From MLB.com transactions:
1/4/08 Cincinnati Reds
Claimed OF Jeff Fiorentino off waivers from the Orioles; Signed RHP Jim Brower, INF Jolbert Cabrera, INF Andy Green, INF Andy Phillips and LHP Adam Pettyjohn to Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training.
From Baseball America:
Signed: RHP Dan Denham, LHP Chris Michalak, LHP Luca Panerati, LHP Adam Pettyjohn, LHP Matteo Pizziconi, 1B Kevin Barker, 1B Andy Phillips, 2B Andrew Green, 3B Jolbert Cabrera
Released: RHP Thomas Pauly, 2B Billy Rojo
Traded: OF Josh Hamilton to Rangers for RHP Edinson Volquez and LHP Danny Ray Herrera
The Reds signed two players from Italy, Panerati and Pizziconi, and it is the former who has the higher ceiling. The 6-foot-1, 156-pound Panerati, who turned 18 in December, pitched for Italy in the World Cup in Taiwan, the highlight coming when he struck out Cardinals top prospect Colby Rasmus. Panerati had struggled a year earlier against Team USA at the IBAF World Junior Championship in Cuba. He was named the top pitcher at the European Junior Championships when he was 17, pitching 12 1/3 scoreless innings with 14 strikeouts. Panerati’s fastball currently tops out at 86 mph with some life, and the pitch should gain velocity as his frame fills out. His go-to pitch is his changeup, which sits in the mid-70s and tails away from righthanders. He also throws a curveball. Pizziconi turned 18 in October, and at 6-foot-2 and 165 pounds he is another slender Italian lefthander. His delivery has some deception and his fastball tops out in the high-80s, but his secondary stuff is rudimentary. (Ben Badler)
Look for some combination of Phillips and Barker to man 1B and DH at Louisville. Green and Cabrera will probably combine to fill 2B and 3B at Louisville. Fiorentino will most likely start in the OF at Louisville. Brower, Michalak, and Pettyjohn should all help fill out the pitching staff at Louisville.
Denham was a resign, he was obtained in a trade from Oakland, last season I believe, and will most likely be at AA.
It will be interesting to see how the two international signings, Panerati and Pizziconi from Italy, fare next season. My best guess is that Panerati may start in A ball and Pizziconi at one of the Rookie level squads.
I was sorry to see that Redleg Nation Spotlight player Thomas Pauly was released. He was once a top Reds pitching prospect until sidelined by arm injuries. Best wishes Thomas.