The biggest news from yesterday was that the Arizona Fall League rosters were announced. Here are the players that the Reds will be sending:
- Drew Hayes – RHP
- Curtis Partch – RHP
- Didi Gregorius – SS
- Billy Hamilton – SS
- Donald Lutz – 1B
The official roster also notes that the Reds have two pitchers TBA, so there will be some additions from our guys still. The big news from all of that though is that while Hamilton is listed with the infielders on the roster, he is also listed an an outfielder where he is expected to get some playing time. Didi Gregorius is the only guy listed so far that I didn’t have in my group of potential guys on Monday. He has played the last few years in the Australian Baseball League during the winter, so this will be a step up for him. Donald Lutz in the thin desert air sounds like it could be really fun to watch. Drew Hayes and Curtis Partch both have good arms that will be taking a nice step forward in competition as they head out to Arizona. It will be interesting to see how each guy performs against more top end prospects than the usual AA game can offer.
Last night I was in Dayton for the first 6 innings of the game before heading back home. My main goal was to check out Ismael Guillon and he didn’t disappoint as he allowed 2 runs in 6 innings with 2 walks and 8 strikeouts. While I will have more on him, hopefully next week, he was throwing in the 88-90 range, while dipping to 87 and reaching 93. He showed off a slow breaking ball in the 67-71 MPH range and a change up in the 82-84 MPH range. Mechanically, he looks much better than the only other time I have had a chance to actually see him pitch. Due to his original contract he signed being voided and him resigning with the club, he is eligible for the the Rule 5 draft this year and I think that after watching him last night, that it would be a mistake for the Reds to leave him unprotected. He is the kind of arm that a team would take a chance on and try to stash as their long man.
That is it for today from me.