Tuesday morning news and notes

Let’s start off with the rundown from the spring training game yesterday against the Mariners.

  • Billy Hamilton went 1-2 with a walk, steal and 2 runs.
  • Bryson Smith went 0-2.
  • Yorman Rodriguez went 0-1.
  • Neftali Soto went 2-2 with 2 doubles.
  • Donald Lutz went 0-1.
  • Argenis Diaz went 0-1.
  • Rossmel Perez went 1-2 with a double.
  • Rey Navarro went 0-2.
  • Max Ramirez went0-2.
  • Corky Miller went 0-1 with a walk.
  • Chris Nelson went 0-2.
  • Chad Rogers allowed 5 earned in 1.1 innings with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Ismael Guillon threw 1.2 hitless innings with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Drew Hayes threw a perfect inning.

Neftali Soto continues his early spring crush of pitching, now hitting .583 with 4 doubles in just 12 at bats. Billy Hamilton now has 2 walks and no strikeouts in the spring. That’s a good ratio to have. Chad Rogers struggled as he allowed 2 home runs, walked a batter and hit another one before exiting the game. Ismael Guillon rebounded nicely after a rough outing in his previous appearance.

Mark Sheldon notes that big right hander Curtis Partch is tinkering with his mechanics this spring. Partch has struggled with his control at times in the past. In his first outing this spring his slider looked pretty good. If he can throw strikes a little more consistently, he could be a good addition to the bullpen.

“I’ve been working on some things with Jeff (Pico) and Mack (Jenkins) with keeping my right side closed a little longer,” Partch said Monday. “Besides one or two pitches, I felt like I was more in line. I could tell my pitches were a lot better. My fastball had better command. I’ll keep trying to get better and be more consistent.”

Yesterday Baseball America’s JJ Cooper broke down the 111 prospects who missed out on the Top 100 Prospects List but made at least one Baseball America writers Top 150 personal list (these are then used to compile an AP format overall list that everyone then gets together and discusses as they work on the top 100). Several Reds made appearances. David Holmberg made one list as the #138 prospect in the game. Jesse Winker made six of the seven lists and his highest ranking on any list was at #70. Phillip Ervin made all seven of the lists and topped out at #78. Yorman Rodriguez made five of the seven lists and topped out at #103.

Later today I am going to have some more information up from the spring training game on Sunday where the Pitch F/X cameras were running with Brett Marshall, Daniel Corcino, Tim Crabbe, Curtis Partch, Jose Diaz and Trevor Bell all pitching. There were a few interesting things from that game that are really worth talking about. And of course, I will be talking about them in the afternoon.

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