Our friend Tom Nichols is continuing his preview of the Cincinnati’s low-A farm team, the beloved Dayton Dragons, over at the Dragons website. There’s quite a lengthy description of the career (thus far) of Ronald Torreyes from the VSL to the Arizona Rookie League to the Dragons last year. Tom doesn’t say that Torreyes will make this team, but feels that his performance at the end of last season gives him the opportunity to make it out of Spring Training.
He then takes us through some other possibilities:
Devin Lohman was drafted as a shortstop by the Reds in the third round in 2010 and received a reported $363,600 to sign with Cincinnati….Lohman will play second or third, depending in large part on what the Reds decide to do with Torreyes.
Lohman started strong with Billings and was batting .310 exactly one month into the season. However, he hit just .182 in the month of August and finished at .239. He hit one home run and drove in 31 runs but committed 23 errors in 64 games….Those who have seen him play say that despite the modest numbers at Billings, Lohman could be one of the Midwest League’s better hitters with the Dragons in 2011.
Couple of other candidates for backup infield roles:
Adam Muenster was the Reds 29th round draft pick last June ….signed with the Reds, he was sent to the AZL affiliate in Goodyear and played primarily second base. He struggled at the plate, batting .214 without a home run. He also saw some action at third base. He will be a candidate for a back-up infield job with the Dragons
He also talks about Cristobal Rodriguez as a possible backup…but I don’t see him being an impact player, if making this team at all.
Torreyes and Lohman are intriguing players, I’m really looking forward to seeing Torreyes. Hopefully he and Billy Hamilton will be the DP combination when the season starts in Dayton.