Turn Off Ads?
Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Spring Training Quick Hits

  1. #1
    Worst Behavior. reds44's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    24,891

    Spring Training Quick Hits

    http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/news/...=.jsp&c_id=cin



    2006 record
    80-82, third place, National League Central
    Projected batting order
    1. RF Ryan Freel:
    .271 BA, 8 HR, 27 RBI in 2006
    2. 1B Scott Hatteberg:
    .289 BA, 13 HR, 51 RBI in 2006
    3. CF Ken Griffey Jr.:
    .252 BA, 27 HR, 72 RBI in 2006
    4. 3B Edwin Encarnacion:
    .276 BA, 15 HR, 72 RBI in 2006
    5. LF Adam Dunn:
    .234 BA, 40 HR, 92 RBI in 2006
    6. 2B Brandon Phillips:
    .276 BA, 17 HR, 75 RBI in 2006
    7. C David Ross:
    .255 BA, 21 HR, 52 RBI in 2006
    8. SS Alex Gonzalez:
    .255 BA, 9 HR, 50 RBI in 2006


    Projected rotation
    1. Aaron Harang, 16-11, 3.76 ERA in 2006
    2. Bronson Arroyo, 14-11, 3.29 in 2006
    3. Kyle Lohse, 5-10, 5.83 in 2006
    4. Eric Milton, 8-8, 5.19 in 2006
    5. Kirk Saarloos, 7-7, 4.75 in 2006

    Projected bullpen
    Closer: David Weathers, 12 saves, 3.54 ERA in 2006
    RH setup man: Todd Coffey , 3.58 ERA in 2006
    LH setup man: Mike Stanton, 3.99 ERA in 2006

    The new guys
    SS Alex Gonzalez: Signed to a three-year, $14 million contract as a free agent, Gonzalez should address one of Cincinnati's big shortcomings from 2006 -- defense. The 29-year-old is considered one of the best fielding shortstops in the game and should form a pretty dynamic double-play combo with second baseman Phillips. For a Reds staff that lacks strikeout pitchers, a stronger defense up the middle will be a plus from past seasons.

    OF/1B Jeff Conine: Acquired in a December trade with the Phillies, the Reds felt that Conine filled the right-handed-hitter void created when Rich Aurilia left as a free agent. The right-handed Conine can play both corner outfield positions and can spell lefty-hitting Hatteberg at first base. Conine is strong against right-handed pitching, too, which could have manager Jerry Narron mixing and matching him into the lineup in different ways.

    LHP Mike Stanton: Signed to a two-year, $5.5 million deal, Stanton will likely join Weathers in sharing some ninth-inning save situations. The left-hander is versatile enough that he can work in the middle innings, do setup work or close. The 39-year-old also has big-game experience with a 2.10 ERA in 53 postseason appearances.

    RHP Kirk Saarloos: Acquired in a late January trade from Oakland, Saarloos is a viable fifth-starter candidate but could also come out of the bullpen. A sinkerball pitcher that keeps the ball on the ground, he could mitigate some of the dangers of pitching in hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park.

    Prospects to watch
    RHP Homer Bailey: The clamoring for Bailey to be promoted to the Majors will only intensify at Spring Training. The 2004 first-round pick is the first legitimate Reds premier pitching prospect in years, and fans are drooling. After beginning 2006 in high Class A, he had no adjustment issues in Double-A and often dominated hitters. Cincinnati, which has been slow and deliberate with Bailey's development, will give him an outside chance to make the rotation. He will likely begin 2007 in Triple-A, but the 20-year-old right-hander won't stay long if he continues to impress.

    1B Joey Votto: Playing for Double-A Chattanooga last season, Votto led the Southern League with a .319 average and was its Most Valuable Player. The 23-year-old had 22 homers and 77 RBIs and also led the league in hits (162), doubles (46), on-base percentage (.408), slugging percentage (.547), extra-base hits (70), total bases (278), runs scored (85) and walks (78). He's probably another season away from the Majors but could use the camp to turn some more heads.

    Returning from injury
    Ken Griffey Jr.: A dislocated right toe limited Griffey to just two pinch-hit at-bats over the Reds' final 24 games. Although that is not expected to be an issue, all eyes will now be on the 37-year-old's left hand that was broken during a home accident in late December. The Reds expect the hand to be fully healed by the time camp opens.

    Eddie Guardado: The lefty closer was eight out of 10 in save chances with a 1.29 ERA in 15 appearances after his July 6 trade from Seattle. Then he blew out his elbow on Aug. 19 and underwent Tommy John surgery in September. Not expected to be ready until June at the earliest, Guardado will be continuing his rehabilitation and working out with the club as a non-roster player under a Minor League contract.

    Paul Wilson: The right-handed starter will also be in camp as a non-roster player and trying to work his way back from shoulder surgery. Wilson has not pitched in the Majors since June 2005, and endured several setbacks during the rehabilitation process last season.

    On the rebound
    Adam Dunn: Considering that he hit 40 home runs for the third consecutive year in 2006, it sounds funny to say Dunn had a disappointing season. But he had a .234 average and 92 RBIs with a Major League-high 194 strikeouts last season. He hit no homers after Sept. 8, and drove in no runs after Sept. 19. The club hopes that working with new hitting coach Brook Jacoby will benefit Dunn.

    Long gone
    Rich Aurilia: The jack-of-all-trades infielder and the Reds' best hitter last season found an everyday job and a two-year contract with his original team, the Giants. The offense could miss Aurilia's contributions and will hope that Conine can pick up the slack. If non-roster player Mark Bellhorn can make the club, the Reds will have another veteran that can play every infield position.

    Brandon Claussen: The left-handed starter did not pitch after June 16 because of a throwing shoulder injury that required surgery in August. The Reds designated Claussen for assignment and did not tender him a contract. He signed a Minor League deal with the Nationals.

    2006 hitting leaders (min. 200 at-bats)
    Avg.: Aurilia, .300
    OBP: Hatteberg, .389
    SLG: Ross, .579
    Runs: Dunn, 99
    RBIs: Dunn, 92
    Hits: Phillips, 148
    2B: Encarnacion, 33
    3B: Freel, 2
    HR: Dunn, 40
    SB: Freel, 37

    2006 pitching leaders (min. 30 IP)
    IP: Arroyo, 240 2/3
    W: Harang, 16
    L: Harang/Arroyo, 11
    Win %: Matt Belisle, 1.000
    S: Weathers, 12
    ERA: Rheal Cormier, 2.44
    K: Harang, 216
    K/9: Harang, 8.30
    WHIP: Arroyo, 1.19

    Triple play: Three questions that need answers

    Who will be the closer, or will it be the dreaded "by committee" system again?
    With Guardado not expected to be available until mid-season, the Reds have several candidates for the ninth inning but no overwhelming favorites. Heading into camp, Weathers and Stanton appear to be the guys most likely to share closer duties. Bill Bray, Coffey and possibly Cormier could also be in the mix.


    Will Griffey remain the Reds' center fielder, or make the move to right field?
    The Reds have asked Griffey, a center fielder his entire career, to be open-minded over the winter about switching spots, and he appears to be willing to consider it. The club's belief is that playing right field would preserve Griffey's oft-injured legs and keep him healthier and in the lineup more. Griffey maintains the wear-and-tear is the same wherever he plays. The follow-up to this question is who would play center field if Griffey moved? Freel and Chris Denorfia would be the leading in-house candidates. But Freel's constant all-out style of play takes a toll on his body, too, and Denorfia has yet to break through and show he can play every day in the Majors.

    Who will be the Reds' fifth starter?
    There appears to be no shortage of candidates. Saarloos could be the leading contender but is versatile enough to work out of the bullpen, too. Belisle, who posted strong numbers starting in Puerto Rico during winter ball, likely had the inside track until Saarloos arrived. Elizardo Ramirez will be in the mix along with non-roster invite Victor Santos and left-handers Bobby Livingston and Phil Dumatrait. One wild card will be Bailey if he has a dominant spring. But heading into camp, the Reds seem to be leaning towards starting Bailey in Triple-A.

    The bottom line
    A surprising playoff chase late into last season brought hope to Cincinnati for the first time in years. Some of the fan optimism faded over the winter when National League Central rivals spent big and added big names. The Reds avoided adding big names but continued their ongoing efforts of trying to shore up the pitching and defense.

    This spring, the Reds front office and coaching staff will continue to drive home its core philosophy of fundamental team play and doing the little things to win. It was an inability to execute on the finer points of the game that undid Cincinnati, especially down the stretch last season.

    Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

    "The guy I think could be really good in center is Adam Dunn. If someone asked me if Dunn could be a center fielder for the next 10 years, if he started working on it, no one could explain to me why he couldn’t do it." - Brad Kullman

  2. Turn Off Ads?
  3. #2
    Member Highlifeman21's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Bristol, just around the corner from ESPN
    Posts
    8,694

    Re: Spring Training Quick Hits

    Will Griffey remain the Reds' center fielder, or make the move to right field?
    The Reds have asked Griffey, a center fielder his entire career, to be open-minded over the winter about switching spots, and he appears to be willing to consider it. The club's belief is that playing right field would preserve Griffey's oft-injured legs and keep him healthier and in the lineup more. Griffey maintains the wear-and-tear is the same wherever he plays. The follow-up to this question is who would play center field if Griffey moved? Freel and Chris Denorfia would be the leading in-house candidates. But Freel's constant all-out style of play takes a toll on his body, too, and Denorfia has yet to break through and show he can play every day in the Majors.
    It has nothing to do with wear and tear. You just can't play CF anymore Griffey. The mind might be willing, but the body sure isn't able.

    I don't know why there is so much doubt about Denorfia. We traded Kearns to give this kid an everyday shot, and he really hasn't gotten it. Jerry Narron continues to baffle me. He probably prefers Norris Hopper over Denorfia or Freel.

  4. #3
    Battle Toad Historian thatcoolguy_22's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    in tornado alley
    Posts
    1,744

    Re: Spring Training Quick Hits

    Quote Originally Posted by Highlifeman21 View Post
    It has nothing to do with wear and tear. You just can't play CF anymore Griffey. The mind might be willing, but the body sure isn't able.

    I don't know why there is so much doubt about Denorfia. We traded Kearns to give this kid an everyday shot, and he really hasn't gotten it. Jerry Narron continues to baffle me. He probably prefers Norris Hopper over Denorfia or Freel.

    instead of being honest with KGJ and telling him is either A too slow or B too slow to play CF the FO tried to sugarcoat it by saying they didn't want to put the added wear/tear onto his oft injured body
    Last edited by thatcoolguy_22; 02-02-2007 at 08:13 PM. Reason: quote didnt work
    "Last week I helped my friend stay put. It's a lot easier'n helpin' 'em move. I just went over to his house and made sure that he did not start to load **** into a truck."

  5. #4
    Stat Wanker Hodiernus RedsManRick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Chicago, IL
    Posts
    15,748

    Re: Spring Training Quick Hits

    If I continue to see Dunn batting 3 spots behind Scott Hatteberg I'm going to hurl.

    Dunn 2nd
    EE 3rd
    Junior 4th

    OR

    Hatteberg 2nd
    Dunn 3rd
    EE 4th
    Griffey 5th

    Everything else might be up for grabs, Dunn batting any lower than 3rd costs the Reds runs. Period.
    Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.

  6. #5
    Worst Behavior. reds44's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    24,891

    Re: Spring Training Quick Hits

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsManRick View Post
    If I continue to see Dunn batting 3 spots behind Scott Hatteberg I'm going to hurl.

    Dunn 2nd
    EE 3rd
    Junior 4th

    OR

    Hatteberg 2nd
    Dunn 3rd
    EE 4th
    Griffey 5th

    Everything else might be up for grabs, Dunn batting any lower than 3rd costs the Reds runs. Period.
    It needs to just be

    Freel/Denorfia CF
    Hatteberg 1B
    Dunn LF
    Edwin 3B
    Griffey RF
    Phillips 2B/Ross C in either order
    Seabass SS

    That's the best lineup.
    "The guy I think could be really good in center is Adam Dunn. If someone asked me if Dunn could be a center fielder for the next 10 years, if he started working on it, no one could explain to me why he couldn’t do it." - Brad Kullman

  7. #6
    Manliness Personified HumnHilghtFreel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    2,690

    Re: Spring Training Quick Hits

    Quote Originally Posted by reds44 View Post
    It needs to just be

    Freel/Denorfia CF
    Hatteberg 1B
    Dunn LF
    Edwin 3B
    Griffey RF
    Phillips 2B/Ross C in either order
    Seabass SS

    That's the best lineup.
    This lineup gets my approval


Turn Off Ads?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Board Moderators may, at their discretion and judgment, delete and/or edit any messages that violate any of the following guidelines: 1. Explicit references to alleged illegal or unlawful acts. 2. Graphic sexual descriptions. 3. Racial or ethnic slurs. 4. Use of edgy language (including masked profanity). 5. Direct personal attacks, flames, fights, trolling, baiting, name-calling, general nuisance, excessive player criticism or anything along those lines. 6. Posting spam. 7. Each person may have only one user account. It is fine to be critical here - that's what this board is for. But let's not beat a subject or a player to death, please.

Thank you, and most importantly, enjoy yourselves!


RedsZone.com is a privately owned website and is not affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds or Major League Baseball


Contact us: Boss | GIK | BCubb2003 | dabvu2498 | Gallen5862 | LexRedsFan | Plus Plus | RedlegJake | redsfan1995 | The Operator | Tommyjohn25