We are only a few sleeps away from the start of games in spring training. The Cincinnati Reds will take on the Cleveland Guardians on Saturday afternoon at 3:05pm ET. You can watch the game on Bally Sports Ohio or MLB.tv (out of market). Here’s the up to date television schedule for spring training, just in case you want to put games on your calendar – there are 11 potential games for you to watch as I type this. While the game is still a few days away, we know a handful of the pitchers who will take the mound for Cincinnati on Saturday.

  • Carson Spiers
  • Fernando Cruz
  • Buck Farmer
  • Justin Bruihl
  • Brooks Kriske

It’s unlikely those are the only five guys who will pitch for the Reds, but those are the five guys who were listed by Cincinnati on Wednesday.

Three of those guys saw time with the Reds last season. Fernando Cruz and Buck Farmer were bullpen staples. Carson Spiers saw action towards the end of the year, making two starts and two relief appearances with the club. All three are on the Cincinnati 40-man roster.

Justin Bruihl and Brooks Kriske are not on the 40-man roster. And neither played with the Reds last season. Bruihl posted a 5.46 ERA in 28.0 innings between his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies in 2023. Kriske made four appearances with the Kansas City Royals last year, giving up three runs in 6.2 innings (4.05 ERA).

Buck Farmer is probably a lock for the opening day roster. Fernando Cruz may not be, but might have a leg up on a lot of guys entering the spring games. The other three are likely on the outside looking in and will need to really stand out to make the club. Spiers being on the 40-man helps him, but in both the rotation and bullpen he’s down the depth chart.

6 Responses

  1. Rednat

    Thanks Doug. I am excited about Reds baseball. There will be injuries (already are) regressions from last year but overall I think we can compete this year. The pitching is there

  2. Melvin

    Kind of a strange pitching combo to start out with but it is ST and anything can happen. At least it’s starting.

  3. RedsGettingBetter

    I would think Buck Farmer and Fernando Cruz have the target on the same spot. Farmer is on a major league deal with no options while Cruz still has so Farmer is ahead but have to pitch well in ST. If Cruz is going nice and Farmer isn’t maybe it will be complicated to the Reds staff to decide who reach that spot for opening day…

  4. doofus

    A lotta “ifs” on this squad. There is a bunch of pitching. Most of it is young. All have question marks next to their name. Can a couple of starters cobble a full season of good results? Will the bullpen be good enough? If so, then maybe this team advances into the playoffs.

  5. Jason

    Can’t wait to see the petty kid take the mound. Kids got a heater!!! How long we gotta wait!!! Put in the young arm

  6. Max

    REDS never have ENOUGH pitching because they get TIRED from warming up every game(Starters are weak spot).