The Reds finally won a game yesterday, beating the world champs 6-2. The Reds are now 1-6 this spring. Wins and losses are meaningless in the spring (the Cubs went 11-19 last year), and players stats don’t mean much more. That being said, here are some of the early numbers that stand out through the first seven games.
Amir Garrett has been impressive through his first two starts (4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K). Yesterday, Garrett pitched three scoreless innings against the Cubs (who had Bryant, Zobrist, Heyward, Russell, and Contreras in the lineup). Bryan Price has been impressed with Garrett’s changeup and slider. If Garrett keeps pitching well, he could force the Reds’ hand at the end of the spring (although the Reds would be better off bringing him up in May for service time reasons).
Jose Peraza is 7 for 12 (1.417 OPS) with 3 stolen bases in 4 games. Peraza had the second-most at-bats of any player for the Reds last spring, and hit .281/.299/.406. It’s encouraging to see the Reds’ new second baseman get off to a hot start swinging the bat, but disappointing that he has yet to draw a walk.
Arismendy Alcantara is just 1 for 13, and has already committed 3 errors this spring. He is out of options, so the Reds could possibly lose him if he doesn’t make the club out of camp. A guy who could be looking to take Alcantara’s spot as the utility man is Hernan Iribarren. He is 6 for 12 so far.
Jesse Winker is 1 for 11 with 1 BB and 5 K. The best bet for Winker would be probably be to start the season at AAA, and get called up around May for service time. If Winker even wants the Reds to think about that, he will have to show something.
Several of the Reds regulars are off to slow starts: Joey Votto (1 for 11), Billy Hamilton (2 for 10), Scott Schebler (1 for 10), and Adam Duvall (1 for 9).
Eugenio Suarez, Zack Cozart, and Ryan Raburn have each hit a home run this spring.
Robert Stephenson (1.o IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, o K) and Drew Storen (o.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) were both hit hard in their only appearances. Stephenson will be on the mound again today for the Reds.
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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.