One of the most interesting things every spring training is to see which players that the Cincinnati Reds bring stateside for spring training. While it’s not always a direct way of knowing who will join the complex level team (in this case, the AZL Reds) or Billings Mustangs, it’s a good sign. It’s also, usually, a sign that the organization feels good about that player – they wouldn’t go through the trouble of bringing the player in otherwise.

We already knew that Alfredo Rodriguez and Vladimir Gutierrez are in camp. Gutierrez was actually with the Major League club as a non-roster invitee, but was sent to minor league camp at the earliest point possible (it was in his contract that he would get the invite). Those two were the big international signings from the current signing period and both are older prospects. Let’s take a look at the players that are also in the United States for the first time (as players) this spring training with the organization.

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6 Responses

    • Greenfield Red

      Hey Duke. That’s a good point. The only numbers that needed improvement are his average (.245) and 29 errors at SS. Just about to turn 18. It will be interesting to see if he has a break out year in 2017 in the DSL.

  1. Colt Holt

    Hey Doug, what do you think of the possibility of bringing on Derek Norris? Likely would only make sense if Mesoraco was virtually unavailable for all of 2017, and Stuart Turner being cleared from the 25 man (either via Trade or return).

    • Doug Gray

      Then it makes no sense at all…. Mesoraco, according to Bryan Price, is expected to start the year with the Reds.

      • Colt Holt

        I hadn’t seen the report that he would start the year with the team, but as i noted, it woukd only make sense if he was found to be unavailable all year. I wouldnt expect circumstances to make sense today, or even on april 1. Question was more downstream of, if a more permanent body was needed, how he would compare to other options available (internal or external)

  2. Kevin Meyer

    Haven’t been paying attention to the wbc, but is the young Cuban playing that might be eligible to sign?