it. Even if they don’t make any more moves this offseason, fans have to walk away very happy with what the Reds got. They needed a top of the rotation starter and they got it with Mat Latos. They needed bullpen help and got it with Sean Marshall. They then set their sights on a closer and got a great bargain with signing Ryan Madson. Walt Jocketty then went after a right-handed LF bat and got it with Ryan Ludwick.
No matter what some fans might think about their chances this season you can not deny the team is better now then they were last offseason and their chances to take first in National League Central should be a lot better.
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.)
I was thinking about doing a Best of 2011 post but then saw that everyone beat me to it. Instead of looking at the past I think it is best to forget about 2011 and think about what the Reds will do in 2012.
So instead of looking back and listening to “Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer than They Are” we will turn up “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” and get ready for one heck of a 2012 season.
Joey Votto should have another great season both at the plate and with the glove. Brandon Phillips will play the best he has ever played in order to prove he is worth an extension and Zack Cozart will show everyone he deserves to be on the roster. Scott Rolen will be injury free and helping the team become champions. Chris Heisey, Todd Frazier, Miguel Cairo, Paul Janish and Juan Francisco will get in some good playing time in 2012. Drew Stubbs will hit the ball on the ground and leg out some base hits then steal his way into scoring position. Jay Bruce will keep hitting well and getting a lot more RBIs. Ryan Hanigan will go on to become a great on base percentage threat in 2012 along with sharing some time with Devin Mesoraco who might have a rough start but should go on to become a great catcher for many years to come.
As for pitching I am very excited to see how well the starting rotation will take shape after spring training. Will Mat Latos become the next pitcher to throw a no-hitter in a Reds jersey? Will Johnny Cueto lock in the #1 spot after spring training and show everyone he is ready for the job? Can Bronson Arroyo bounce back and become the solid inning eating pitcher we all remember so well? Homer Bailey, Aroldis Chapman and Sam LeCure will have fun fighting for the last rotation spot during spring training. Mike Leake will become even more deadly in 2012 proving his is capable of becoming a solid top of the rotation starter also.
There are still a lot of question marks when it comes to the Reds roster as we head closer and closer to spring training but Walt Jocketty is getting the job done and I am very happy with the progress so far. Sean Marshall and Mat Latos are great players to have on the team and should help out a lot in 2012. I seriously did not ever expect Walt to get deals like this done this offseason. It was a gutsy call and I am looking forward to watching it pay off.
I found a great pie chart of the Cincinnati Reds Payroll and thought I would share the link on here so everyone can see where the money will be going. I will also add what I found on baseball-reference.com
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Bronson Arroyo 12M 11.5M FA Jay Bruce 5M 7.5M 10M 12M 12.5M 1M [FA-*] Francisco Cordero FA Brandon Phillips 12M FA Joey Votto 9.5M 17M FA Johnny Cueto 5.4M 7.4M 10M 800k [FA-*] Aroldis Chapman 2M 2M 3M 0 [Arb-*] Arb FA Scott Rolen 6.5M FA Ryan Hanigan 1.2M 2.05M Arb FA Ramon Hernandez signed Arb FA Nick Masset Arb-3 Arb-4 FA Edgar Renteria FA Miguel Cairo 1M FA Edinson Volquez Arb-2 Arb-3 FA Fred Lewis Arb-2 Arb-3 FA Jared Burton Arb-3 Arb-4 FA Bill Bray Arb-2 Arb-3 FA Jose Arredondo Arb-1 Arb-2 Arb-3 Arb-4 FA Drew Stubbs Pre-Arb-3 Arb-1 Arb-2 Arb-3 FA Homer Bailey Arb-1 Arb-2 Arb-3 FA Paul Janish Arb-1 Arb-2 Arb-3 FA Mike Leake Pre-Arb-3 Arb-1 Arb-2 Arb-3 FA Travis Wood Pre-Arb-2 Pre-Arb-3 Arb-1 Arb-2 Arb-3 FA Chris Heisey Pre-Arb-2 Arb-1 Arb-2 Arb-3 Arb-4 FA Logan Ondrusek Pre-Arb-2 Pre-Arb-3 Arb-1 Arb-2 Arb-3 FA Jordan Smith Pre-Arb Pre-Arb-2 Arb-1 Arb-2 Arb-3 Arb-4 Matt Maloney Pre-Arb-2 Pre-Arb-3 Arb-1 Arb-2 Arb-3 FA Juan Francisco Pre-Arb Pre-Arb-2 Arb-1 Arb-2 Arb-3 Arb-4 Sam LeCure Pre-Arb-2 Pre-Arb-3 Arb-1 Arb-2 Arb-3 FA