Things are well under way out in Arizona, and there are a number of items which, if not particularly newsworthy, are interesting to those of us starved for Reds info:

–We’re going to know something today about Jonny Gomes. The Reds have offered him a minor league deal, with an invite to Spring Training. I can guarantee this: Darnell McDonald won’t make the Opening Day roster over Gomes this year.

Homer Bailey has arrived, minus the fanfare of his debut in Cincinnati, but with all the promise still intact. This, to me, is the most interesting thing to watch in 2010. How will Bailey adjust? Can’t wait to find out.

According to Dusty Baker, Ramon Hernandez has the edge for playing time at catcher. Why? Because he’s clutch, of course. I don’t have time to dig into the statistics…but I will, I assure you.

–The Reds — and Johnny Cueto — think that the fact Cueto skipped winter ball will help him log more innings in the regular season. (1) That’s a good thing, in principle; and (B) I hope Dusty doesn’t use this as an opportunity to see if he can work Cueto until his young arm falls off.

–Sheldon has some additional notes from spring camp.

17 Responses

  1. Steve Price

    I heard on XM Radio’s Homeplate yesterday…

    1) Aroldis Chapman was throwing 98 mph but had no idea where the ball was going.

    2) Edinson Volquez was long tossing 130 feet which was way ahead of schedule.

  2. Dave E.

    I am really worried about Bailey holding up all year. That Verducci effect thing is quite compelling.

  3. Travis G.

    I don’t think we need to worry too much about Hernandez taking away playing time from Hanigan. He is, after all, a 33-year-old catcher coming off knee surgery. Hanigan will get plenty of chances to show what he can do, one way or another.

    I’m a little worried about the Verducci effect on Bailey, as well, and his motion looks excruciating in action photos. Great news about Volquez, though.

  4. Jeff

    Here are the stats from last year comparing Hernandez to Hanigan. I pulled this from the article by Mark Sheldon.

    For a club that often had anemic run production last season, Hernandez never had trouble stepping up when it counted. His .328 (21-for-64) average with runners in scoring position was second to Joey Votto (.336) on the team. It was also 70 points higher than his .258 average overall. Hernandez’s on-base percentage with runners in scoring position was .428 compared to .336 overall.

    Hernandez is a career .262 hitter but bats .287 with a .357 OBP when runners are in scoring position.

    Last season, Hanigan batted .149 (7-for-47) with a .268 OBP with runners in scoring position while notching only 11 RBIs. He was a .263 hitter with a .361 OBP overall. However, he did spend a lot of time batting eighth ahead of the pitcher.

  5. preach

    @Jeff:

    So, Jeff…you are saying that Ramon is a ‘clutch’ player…..

    While I’m a little skeptical of such things (though not like others on this site), it always was disturbing to watch Hanigan come to the plate with someone on base last season. 7-47 really, really stinks, especially if you are not a power hitter.

  6. Mark in CC

    It will be interesting to see what a winter of inactivity does for Johnny C. Those young men who are used to throwing year round sometimes don’t fare that well when they stop that regular routine.

  7. GregD

    @Jeff: It would have been interesting to see Hanigan bat 2nd last year.

    The hits didn’t come with runners on base last year. Is it because he can’t or just because he didn’t? We’re looking at 47 at-bats, which is about 2 weeks worth of full-time play. Is he really scarred for his Reds career for 47 at-bats?

  8. Kevin Mitchell is Batman

    @GregD: It’s not like Hanigan was 21 last year, either. He’ll be 30 this season, so hitting with runners on base should be something he’s had the opportunity to work on for some time now.

    And, he has 22 career RBI’s in 126 career games. His OBP would be nice in the 2 slot, but his ZERO career SB’s sure wouldn’t.

  9. GregD

    Hanigan has 69 career MLB at-bats with RISP.
    He has 312 minor league at-bats with RISP. He has .274 AVG and .374 OBP in the minors with RISP.

  10. Mark in CC

    Micah Owings had the same number of Home Runs and one less RBI in 200 less at bats and he seldom batted in the 2 hole either. In fact he usually drove in the runs Hanigan didn’t.

    • RedinFla

      Mark in CC: Micah Owings had the same number of Home Runs and one less RBI in 200 less at bats and he seldom batted in the 2 hole either. In fact he usually drove in the runs Hanigan didn’t.

      Holy Smokes. 😯

  11. Travis G.

    You guys are acting like there would have been someone for the number 2 guy to knock in…

    • hoosierdad

      Travis G.: You guys are acting like there would have been someone for the number 2 guy to knock in…

      Great point. Love the humor!