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Graham Ashcraft makes spring debut as Reds play host to Dodgers under the Goodyear lights

Graham Ashcraft makes spring debut as Reds play host to Dodgers under the Goodyear lights

Photo by Carmen Mandato/ Can Doug start the season...on the good foot? Graham Ashcraft was felled by a toe last season, and the toe bothered him enough into the offseason that he needed a steel plate installed to truly fix it. If it’s truly fixed, though, perhaps we’ll see the Graham who started the 2023 season with 6 starts of 2.00 ERA ball, or even the one who finished the season on a tear (2.58 ERA in 76.2 IP over his final 12 GS of the season). We’re just going to ignore what happened in between. Why not? Ashcraft will make his 2024 Cactus League debut tonight...
Red Reporter Feb 28, 2024
On the Reds unsettled rotation, bullpen, infield, and outfield

On the Reds unsettled rotation, bullpen, infield, and outfield

Photo by Aaron Doster/ Wednesday notes from spring training! When the Cincinnati Reds swung large for Jeimer Candelario this offseason, we all squinted and stared at one another at Red Reporter HQ. Another infielder? What gives?! The logjam there was obvious. Matt McLain looked like a Rookie of the Year winner for much of 2023, while the flashes Elly De La Cruz gave us on his best days reminded grayheads everywhere of Eric Davis. Christian Encarnacion-Strand has hit a billion homers at AA-AAA since the start of 2022 (and hit the ground running in his cup of coffee),...
Red Reporter Feb 27, 2024
Frankie Montas makes Cactus League debut today as Reds face Cubs

Frankie Montas makes Cactus League debut today as Reds face Cubs

Photo by Chris Coduto/MLB Photos via Is this start of something special? The Cincinnati Reds pursued a reunion with Sonny Gray this offseason prior to his signing with the St. Louis Cardinals. Gray, the runner-up in voting for the American League Cy Young Award last year, clearly would have been a serious upgrade to the fledgling Reds starting rotation, and for a club with ‘limited’ resources to pursue a player who ultimately signed for some $75 million guaranteed, it’s clear that rotation help was their major priority. The Reds did not get Gray. The Reds did get...
Red Reporter Feb 27, 2024
Dmitri Young and Pokey Reese are the grand marshals for this year’s Findlay Market Opening Day Parade

Dmitri Young and Pokey Reese are the grand marshals for this year’s Findlay Market Opening Day Parade

Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via The former teammates will share the honor this year. Pokey Reese won back to back Gold Glove Awards as the everyday second baseman of the Cincinnati Reds in 1999 and 2000. He spent a good portion of the work that earned him those honors making spectacular diving stops on the infield, rising, and firing over to a first baseman named Dmitri Young. Reese and Young spent the entirety of the 1999, 2000, and 2001 seasons as teammates on the Reds. The two each turned 50 years old last year. Now, they’ll get to have a little bit...
Red Reporter Feb 26, 2024
Andrew Abbott, Nick Martinez get starts as Reds face split-squad action

Andrew Abbott, Nick Martinez get starts as Reds face split-squad action

Photo by George Kubas/Diamond Images via Lotta baseball for a Monday! Andrew Abbott is a lock for the Opening Day rotation of the Cincinnati Reds, isn’t he? The former 2nd round pick out of the University of Virginia had a truly good rookie year in 2023, valued at 2.7 bWAR (and 2.2 fWAR) in just over 109 innings of work. A high draft pick who performed admirably as a rookie - you’d think that was enough to qualify as a lock, right? The numbers game for how the Reds manage their rotation is going to be the story of the spring, I think. Despite Abbott’s relative...
Red Reporter Feb 25, 2024
Hunter Greene makes Cactus League debut for Reds vs. Angels on Sunday

Hunter Greene makes Cactus League debut for Reds vs. Angels on Sunday

Photo by Carmen Mandato/ Can the Reds ace finally be The Reds Ace™ this year? Are we sleeping on Hunter Greene? Through 14 starts last year, the fireballing righty of the Cincinnati Reds pitched to a tidy-enough 3.93 ERA, striking out 100 against just 31 walks in 73.1 IP. His 3.56 FIP was even more impressive, and the homer-prone nature of his previous work had been held relatively in-check (just 7 in that time). He was pitching through some hip pain for a lot of that, too - hip pain that would eventually worsen and lead to over two months on the shelf while on the...
Red Reporter Feb 24, 2024
TJ Friedl leads off for Cincinnati Reds in Cactus League opener vs. Cleveland

TJ Friedl leads off for Cincinnati Reds in Cactus League opener vs. Cleveland

Photo by George Kubas/Diamond Images via Let the games begin! TJ Friedl was the best player on the Cincinnati Reds last year according to most every metric that judges these things. All the WARs pointed in that same direction, as the team’s CF provided the kind of baserunning, defense, and - perhaps most importantly - quantity of performance that his peers simply couldn’t match. He did most all of his offensive work from the leadoff spot in the order, and that’s where we find him in the team’s lineup today in their Cactus League opener in Goodyear, AZ vs. the...
Red Reporter Feb 23, 2024
Reds sign veterans Mike Ford, Tony Kemp to minor league deals

Reds sign veterans Mike Ford, Tony Kemp to minor league deals

Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/ Some added depth never hurt, right? The Cincinnati Reds added another pair of infielders to the fold on Friday by agreeing to minor league deals with both Tony Kemp and Mike Ford, both of whom spent time in the American League West during the 2023 season (Kemp with Oakland, and Ford with Seattle). MLB Network insider Jon Heyman had the news. Tony Kemp to Reds. Minors deal with MLB camp invite.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 23, 2024 Mike Ford to the Reds on a minor league deal. $1.3M salary in majors, and another 125K in...
Red Reporter Feb 22, 2024
Carson Spiers leads Cincinnati Reds probable pitchers for Cactus League play

Carson Spiers leads Cincinnati Reds probable pitchers for Cactus League play

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports The Reds begin their spring slate on Saturday. The Cincinnati Reds spent a boatload of money to sign pitchers like Frankie Montas and Nick Martinez. Hunter Greene, potential ace that he is, looks totally healthy after spending much of 2023 on the 60-day IL, while fellow banged-up rotation members Nick Lodolo and Graham Ashcraft are both in camp and on-track for being right come Opening Day. 2023 saw rookies like Andrew Abbott flash brilliance, while the pure stuff of Connor Phillips saw him rocket into Top 100 prospect lists all over the...
Red Reporter Feb 20, 2024
Chase Petty is throwing gas again, and hitters everywhere are in trouble

Chase Petty is throwing gas again, and hitters everywhere are in trouble

Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Might we even see him in Cincinnati this summer? The Cincinnati Reds reportedly pursued Sonny Gray, the runner-up in the 2023 American League Cy Young Award voting, in free agency this winter. Gray, the former Red, eventually signed with the rival St. Louis Cardinals on a 3-year, $75 million contract, while the Reds turned around and spent potentially $86.25 million on other pitching options for their staff. It’s hard not to view that pursuit/pivot as something of a challenge. The Reds, after all, will now have to go right through...
Red Reporter Feb 19, 2024
Spring Training Position Battle - The starting RF for the Cincinnati Reds

Spring Training Position Battle - The starting RF for the Cincinnati Reds

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ Spring training is here! The ‘by design’ infield logjam created by the Cincinnati Reds has garnered much of the spotlight this winter, as the free agent addition of Jeimer Candelario to the youthful mix created a bit of a playing time conundrum. With Jeimer, Elly De La Cruz, Matt McLain, Jonathan India, Christian Encarnacion-Strand, and Noelvi Marte all in the mix, it’s hard to see a path to everyday playing time for all of them, even with the presence of the designated hitter in the National League. That doesn’t even get to Spencer...
Red Reporter Feb 16, 2024
Red Reposter - Noelvi Marte’s spring debut to be delayed

Red Reposter - Noelvi Marte’s spring debut to be delayed

Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/ Friday links! Noelvi Marte hit his way on to the Cincinnati Reds roster in 2023, stepping in when other infielders fell to injury and slashing a robust .316/.366/.456 in 123 PA at the big league level. The top prospect in the system picked up right where he’d left off when beginning play for the Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League with hits in 7 of his first 17 PA across 4 games. That was all the time he’d get on the field in the DWL, though, as a Grade 2 hamstring strain suffered at the end of November not only ended his...
Red Reporter Feb 15, 2024
Only two Cincinnati Reds prospects listed among FanGraphs Top 100

Only two Cincinnati Reds prospects listed among FanGraphs Top 100

Photo by Aaron Doster/ Hmm... The Cincinnati Reds farm system has been generally adored by prospect wonks so far this winter. Each of Noelvi Marte, Rhett Lowder, Edwin Arroyo, Connor Phillips, and Chase Petty ranked among MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 overall prospects just weeks ago, for instance. And while MLB Pipeline seems to be highest on the team’s farm, which saw more than a half-dozen promotions from within just last year, each of Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America had at least three Reds on their respective Top 100 lists, too. FanGraphs, though, appears to...
Red Reporter Feb 13, 2024
Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Roster Prediction, Volume I

Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Roster Prediction, Volume I

Photo by Aaron Doster/ Pitchers and catchers have reported, and it’s time for prognostication! Cincinnati Reds pitchers and catchers officially reported to their Goodyear, Arizona complex today to begin spring training, and the 2024 Major League Baseball season is officially on the horizon. With that reporting came the obvious - news and updates on some of the players we’ve been most anticipating for the upcoming year. Injuries, as they are wont to do, will go a long way towards determining which players are on the active roster at which points, and the Reds...
Red Reporter Feb 10, 2024
Cincinnati’s two-year deal with Jonathan India shows their commitment to cost certainty

Cincinnati’s two-year deal with Jonathan India shows their commitment to cost certainty

Photo by Joe Puetz/ The 2021 NL Rookie of the year is on the books through 2025. We don’t know if Jonathan India will be a 2B for much, if any of the 2024 Cincinnati Reds season. We don’t know if he’ll play 1B. We don’t know if he’ll play LF. We know he’ll probably DH, but only if the hamstring and foot injuries that have plagued him the last two seasons subside. What we do know - and what Major League Baseball’s arbitration process knows - is that he was the 2021 National League Rookie of the Year, and was so deservingly. For all the qualms about what...

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    Graham Ashcraft

    Graham Ashcraft makes spring debut as Reds play host to Dodgers under the Goodyear lights

  • Noelvi Marte

    Noelvi Marte

    Spring Training Position Battle - The starting RF for the Cincinnati Reds

  • Nick Martinez

    Nick Martinez

    Andrew Abbott, Nick Martinez get starts as Reds face split-squad action

  • Jeimer Candelario

    Jeimer Candelario

    On the Reds unsettled rotation, bullpen, infield, and outfield

  • Frankie Montas

    Frankie Montas

    Frankie Montas makes Cactus League debut today as Reds face Cubs

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