The anticipation is killing baseball fans all around the country. With less than a week until (real) MLB games begin, there is no organization or fan base more excited than the Cincinnati Reds. With their Opening Day Parade set for next Monday and their home opener the following day, the hype is real in Cincy for the season to get underway. With an abundance of young talent both on the field and on the pitching staff, these young Reds are looking to prove themselves. Everyone is eager to see how the team’s year will go as their youth movement goes into full swing this season.
The Reds have had an average Spring Training season, sitting at 16-18. However, with all the different combinations teams use, Spring Training is never an accurate representation of how a ball club will perform in the regular season. For the Reds, Spring Training was more to see who would make the pitching staff, as well as who would land on what farm team. With new addition Scott Feldman being named the Opening Day starter, here is what the rest of the starting lineup is expected to look like as the Reds face the Phillies to kick off the season next Tuesday:
- 1- Billy Hamilton CF
- 2- Jose Peraza 2B
- 3- Joey Votto 1B
- 4- Adam Duvall LF
- 5- Scott Schebler RF
- 6- Zach Cozart SS
- 7- Eugenio Suarez 3B
- 8- Tucker Barnhart C
There are no real surprise here, with 6 returning starters from last year. Since the trade of star Brandon Phillips, the second-basemen job has been Jose Peraza’s to lose, and he will look to build off a strong start to his career at the end of last season. The only other notable start is that Tucker Barnhart will assume full-time duties behind the plate in the absence of Devin Mesoraco while he recovers from injury.
While the Reds have a predictable plan going ahead, they still have had a busy week with naming players in the pitching staff, an acquisition from a division opponent, and more.
My recap of the Reds recent news and moves:
Bronson Arroyo makes Starting Rotation over Cody Reed, Robert Stephenson
Some were surprised to hear that veteran pitcher Bronson Arroyo was named to the starting pitching rotation while young prospects Cody Reed and Robert Stephenson were designated to the Reds bullpen to kick-off the season. Arroyo is joined on the starting pitching staff with Feldman, Brandon Finnegan, Rookie Davis, and Amir Garrett. While many critics of the move are upset why the Reds would choose a 40 year-old Arroyo over young talent in the midst of a youth movement, I am not one of them because I like the move.
Arroyo is an innings eater who will keep the Reds in ballgames, which is better than a lot of the young pitchers could do last year for the Reds. Besides that, Reed and Stephenson had rough years last year in the MLB, while they also struggled this Spring. Letting them come out of the bullpen early in the year could give them a chance to build confidence and if Arroyo struggles, it would be an easier transition for one of them to get the call for some starts.
Reds add Scooter Gennett, placed on Opening Day roster
After being left on waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers, the Reds acquired the Cincinnati native Scooter Gennett to the team, and since has been placed on the Opening Day roster. While Gennett had a career year last season personally (.263, 14 HR’s,53 RBI), the Brewers decided to go in a different direction. Naturally a second-basemen, he is expected to be listed as a Utility player, and platoon not only in the infield but the outfield as well. Personally, I really liked this pick-up.
A cheap, young player coming off a good year who still has upside is a great addition to a team like the Reds, who will be able to play him in various positions baring injury or lack of success.
Charlie Sheen endorses Reds Rookie Davis (?!)
In a tweet last night, actor and former “Major League” movie star Charlie Sheen praised Reds prospect and recently named starting pitcher Rookie Davis.
of NASTY is en route,
to create a whole new
— Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) March 28, 2017
While the praise seemed quite random, (we are unclear on the relationship between Sheen and Davis) I’m sure Rookie Davis loved it. Furthermore, I agree with the “Wild Thang” (really hoping you make the Charlie Sheen reference). Rookie Davis was apart of the Aroldis Chapman trade, and has looked liked he had MLB talent since arriving in the Reds organization. He was able to be named a starting pitcher this year, and we will see if he lives up to Mr. Sheen’s expectations.