Re: Off-season transactions
Konrad Schmidt must be in the Reds' organization now. He got an AB in today's game. He was in the Ranger's camp earlier this spring. An article stated that Scmidt was released four days ago by the Rangers. Maybe Olivo is moving on.
From Baseball America:
Konrad Schmidt, c. Diamondbacks
Born: Aug. 2, 1984. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 225. Drafted.: Nevada-Reno, NDFA 2007. Signed by: Jim Dedrick.
Since signing out of Nevada-Reno as an undrafted free agent in 2007, Schmidt has progressed from an organizational soldier into a prospect with a chance at a major league career as a backup catcher. He had a strong year at Double-A Mobile in 2010, batting .315/.373/.490, before getting rewarded with a late season call-up to the big leagues. Schmidt has an aggressive, early-in-the-count approach but avoids the usual peaks and valleys associated with those types of hitters. He hits the ball line to line and has fringy power. Schmidt's defense has improved considerably in pro ball, especially his receiving, and he's now a plus catcher. He has strong hands and solid arm strength, and he threw out 26 percent of basestealers last year. He's a well below-average runner. A gamer who gets the most out of his ability, Schmidt will battle John Hester for Arizona's backup job behind Miguel Montero.
Corky Miller junior.
Zero chance the Reds miss the playoffs!