The Cincinnati Reds sign three players to minor league deals

The latest transactions are listed by Baseball America are out and three of the four Reds signings are ones that haven’t been reported. The fourth was of Chris Nelson, which was covered earlier. The other three signings were of infielder/outfielder Jamodrick McGruder, catcher Bryan Anderson and right handed pitcher Edgar Gonzalez.

Jamodrick McGruder is a 22-year-old 9th round draft pick that was just released by the Seattle Mariners.  He has spent the most time at second base where he has 47 games played. He has spent 40 games in left. Then he has spent 7 games in center and one game at third base. He struggled in his first season hitting .237/.353/.281 in short-season Everett. He did walk 39 times against just 37 strikeouts and added 30 steals. He returned to Everett in 2013 and took no prisoners in 21 games as he hit .328/.494/.508 with 14 walks and 13 strikeouts. He stole 7 bases but he was caught 4 times after going 30 for 35 the year before. His quick start got him promoted to the Midwest League where he played 30 games with Clinton. He struggled mightily, hitting just .145/.265/.145, but he did show his speed and plate discipline off once again. McGruder is an interesting signing who has very good speed and good defense at second base to go with plate discipline.

Bryan Anderson is a 27-year-old catcher who has limited Major League time with the Cardinals and White Sox over the past four years where he has hit .210/.265/.274 in 68 plate appearances. Since 2008 he has spent time either in Triple-A or the Major Leagues. In 2010 and 2011 he hit .270 and .281 at the Triple-A level, but hit just .225 and .224 each of the last two seasons.  The former 4th rounder (2005) was once ranked the 85th best prospect in baseball by Baseball America. Since 2009 he has topped the 30% caught stealing mark just once, in 2010 when he threw out 31% of opposing runners. He has cut down on the amount of passed balls since the early part of his career.

Edgar Gonzalez has spent parts of 10 seasons in the Major Leagues but has only topped 50 innings twice in his career, back in 2007 and 2009. He boasts a career 5.92 ERA in 368 Major League innings. In 2013 he saw limited action with Houston and Toronto where he saw 18 innings with a 7.50 ERA over 8 games. In 2012 he posted a 5.04 ERA with the Astros in 25 innings over the course of 6 starts. Historically he is much better against right handers than left handers at the big league level, though even right handers have a career .282/.334/.453 line against him.

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