Lisa Winston over on the Minor League Baseball site has an article on the Reds Minor league spring training camp that has a lot of great nuggets of information. Here are a few that caught my eye.
How has the “trinity of shortstop prospects” (Paul Janish, Chris Valaika and Milton Loo) shaken out and how will they break camp?
For now, at least, that trinity is a duo, as Loo has yet to report to camp due to family issues at home in Hawaii.
Had all three prospects been present and accounted for, the tentative plan was for Janish to start at Double-A Chattanooga, Valaika at Class A Advanced Sarasota and Loo at Class A Dayton.
Also mentioned that Rosales is not fully healthy and that Justin Tordi, who caught at Billings last season, has been put back at his original position of SS to help out there due to all the injuries.
Right-handers Richie Gardner and Thomas Pauly could both break camp as high as Chattanooga if not with one of the Class A clubs, though their official destinations are not yet known.
The Reds say that both are throwing the ball well. Also mentions that Daryl Thompson, acquired in “The Trade”, has looked good this spring.
These guys all had shoulder surgery, so their road back is going to be tough. We’ll keep an eye on them for you this summer.