Andrew Knapp entered spring training in a battle to try and win the Cincinnati Reds backup catcher spot. After going hitless in 10 plate appearances while watching Aramis Garcia crush five home runs, the Reds reassigned Knapp to minor league camp earlier this week. While Knapp did have an opt out clause in his contract that he could use if he didn’t make the big league roster, he did not get a chance to make that decision as the team released him before that date.

While it’s not yet official because a trade or a waiver wire pick up, or even a potential injury could change things, that would leave Aramis Garcia as the backup catcher to Tyler Stephenson. The loss of Knapp does change up the depth beyond the big league level, though. Mark Kolozsvary is on the 40-man roster and now would appear to be a clear #3 catcher on the depth chart. Where he will begin the season, though, still is unknown as despite the Louisville Bats beginning their season tonight at 6:35pm, as of 1:15pm ET they have not yet released their opening day roster.

Reds released Shogo Akiyama

Shortly after this article went live the Reds announced that they had released outfielder Shogo Akiyama. We have more on that here if you’re interested in reading about it.

Max Schrock to the 60-day injured list

While the move won’t be official until Thursday, manager David Bell told the media prior to this afternoon’s game that Max Schrock will begin the season on the 60-day injured list with a calf strain. Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer was the first to report it, beating others by a matter of seconds to the tweet. That will open up one of the needed 40-man roster spots.

Todd Frazier hangs ’em up

This morning former Cincinnati Red Todd Frazier announced his retirement from Major League Baseball. Frazier was a 2-time All-Star (2014 and 2015) and the home run derby champion in 2015 that took place at Great American Ball Park. He played last season with the Pirates, getting into 13 games. For his career he saw action in parts of 11 seasons and hit .241/.318/.445 with 212 doubles, 15 triples, 218 home runs, and he stole 73 bases – including a career best 20 in 2014.

12 Responses

  1. AllTheHype

    Hate to see Schrock out that long the way he was crushing the ball. It’s not just a Spring Training thing with that dude. He’s been solid for a long time and will be a very useful contributor to the roster. We all just have to wait for that, unfortunately.

  2. Mark Moore

    Thank you, Todd, for some great years. I first saw you at the AA level after we moved to the Raleigh area. You played the kind of hard-nosed baseball we fans love to see.

    • MK

      Thinking of Bobby Aubrey and Todd, I wonder how many swings have changed for the worse after Home Run Derby success.

      Actually saw Todd at shortstop for the Dayton Dragons. Actually was promoted from Billings late in the season to play shortstop in the playoffs.

    • Chris

      Such a great guy. I remember being so excited about the trio of Frazier, Heisey, and Cozart. Three very solid MLB players who had their moments, albeit a little more briefly than hoped.

  3. CFD3000

    No surprise on Knapp. Here’s hoping Tyler Stephenson stays healthy. It could be a big dropoff after him. What has held Chris Okey back? He was a high draft pick but has never developed to threaten a 40 man spot. Is he still a prospect in any way, or just a basic minor league catcher?

    • Max BRAGG

      I like Chris being plate , But can’t hit SLIDER!

  4. SteveO

    So, Garcia, Drury and Farmer get the spots vacated by Dunn, Schrock and Akiyama. That still leaves 1 spot needed when Lodolo makes his debut next week. I see that Lively is starting for Louisville tonight, so another possibility would be to leave a spot open and not give it to Farmer. Put O’Brien in the pen until the Lodolo transaction.

  5. Redsvol

    Wish Knapp would have accepted an assignment for a month or two. Its doubtful both catchers will make it without a stint to the DL. Really bummed that we won’t see Shrock for 60 days. Seems like he would provide a lot of value at beginning of season when its taking the veterans time to get their timing down. Dude was on fire this spring training and last one too. At least it saved someone’s roster spot for a couple more months.

    @doug – what has Alejo Lopez done to not get a chance this year. Seems like the organization is very sour on him this spring. Surely he deserves a chance before Drury?

    Thanks to Todd Frazier for a few really good years in GABP. He had a fine career as a Red.

  6. MK

    Didn’t take long Knapp has a job with the Pirates.

  7. Old-school

    Phil Castellini today said there is 0% chance they sell the team.