|03-28-2007, 10:45 AM||#1|
Ya can't teach speed...
Join Date: Dec 2006
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.”
Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal. ~George Will
|03-28-2007, 08:10 PM||#2|
Join Date: Jun 2004
Re: Lookouts article
Richie Gardner Could Resume Pitching Career In Chattanooga
Could Jay Bruce Open The Season In Chattanooga?
by Tim Evearitt
posted March 28, 2007
Right-handers Richie Gardner and Thomas Pauly could both break camp with the Chattanooga Lookouts and if not, with one of the two Class A clubs (although their official destinations are not yet known).
Both players are rebounding from major injuries that have derailed their careers.
Chattanooga fans remember Gardner from his time with the Lookouts in 2004 and 2005.
Gardner, who threw four innings for the Lookouts on Tuesday, signed as a non-drafted free agent at the end of 2003. He posted a 2.52 ERA between two Class A stops in his 2004 pro debut, striking out 139 batters and walking just 26 in 156 innings.
Pauly missed all of the past two seasons after leading the Carolina League in 2004 with 135 strikeouts in 121 innings while posting a 2.97 ERA.
A Princeton product taken in the second round of 2003, he's a little bit behind Gardner in his comeback, up to just two innings per outing so far, but may still break camp with the rest of his teammates.
"I don't know if that will happen for sure, but it shows you how far they've come," said Terry Reynolds, Director of Player Development. "Both have been throwing the ball well."
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Soon-to-be 20-year old Jay Bruce is rated the Reds' #2 top prospect.
Bruce is splitting his time in Spring Training between center field and right field. The 2005 first-round pick has been used in that role for a while as the club wants to get him innings at both positions for as long as it can.
His eventual destination is on the bubble as the big-league roster continues to be tweaked.
Bruce led the organization with 81 RBIs at Dayton last year (his first full season), but has been seeing time as high as Triple-A this spring.
"So if I had to tell you today, I'd say he would be on the Sarasota roster" said Reynolds. "But we also have a lot of guys dinged up on the big-league club [which may trickle down and affect the outfielders] so if we had to put him in Chattanooga I think everyone would be very comfortable with that."
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Shortstop Paul Janish is expected to open in Chattanooga, where he finished up a three-level climb in 2006.
The team's fifth-round pick in 2004 out of Rice, Janish missed all of 2005 after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
When he returned to the field in 2006, he got off to a hot start, hitting .398 at Dayton and spent most of the season at Sarasota.
He finished up with a cup of coffee at Chattanooga, combining to hit .304 with 14 home runs and 75 RBIs between the three stops.
Janish wields a live bat and flashes an outstanding glove.