Reds Spring Training Begins; Notes From Goodyear Doug Gray February 12, 2019 23 Comments The words pitchers and catchers report are glorious. And today we get to use those words about the Cincinnati Reds. Players are supposed to report to Goodyear this afternoon. They will go through their physicals today and the first workouts will begin tomorrow. The first week or so is going to be exciting from the perspective of “baseball is back”, but in reality there probably won’t be a ton of exciting news coming out of Goodyear. Maybe we will hear some plans that the new coaching staff will be implementing. Perhaps we’ll get some insight into how some guys are going to be viewed for the roster. But we will probably get a whole lot of “player xyz looks great” and “so-and-so is in the best shape of their life” kind of stuff. That, of course, beats the heck out of not having those things going on. With that said, there’s probably no place better than here to share some smaller information about spring training that may not fit elsewhere on it’s own. Spring Training Information The Cincinnati Reds released their first Notebook of the 2019 season on Monday. Within if is some useful information related to spring training. Who is out of options? Options are always important to know about. Players that don’t have them can’t be sent to the minor leagues without first going through waivers. Fairly or unfairly, that sometimes means these guys will get a little extra leeway when it comes to making the roster over a player who can be optioned to the minor leagues. There are five players on the 40-man roster who no longer have options. Catcher Curt Casali and outfielder Yasiel Puig are out of options among position players. On the pitchers side Amir Garrett, Robert Stephenson, and Matt Wisler are all out of options. Where to follow along? There will be 10 games available to watch on Fox Sports Ohio during spring training. February 24 vs. Los Angeles (AL) – 3pm ET March 7 vs. Seattle – 8pm ET March 9 vs. San Diego – 8:30pm ET March 10 vs. Arizona – 4pm ET March 17 vs. Cleveland – 4pm ET March 19 vs. Chicago (AL) – 9pm ET March 22 vs. Milwaukee – 4pm ET March 23 vs. Cleveland – 4pm ET March 25 vs. Atlanta – 7pm ET March 26 vs Atlanta – 1pm ET You can also listen to 31 of the 33 games on the Reds Radio Network. These games will be on 700 WLW, 1360 WSAI, or online at Reds.com. Unfortunately they are not currently listed as to which games will appear where. Coaches and Instructors The entire Major League coaching staff will be there, of course. Some of the minor league coaching staff and instructors will also help out early on in the spring. Eric Davis, Jody Davis, Bill Doran, Leon Durham, Jeff Fassero, Tony Fossas, Ricky Gutierrez, Billy Hatcher, Barry Larkin, Corky Miller, Joel Noboa, Dick Schofield, Mario Soto, Milt Thompson, and Chris Tremie will all assist the Major League staff at times during the spring. There will also be several guest instructors helping out during the spring. Former Reds Bronson Arroyo, Tom Browning, Rob Dibble, Doug Flynn, Aaron Harang, Tom Hume, Jim Maloney, and Joe Morgan are all scheduled to be in camp at times to help out in some capacity. Cincinnati Reds Spring Training Roster What use is this post without at least providing the roster for who will be showing up on Tuesday in Goodyear? The Pitchers # Name B/T Ht Wt DOB Non-Roster Pitchers 38 Anthony Bass R/R 6’2″ 200lbs 11/1/1987 76 Buddy Boshers L/L 6’3″ 222lbs 5/9/1988 73 Odrisamer Despaigne R/R 6’0″ 200lbs 4/4/1987 80 Vladimir Gutierrez R/R 6’0″ 190lbs 9/18/1995 74 Felix Jorge R/R 6’2″ 178lbs 1/2/1994 70 Ian Krol L/L 6’1″ 210lbs 5/9/1991 83 Alex Powers R/R 6’4″ 205lbs 2/26/1992 85 Tony Santillan R/R 6’3″ 240lbs 4/15/1997 40-man Roster Pitchers 67 Matt Bowman R/R 6’0″ 185lbs 5/31/1991 58 Luis Castillo R/R 6’2″ 190lbs 12/12/1992 28 Anthony DeSclafani R/R 6’1″ 195lbs 4/18/1990 50 Zach Duke L/L 6′ 2″ 210lbs 4/19/1983 29 Brandon Finnegan L/L 5’11” 198lbs 4/14/1993 50 Amir Garrett R/L 6’5″ 228lbs 5/3/1992 54 Sonny Gray R/R 5’10” 192lbs 11/7/1989 49 Jimmy Herget R/R 6’3″ 170lbs 9/9/1993 37 David Hernandez R/R 6’3″ 245lbs 5/13/1985 48 Jared Hughes R/R 6’7″ 240lbs 7/4/1985 26 Raisel Iglesias R/R 6’2″ 188lbs 1/4/1990 21 Michael Lorenzen R/R 6’3″ 217lbs 1/4/1992 30 Tyler Mahle R/R 6’3″ 210lbs 9/29/1994 63 Keury Mella R/R 6’2″ 200lbs 8/2/1993 53 Wandy Peralta L/L 6’0″ 220lbs 7/27/1991 23 Cody Reed L/L 6’5″ 230lbs 4/15/1993 57 Jesus Reyes R/R 6’2″ 180lbs 2/21/1993 35 Tanner Roark R/R 6’2″ 240lbs 10/5/1986 47 Sal Romano L/R 6’5″ 255lbs 10/12/1993 39 Lucas Sims R/R 6’2″ 225lbs 5/10/1994 62 Jackson Stephens R/R 6’2″ 220lbs 5/11/1994 55 Robert Stephenson R/R 6’3″ 215lbs 2/24/1993 41 Matt Wisler R/R 6’3″ 215lbs 9/12/1992 40 Alex Wood R/L 6’4″ 215lbs 1/12/1991 The Catchers # Name B/T Ht Wt DOB Non-Roster Catcher 68 Juan Graterol R/R 6’1″ 205lbs 2/14/1989 81 Chris Okey R/R 5’11” 200lbs 12/29/1994 84 Tyler Stephenson R/R 6’4″ 225lbs 8/16/1996 40-man Roster Catcher 16 Tucker Barnhart S/R 5’11” 192lbs 1/7/1991 12 Curt Casali R/R 6’3″ 225lbs 11/9/1988 52 Kyle Farmer R/R 6’0″ 214lbs 8/17/1990 Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditPocket 23 Responses The Duke February 12, 2019 Eh, pitchers and catchers doesn’t do much more for me. It’s like groundhog day. 6 more weeks until real baseball. At least college baseball starts this week. SultanofSwaff February 12, 2019 Does anyone else consider the idea of guest instructors to be complicated? Are these guys in tune with the philosophies and points of emphasis of the coaching staff and front office? Does their presence set the right tone or does it create more of a country club/class reunion vibe? I get that sometimes hearing the same message from a different voice will make it click for a player, but too many cooks can be a bad thing too. Krozley February 12, 2019 I think the guest instructors are more for the aura of former stars being around to give advice on how to be a professional, and not so much advanced coaching or strategy. It is also for fans who see the list and want to venture to the facility to maybe get a glimpse of a past hero. They are usually not there for very many days. A couple years ago, Sean Casey was around one day and he was basically just there to loosen guys up and have some fun shagging ground balls during batting practice. He later was pitching wiffleballs to the players’ kids on the infield practice area. Red Mango February 12, 2019 I am pretty interested to see how the spring shakes out for certain pitchers at a career crossroads, namely Finnegan and Stephenson. Will Finnegan ever look like he did a couple of years ago, before the injuries? He was a bulldog when he started. And is Stephenson shaken up by the events of the past year, or is more determined to stake a claim? I would like to see some of Finnegan’s fight in Stephenson’s pitching. Colorado Red February 12, 2019 Bob Steves issues have been in his head. Hopefully, something breaks loose this year. He may be on another team, or off the 40 man, and in the minors. Red Mango February 12, 2019 I agree. I really thought he would have been traded by now. It’s hard to see him thriving as a long guy out of the bullpen. Maybe he gets moved by the end of spring training. Oldtimer February 12, 2019 I will be there at the ST opener (Feb 23) in Goodyear and later see Reds vs White Sox (Feb 27) in Camelback. In between various other games involving Brewers or White Sox. Jonah February 12, 2019 If a player is in minor league ST and gets sent to the minors to start the year does it use an option? Cguy February 12, 2019 I think, only if he’s already on the 40- man roster. The Duke February 12, 2019 Any player on the 40 man roster uses an option if they are sent to the minor leagues. If a prospect played an entire year this year in the bigs, it would not use their option, which could be used the next year. Once you hit a certain threshold of MLB service time you can’t be optioned anymore, but I can’t remember what that is. Doug Gray February 12, 2019 If they are in minor league camp, then they aren’t using an option because everyone on the 40-man roster is in Major League camp. Only players on the 40-man have options that need to be used if sent down. Optimist February 12, 2019 I thought they were considering Connor Joe a C for roster purposes? Is he not reporting today? Should be a very interesting ST. Doug Gray February 12, 2019 I think he’s a catcher in an “emergency only” situation. He’s never actually caught a professional inning. Krozley February 13, 2019 Just saw that Joe is going to focus on catching during ST, per David Bell. Might be the only way he makes the roster all year if he can show he is at least competent as an option behind the plate. Doug Gray February 13, 2019 I just finished writing about that. Should be published within the next hour or two. MK February 12, 2019 Always think it is fun to see the numbers players are assigned to see what their chances are to make the team. It used to be a lot easier but now many players wear numbers in the 50’s. Through the 80’s if a Reds player had a number in 50’s he had little chance to make the team. Bass is 38, Bowman 67. Jasonp February 12, 2019 I don’t think Zach Duke is bad but did we need another reliever option? 8 spots in the bullpen? After Raisel Iglesias, Michael Lorenzen, Amir Garrett, Jared Hughes, David Hernandez there are 3 spots. Is Duke better than the 10 other options we have? Or maybe 8 as Reed and Mahle could be in AAA starters. I think I would rather see what the two Altlanta guys, Stephens, Stephenson, Romano, and Finnegan could do before going to what I think Zach Duke is. Norwood Nate February 12, 2019 He’s a lefty, who’s found success over a couple seasons out of the bullpen in the majors, and that separates him somewhat from those other guys competing for the last 2-3 spots. The other LH pitchers on the roster already are Reed, Peralta, and Finnegan. Finnegan was ineffective as a minor league reliever last season, Peralta hasn’t pitched well in a while and really struggles with walking guys, and Reed may still be in line for the rotation in AAA. Jasonp February 12, 2019 Garrett is lefty as well. Not sure how many you need. I know Hughes did just about the same against each side but he will be used more as a setup man. Norwood Nate February 12, 2019 Yes, Garrett’s a lefty as well. But since you included him in your first 5 I didn’t mention him as an option to fill the last 2-3 spots. I expect them to use Garrett more consistently against both handedness and higher leverage spots, and Duke to fill more of a situational lefty role. As far as how many, my personal preference is to have at least two, and I feel most good bullpens have multiple solid options from both sides. Randy in Chatt February 12, 2019 Just an observation: Tyler Mahle is the youngest pitcher coming to the big camp this ST. MK February 12, 2019 Lopez picked up bt Giants. DonkeyOtee February 13, 2019 Reds should sign Bryce Harper and get him out to AZ, because A) He’ll generate revenue (attendance increases and merchandise sales) that will pay his salary B) He will lead MLB in HR’s playing in Cincy and will help the Reds reach the post-season C) Can’t say $ is the issue when one considers they had no problem spending $20M on the Cuban Dud Duo (Jose Garcia & Alfredo R.) Harper isn’t one to take the money and get lackadaisical. He wants to establish himself in baseball’s history books.