Walt Jocketty joined the Reds in the L.A. today. So my first question to him was any significance to showing up now? The short answer: No. He had planned to be on the whole trip, but he had to attend a memorial service in the St. Louis and a funeral in Minneapolis.
He did take a side trip on the way to St. Louis to see Jay Bruce play at Louisville.
"I told him to be patient," Jocketty said. "What he's doing is not going unnoticed. Keep working. He went out and went 2-for-4 with a home run."
I'm saying with prediction that Bruce gets the call when the Reds return home. Again, that's just a hunch.
Jocketty saw left-hander Matt Maloney throw. "He looked very good," Jocketty said.
Daniel Herrera, the little lefty the Reds got in the Josh Hamilton deal, also threw. Herrera was 0.61 ERA and has allowed only eight hits 14 2/3 innings. His out pitch is a screwball.
"Everything is slow," Jocketty said. "But he keeps hitters off balance."
posted by John Fay at 8:09 PM
Bruce up by Monday? I don't see it but i would welcome it with open arms.
Minor matters, plus a prediction
You read it here first: Todd Frazier will be in the mix for one of the corner outfield positions next season if the Reds don't sign Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn. Frazier, last year's supplenmental first-round pick, played shortstop at Rutgers. The Reds played him there until his promotion to Sarasota. He's been played four games in the outfield with Sarasota. He's got power. He gets on base. And he hits right-handed. Of course, I could be completely wrong.
posted by John Fay at 5:31 PM
Frazier to join the outfield ranks?
Frazier is currently only hitting .261 and getting on base at a .314 clip in 12 games with Single A Sarasota, but he has 4 homers and a .901 OPS.