The Reds have announced the players who will participate in the Arizona Fall League.

From Louisville:

OF Drew Stubbs
RHP Charles (Carlos) Fisher

From Chattanooga:

RHP Robert Manuel
LHP Pedro Viola
OF Sean Henry
INF Chris Valaika
INF Justin Turner

All will play for the Peoria Javalinas, whose pitching coach will be Louisville’s Ted Power.

6 Responses

  1. Sultan of Swaff

    I don’t think it’s inconceivable to see Valaika in a Reds uniform next season. Like most Reds farmhands, the strikeouts concern me. We don’t have many high OBP guys. Robert Manual is definitely a sleeper—exceptional K/BB ratio. Does anyone have a report on this guy? It appears we have some depth in relief pitching at the higher levels, which will save us the headache of signing over the hill free agents to fill those holes.

  2. doug

    89-93 MPH fastball with movement. He throws a slider/cut fastball as well and a great change up.

  3. Mark in CC

    Manuel isn’t very big which typically doesn’t bode well long term.

    When I watched him at Dayton I didn’t think Valaika would have the range to be a major league shortstop. I thought then they should convert him to catcher. Maybe he will replace EE at third.

  4. Sultan of Swaff

    Yeah, for Valaika’s size, bumping him to second base would seem like the move, but Turner has been his DP partner coming up. Unless AGonzalez comes back 100% next season, it just seems silly to not explore moving Phillips to short, since we would have a host of potential second basemen. It’s always been Jocketty’s preference as well–to fill that position with kids and journeymen.

  5. Matt Steele

    Jim Callis of Baseball America said today in a chat that Valaika is the Reds 2b of the future. Not sure what that will mean for Brandon Phillips. Hopefully we don’t trade him too hahahaha (that was a very nervous sarcastic laugh lol)

  6. GregD

    Phillips would certainly be a good “sell high” candidate. I don’t see him handling pressure as the Reds “veteran presence” well. Expecting him to be the centerpiece and #3 hitter next year would be bad news for the Reds offense, imho.