Thursday morning turned out to be quite valuable with information. Pensacola Blue Wahoos manager Pat Kelly joined the local ESPN radio station for an interview from spring training. Today is the day that the position players arrive for minor league camp. Kelly has spent some earlier parts of spring training with the big league club (as did other minor league managers and coaches). He spoke about some of the players he expected to see in April (Aristides Aquino, Blake Trahan, Keury Mella and Jimmy Herget were all specifically named). When asked about Nick Senzel he stated that he believed he would probably begin the year in Daytona, but he would expect to see him at some point in Pensacola this summer.

Kelly had a similar interview last year and missed out on a player or two he was expecting with the team. Still, with a player like Nick Senzel, I doubt that what he does in the spring is going to change his assignment. I had heard over the winter from a few sources that it was more likely he would head to Pensacola, but with what Kelly said today, I’d say it’s more likely that he’s in Daytona to start the year.

Jonathan Mayo has up two Reds related minor league articles today. He talked with Taylor Trammell for a question and answer session. Here’s the part that stuck out for me the most from the interview:

The only thing I did this fall was get ready for the season. I’m trying to do my thing and I know it’s going to be a long season. I’m trying not to go 110 percent every single time. Trying to pick the brains of the big league guys on how to go about my first full season. I’m really anxious to get out there, face some pitchers, steal some bases. I’m really excited for it. Really confident in the work I put in this offseason. I woke up every day at 6:30 and worked out, got my work in, hit every day. I got myself ready for the season.

I’ve been told by several people about just how mature Taylor Trammell is. Usually a younger guy isn’t going out of his way to seek out advice from the big league guys.

Mayo also visited Reds camp and spoke with Director of Player Development Jeff Graupe about several players. However, it was what he said about Tony Santillan that stood out to me:

Unfortunately, the world doesn’t get to see what he’s doing in extended,” Graupe said. “He had a great April and May, did really well up in Billings, then battled some back tightness in Dayton that hurt his command. He’s made a good adjustment over the winter. I think he’s going to be better for it

That could certainly explain a little bit of what happened last year after a good start to the season. Tony Santillan has one of the best 1-2 combos in the organization with his fastball and breaking ball. If he can improve the control he could really take a big step forward.

3 Responses

  1. The Duke

    It seems like the Trammell Q&A was taken from the podcast interview from a couple weeks back. A lot of those answers are expanded a little more in the podcast, it’s something like an 8 minute interview. It’s at the start of the 2/24 podcast at the link below.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/fan_forum/podcasts/index.jsp?c_id=mlb&podcast=mlb_pipeline

    Trammell comes off as very mature and thoughtful. Can’t wait to see him play in Dayton.

    I’ve thought Senzel would start in Daytona mostly so they could slow down his trajectory a little bit. No need to have him in the big leagues before May 2018. Get that extra year. Start him in High A, give him at least 30 games there, promote to AA for at least half a season, and if his performance dictates it, get him somewhere around 20-30 games in AAA. Start him in AAA next year and after about 20 games being him up if he is raking.

    Santillan certainly did fall off a bit after his electric first couple of starts. Back tightness would explain that. Hopefully, he is taking his conditioning seriously as a pro.

    • Wes

      Thanks duke! For sure worth the listen.

      Trammel seems to have the work ethic and maturity to go along w the skill set. Sky is the limit w that kid. In 3 seasons he could be that top 20 prospect we trade away as the centerpiece for our future ace.