The Cincinnati Reds (0-0) will play their first official spring training game today! The Reds take on the Giants at 3:05 PM at Scottsdale Stadium. Today’s game will not be broadcast on TV, but is available on 700 WLW (you can find the full schedule of TV and radio broadcasts here)
The Reds will be sending Rookie Davis to the hill to kick off 2017. Davis is currently the Reds #9 prospect according to MLB Pipeline. He missed some time last year with a groin injury, but still posted a 2.94 ERA in 19 starts. Davis was promoted to AAA at the end of the season, and struggled in four starts with a 7.50 ERA. He has done a good job limiting walks and home runs at the AA level, but his strikeouts are way down from early in his professional career (6.48 in 2015, 5.52 in 2016).
- Jose Peraza 2B
- Arismendy Alcantara CF
- Scott Schebler RF
- Adam Duvall LF
- Jesse Winker DH
- Patrick Kivlehan 1B
- Rob Brantley C
- Tony Renda 3B
- Zach Vencej SS
Joey Votto, Billy Hamilton, Eugenio Suarez, Tucker Barnhart, and Devin Mesoraco are not on the travel roster for today’s game according to C. Trent Rosecrans.
The Reds will get to see their new full-time second baseman Jose Peraza right out of the gates. Arismendy Alcantara is a former top prospect with the Cubs that the Reds claimed this off-season. He can play just about every position. Chad Dotson wrote two articles about him back in October: Reds claim Arismendy Alcantara and Brandon Phillips vs Arismendy Alcantara.
You know about Scott Schebler, Adam Duvall, Tony Renda and the Reds current #3 prospect Jesse Winker.
The Reds claimed Patrick Kivlehan during the last week of the 2016 season, and he appeared in three games for the club. Kivlehan has a career .814 OPS in the minors, and is an interesting player to watch.
Rob Brantley is not much of a hitter, but he has appeared in 112 MLB games (last game was in 2015). Zach Vincej posted a .708 OPS playing SS for AA-Pensacola last season, and was impressive at the Arizona Fall League posting a 1.101 OPS with 4 HR in 20 games.
Are you guys excited? Reds baseball is here! Well, sort of. Opening Day is still five weeks from Monday. Hopefully the Reds can sort out some of their questions this spring and put together a competitive ball club for 2017. Go Reds!
Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.