This is from the Chattanooga Free Press:
Its seems really remote that Bailey will start the season with the Lookouts. And, given the amount of time he's spent at the MLB camp this spring I wouldn't be surprised if Janish started the season in AAA. Who else would/should start in Chat?
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Reds still shaping their minor league rosters
By David Paschall Staff Writer
SARASOTA, Fla. — New Cincinnati Reds farm director Terry Reynolds believes his Class AA club, the Chattanooga Lookouts, will be a blend of youth and veterans who should display quality pitching and a solid defense in the months ahead.
Reynolds just doesn’t have a complete cast of characters.
“We’re still, to be perfectly honest about it, in the final phases of putting these rosters together,” he said Tuesday. “The big-league club has nine cuts to make, so we have to find out who those guys are. Then we’ve got the (Class AAA) Louisville guys who have to trickle back to Chattanooga. It’s frustrating for the managers, I know, because we had hoped to have our clubs by now and don’t have them.”
Time is getting scarce.
The Lookouts play their final spring training game Saturday. Media day at AT&T Field is Tuesday afternoon, with the second annual exhibition game against Chattanooga State that night.
“I heard Chattanooga State is ranked No. 1, so I hope we know our team pretty soon,” Lookouts hitting coach Jamie Dismuke said. “The more we play those guys, the tougher they’re going to play us.”
Chattanooga opens its Southern League season April 5 in Mobile, and the home opener is set for April 11 against Montgomery.
Lookouts manager Jayhawk Owens said pitcher Tyler Pelland and catcher Ryan Hanigan will be returning, as will infielders Drew Anderson, Luis Bolivar and Paul Janish. A fifthround pick of the Reds in 2004, Janish hit.398 in 26 games at Single-A Dayton a year ago and hit.278 in 91 games in high Single-A Sarasota before an Aug. 30 promotion to Chattanooga, where he played just four games. Baseball America rates Janish as the No. 9 prospect in the Reds organization.
“Of all the people in this camp, I would say he’s probably made as favorable of an impression as anybody,” Reynolds said. “He’s spent a lot of time in bigleague games and has made an impression on the major league staff that they won’t soon forget. He goes about his business the way a baseball player should and is a great example to players who are here for the first time.”
Whether the Lookouts can repeat last year’s early success that resulted in a first-half divisional title may depend on potential late additions. Third baseman Aaron Herr and pitcher Homer Bailey, the top organizational prospect, are in that category.
Herr hit.287 with 11 home runs and 52 RBIs during 84 games in two stints with the Lookouts last season and was considered the first-half MVP. He played 19 games with Louisville, hitting.274, before returning to Chattanooga.
“Could he be the odd man out in Louisville? Yes, he could,” Reynolds said. “If that’s the case, he would obviously start out in Chattanooga.”
Reynolds said Bailey’s chances of returning to Chattanooga are more remote. After going 7-1 with a 1.59 earned run average in 13 starts with the Lookouts last year and being mentioned in the offseason as Cincinnati’s potential fifth starter, Bailey has since struggled.
In three big-league appearances earlier this month, Bailey went 0-1 with a 19.64 ERA. He also scuffled this past weekend in a Triple-A outing.
“If he had to go back to Chattanooga, it would not be an issue for anybody,” Reynolds said. “If it breaks the way we think it will, he’ll go with the Louisville staff, but anything can change in these last four or five days.”
Two first basemen who recently had stellar years in Chattanooga, Joey Votto (a league-leading.319 average last season) and Jesse Gutierrez (.292 in 2004), are projected with Louisville.
Owens is entering his fourth season as Lookouts manager and his sixth in the organization. In the past three even-numbered years, he has won a Single-A California League title with Stockton and led Chattanooga to sizzling seasons (87-53 in 2004 and 81-59 last year).
His odd-numbered year experiences have been losing seasons in Potomac and Chattanooga, with the ’05 Lookouts posting the franchise’s worst record (53-83 ) since 1948.
“I definitely don’t want to stay with the trend,” Owens said. “From what I’ve seen so far, that’s not going to be the case.”