The Cincinnati Reds and the Texas Rangers kick off the Spring Breakout series this evening at Surprise Stadium. This game will feature prospect teams from both organizations facing off against one another. There is no radio broadcast, but you can watch the game on MLB.com or MLB.tv (it is not currently listed, though). First pitch this evening is set for 6:05pm ET. The big league game between the Reds and Rangers will follow this contest.

Reds and Rangers Lineups

Reds

Rangers

1 Carlos Jorge CF Sebastian Walcott SS
2 Michael Trautwein C Anthony Gutierrez CF
3 Sal Stewart 2B Abimelec Ortiz 1B
4 Carlos Sanchez SS Cam Cauley 2B
5 Tyler Callihan DH Yeison Morrobel DH
6 Hector Rodriguez LF Aaron Zavala RF
7 Ethan O’Donnell RF Braylin Morel LF
8 Cam Collier 3B Jesus Lopez C
9 Austin Callahan 1B Jonathan Ornelas 3B
10 Julian Aguiar RHP Brock Porter RHP

Reserve players on today’s Reds roster

Pitchers Catchers
Ty Floyd Alfredo Duno
Ryan Cardona Mat Nelson
Hunter Parks Infielders
Cody Adcock Victor Acosta
Gabe Starks Edwin Arroyo
Andrew Moore Cade Hunter
Arij Fransen Outfielders
Anyer Laureano Jay Allen II
Rhett Lowder Esmith Pineda
Jacob Hurtubise

Where to watch/listen/follow the game

This game will be television only. You can watch the game on MLB.com (here’s the link), MLB.tv, or the MLB app. If you want to follow along with gameday, here is your link for that. The stadium they are playing in does not have pitch or batted ball tracking, so if you are following on gameday just know that pitch location isn’t accurate and pitch counts may not be, either – it’s just going to be a box score that’s updated as the game goes along.

News and Notes

The Rules

  • There is no 3-batter rule for pitchers.
  • Pitchers can be removed and re-enter the game at a later point.
  • Position players can not re-enter the game once removed unless it is to replace an injured player.
  • There will be a pitch clock.
  • Teams will be limited to seven mound visits.
  • Pitchcom is allowed to be used.
  • The game will be played with the Triple-A baseball.
  • The game is scheduled to be a 7-inning contest.

The Coaches

  • Jose Moreno – Manager
  • Todd Naskedov – Pitching Coach
  • Daryle Ward – Hitting Coach
  • Dick Shofield – First Base Coach
  • Lenny Harris – Third Base Coach
  • Vince Harrison – Coach
  • Francisco Rodriguez-Castillo – Performance Coach

The follow up

Unlike the big league games, there won’t be a recap to follow this game. Instead we will just include some highlights/notes from the game in the big league game recap once that game has completed. We will have a separate big league game thread for the game set to follow this one (scheduled first pitch is at 9:05pm ET).

32 Responses

  1. DaveCT

    “Strong bench” might be an understatement. The objective is to win the game, right?

  2. AllTheHype

    Would be lovely if we have pitch data on gameday for this game. Guessing we will not though.

    • Doug Gray

      The Rangers stadium hasn’t had it in the past for any games, so I doubt you’re going to get it today.

  3. Brian Rutherford

    Love the line up! Exciting young players to look forward to. Thanks for making us aware of this Doug.

    • Greenfield Red

      I just looked at the Reds new top 30 on mlb. 25 are 22 or younger. Even after all the call ups, they have wave after wave coming

  4. Greenfield Red

    Surprised to see Sal Stewart at 2b.

    • DaveCT

      They tried him there a game or two last year and it has been discussed going into this year, in part due to his athleticism being greater than anticipated.

  5. Randy in Chatt

    I’m looking for the direct link to watch the game and I cannot find anything on MLB.com. Does anyone have the link to actually watch the game yet?

    • Pete

      If you download MLB app, you will see the game listed. I do not see the game listed on MLB.TV. Anyone have information on this??

      • Melvin

        I’m watching it on my tv with MLB app. Just have to scroll down to find it.

  6. Randy in Chatt

    I have the app and don’t see yet where the Breakout game will be televised.

    • Pete

      Click on the preview and you should see it. Separate links for the Rangers and the Reds. Good luck.

      • Randy in Chatt

        It showed up now but I am still looking for a link to watch it on my TV.

        Thanks!

      • Pete

        I would think the link will pop up once the game starts. I don’t think there’s any type of pregame but I could be wrong. Doug might know.

        You have to say one thing for the NFL if you’re willing to spend enough money, you can watch every game with the greatest of ease. God knows they milk every dollar from their fans but at least you have that option. Go reds!

  7. PTBNL

    If you are following on Gameday, it got started late and now it is wrong. It was Cam Collier who went deep to LC field not O’Donnell.

  8. LarkinPhillips

    It’s amazing that there is a major league production crew in that stadium for the second game, yet we are getting a broadcast equivalent to a high school game. MLB does such a poor job of trying to grow the sport.

    • Melvin

      They know how to make money though. 😉 Anyone want to bet on the game? 🙂

  9. Harry Stoner

    Nice to know Lenny Harris is still out there.

    The guy’s a mensch.

  10. Jason Franklin

    Lowder looks pretty good in these games. When do you guys think he will be up this year?

    • Melvin

      I think he’ll be ready faster the most think. In some years he might make the opening day roster. When he will be up I don’t know.

    • LarkinPhillips

      First time I’ve seen him pitch. Very impressed today. I’d still like to see 5 or so starts and dominate at AA to start the year, and then move to AAA.

    • Oldtimer

      Unlikely this year. Opening Day next year.

      • Jason Franklin

        You may be right, Old Timer, you have the experience more then I do. But I hope the Reds surprise us and don’t keep running out a stinker when they have talent to use in AA/AAA.

      • LarkinPhillips

        @jason hopefully the depth is deep enough that they’re not rolling a stinker out there this year. Phillips, Richardson, spiers are all decent options at AAA starting the year.

  11. Melvin

    Hurtubise with a flare hit. I think his talents are underrated. He knows how to get on base.

    • David

      Yes, it is just 90 feet from home plate to 1st base. He knows where it is! 😉

      Hurtibise is a good contact hitter. I am not so sure that ability sells anymore in the Majors. Everybody has to have extra-base power, and hit home runs.
      That used to be good, fundamental baseball. And now everybody is told to uppercut their swing to generate a launch angle.
      Like managers only having their starters pitch 5-6 innings of “maximum’ effort. A big, fashionable set of ideas that has taken over baseball, that may not be making it a better game.

      • Melvin

        I wander if guys like Griffey and Geranamo from the Big Red Machine would still be considered valuable now. Should be but probably not.

      • Jason Franklin

        @Melvin Heck yes they would be. Griffey Sr averaged 4-5 WAR range and great defense with some speed, plus low strikeouts and high OBP. He would probably be an All-Star with those stats (like 74-76 Reds). Even for his career he had nearly 40 WAR and and an OPS+ of 118. Sorry for all the nerdy numbers, but he was valuable.

      • Melvin

        Well he was to me. I just don’t know how valuable he would be to others if he were playing today. Geranamo would be less valuable playing in today’s game for sure even though he was one of the “Great Eight”.

  12. 2020ball

    What an awful broadcast for something Ive seen advertised multiple times with the typical big fanfare that MLB uses often. Play it somewhere that has the infrastructure, the Pirates game looks great.