Linky, linky….

–Pitchers and catchers report to spring training at the Reds’ new facility in Goodyear, Arizona, on February 18. The Reds have released a list of players who have been invited to major league camp, and there is one notable name missing. How in the #[email protected]#@ do the Reds invite Alexander Smit and Phillippe Valiquette, but fail to invite Matt Klinker?

–Ummmm…the Enquirer’s headline here scares me to death: “Aroldis Chapman getting accustomed to the Cincinnati Reds’ way“. Good grief, I hope not.

Kidding aside, it’s awesome that new pitching coach Bryan Price speaks Spanish. As the Reds try to position themselves as a good option for Latin American players, having a bilingual pitching coach to go along with Mario Soto roaming around the minor leagues is a great idea.

–Mark Sheldon reports that Chris Heisey wants to play in the big leagues in 2010. Heisey certainly did everything he could last year to put himself in a good position to realize his dream.

–The Reds and Dodgers are going to play in Vegas at the end of spring training. Sounds like a good excuse for a road trip!

–Shawn looks back at the 1976 Reds, and we all know how much fun that is for fans of the present-day franchise.

–RedLegs Baseball continues its series by profiling 2007 #1 draft pick Devin Mesoraco.

–This is what happens when you procrastinate. Red Reporter has begun a “Visitor’s Guide” series for Cincinnati. One of our loyal commenters suggested that very thing a long time ago, and it’s one of the items on my to-do list. I have a lot of thoughts and opinions on “best practices” when visiting the Queen City for Reds-related activities, so I’ll probably get around to our own guide soon. In the meantime, check out RR’s; it’s good stuff.

23 Responses

  1. CeeKeR

    I wonder if there is something to be said for keeping foreign players on their own throwing schedule as opposed to the “correct way.” I know that Dice-K complained about the Red Sox babying his arm… Obviously, I get the financial reasons for doing so…but I wonder if a player is accustomed to a certain training regimen, maybe it’s better to let that player keep it (in response to turning Chapman’s “year round baseball approach” into a “seasonal approach”).

  2. JustTheFacts

    What the heck? Why does Matt Klinker keep getting overlooked? All the prospect rankings keep putting him around 15th, he didn’t get an invite to Redsfest. And now ST. Am I wacked here, but doesn’t Matt’s numbers look a lot Johnny Cueto’s two years ago? Didn’t both cover the top three levels, and didn’t both have numbers that improved at each level? Didn’t both spend about the same amount of time at each level?

    Look at this:
    Player Age Level ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
    Cueto 21 A_adv 3.33 14 14 78.1 72 34 29 3 21 72 1.187 8.3 0.3 2.4 8.3 3.43
    Klinker 24 A_adv 4.89 9 9 42.1 53 26 23 3 8 42 1.441 11.3 0.6 1.7 8.9 5.25

    Cueto 21 AA 3.1 10 10 61 52 24 21 6 11 77 1.033 7.7 0.9 1.6 11.4 7
    Klinker 24 AA 2.95 6 6 36.2 27 12 12 6 13 40 1.091 6.6 1.5 3.2 9.8 3.08

    Cueto 21 AAA 2.05 4 4 22 22 5 5 2 2 21 1.091 9 0.8 0.8 8.6 10.5
    Klinker 24 AAA 2.48 5 5 29 22 10 8 0 13 30 1.207 6.8 0 4 9.3 2.31

  3. JustTheFacts

    Words of wisdom… never post angry.

  4. Mark in CC

    “Mark Sheldon reports that Chris Heisey wants to play in the big leagues in 2010.”

    Suppose he had to sit up all night figuring this out. Could this not be said about everyone under baseball contract and most of us as well.

  5. GRF

    I am not sure either Heisney or Stubbs will be viable every day players, but both are 25 and both have had plenty of minor league ABs, including AAA time. Really hope the Reds use this year to find out what they can do.

  6. Matt WI

    @preach: I guess you have to think about it as a human interest story rather than news, per se. This has to be the worst time of year for beat writers. Anyways, it beats having to watch ESPN snuggle with Brett Favre.

  7. david

    @Mark in CC: Obviously. I think the point is that he has a legit chance of being on the Reds’ roster and wants to take the opportunity to prove he is ready. According to Marty, a Reds’ corporate event had depth charts and listed Heisey as the no. one LF. To me, it comes down to Francisco or Heisey. I still think Frazier makes the team as a super utility guy.

    @Matt WI: I am surprised more writers aren’t taking a good long look at the Reds’ pitching rotation. It is full of questions. The Reds have a ton of flexibility right now. Francisco, Frazier, Heisey, Alonso, are all decent trade chips. I’d like to see the Reds add a good young arm to fill out the rotation. I’m not happy with our AAA options at this point.

  8. Travis G.

    “Arredondo, 26 in March, has a 3.48 ERA with an impressive 8.7 K/9 in 106 big league relief innings,” according to MLB Trade Rumors.

    Nice value signing there, and good work by the scouting department.

  9. hoosierdad

    The problem, though, is that he is due to have Tommy John surgery and will not be pitching at all in 2010. So, the Reds will have a 27 year old pitcher just coming off of TJ surgery who hasn’t pitched in a year. This year is era was 6.00.

  10. Mark in CC

    The Mesaraco story on Redlegs Baseball site is excellent.

  11. preach

    From Friday’s Columbus Dispatch:

    The Cincinnati Reds were among the teams represented at a throwing session in Monroe, La., for former Milwaukee ace Ben Sheets, who is hoping to return after a year off following elbow surgery.

    Most scouts refused to comment, but Mariners scout John Stearns, who managed the Clippers in 2007 and ’08, told the local newspaper that he was impressed by Sheets and that he was going to “give him a strong recommendation to our organization.”

    Reds general manager Walt Jocketty, meanwhile, sounded like a man who was looking for a bargain and realized he wasn’t going to get one. “I’m not sure if it makes sense,” he told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “He’s still asking for a good financial package.”

    One report had Sheets likely to get a deal similar to the one-year, $7.5 million contract St. Louis gave Brad Penny.

    • Matt WI

      I like that Jocketty’s quote could be miscontrued to mean that it doesn’t makes sense that Sheets is asking for a good fiancial package… which, in it’s own way, makes sense.

      preach: From Friday’s Columbus Dispatch:The Cincinnati Reds were among the teams represented at a throwing session in Monroe, La., for former Milwaukee ace Ben Sheets, who is hoping to return after a year off following elbow surgery.Most scouts refused to comment, but Mariners scout John Stearns, who managed the Clippers in 2007 and ‘08, told the local newspaper that he was impressed by Sheets and that he was going to “give him a strong recommendation to our organization.”Reds general manager Walt Jocketty, meanwhile, sounded like a man who was looking for a bargain and realized he wasn’t going to get one. “I’m not sure if it makes sense,” he told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “He’s still asking for a good financial package.”One report had Sheets likely to get a deal similar to the one-year, $7.5 million contract St. Louis gave Brad Penny.

  12. preach

    @Matt WI: Yeah, that is an interesting quote. It also made it sound like “well, he’s better than we thought he would be, so we won’t be signing him.”

    I like the fact that Walt is still looking through the bargain bin. Hopefully we can get something closer to Josh Hamilton than Willy Taveras.

  13. Matt WI

    @preach: Agreed. You know, Sheets is a guy that I wouldn’t want to pay but I don’t want to face either. Send him to the AL please… or at least not in the NL Central… Cubs, ahem.