2017 Spring Training

Goodyear journal 3/23

The Reds B-team made the trip this afternoon to Camelback Ranch to play the Chicago White Sox. The Camelback Ranch facility is gorgeous and shared by the White Sox and Dodgers and about 20 minutes north of Goodyear Ballpark.

Camelback Ranch, home of Dodgers and White Sox

In a welcome development, last night’s storm that shortened the game with the Cubs brought much cooler weather, with temperatures in the low 70s. It was a beautiful day. Camelback Ranch: Free parking – check; Free program – check; Pitch speed on scoreboard – fail.

Notes from Reds vs. White Sox

Bronson Arroyo pitched four innings. The White Sox started to hit him better the second time through the lineup. That’s when he gave up the 2-run homer. But overall, Arroyo held them in check. I had a chance to interact with him before the game. I was on the centerfield lawn taking a picture and Bronson was warming up running in front of me. It was basically the two of us and he looked up and I said “Don’t forget to duck this time.” He laughed and said “That wasn’t the problem. I ducked right into it.”

Bronson Arroyo running before his start

Billy Hamilton was back in the lineup after sitting out for four days with a sore Achilles tendon. Hamilton DH’d, hit lead-off and made two easy outs, a pop-up and high fly ball.

Todd Frazier played 3B for the White Sox. Arroyo got him out twice, on a pop-up to the SS and a strikeout. Frazier’s walk-up music is still Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me To the Moon.”

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Jose Peraza, who the Reds acquired in the Frazier trade, played SS. He had several opportunities and made them all. One was particularly difficult, a ground ball hit deep in the hole at short. He fielded it and made the throw to 1B, beating the runner. My sense was his arm is average, not as strong as Zack Cozart’s. He also made a nice play charging a ground ball. On the downside, he was picked off first base as a runner. That happened to him several times last year.

Jose Peraza at the plate

Fans, particularly Red Sox fans, used to make fun of Derek Jeter by mocking the number of times the broadcaster said “just out of the reach of a diving Derek Jeter” implicitly criticizing the Yankee SS’s range. That came to mind twice watching Arismendy Alcántara this week. Today, playing 2B, he didn’t get to a ground ball, a play it looked like he should make. If I were on the borderline of making a major league roster, I would have dove for it.

Ryan Raburn may make the team, but if he does, it will fly in the face of all the talk we’ve heard about choosing players that offer a lot of flexibility. Raburn played RF today and not only looked lead-footed, he didn’t get good reads on a couple balls. It’s hard to imagine him contributing in any way other than as a power bat off the bench. That would be the opposite of the organization’s stated goals for bench players.

 Get me a front row seat on the Taylor Trammell bandwagon, at least for a day. The 19-year-old (!) draft pick played the final three innings and was a standout. In his one AB, he launched a long, opposite field hit over the left fielders head. It was scored as a single because Stuart Turner was running in front of him and didn’t break on the hit. Without Stuart in the way, that’s a double or triple for the speedy Trammell. Also, Trammell made an outstanding defensive play (details below). Reminder that Trammell was a standout high school football player in Georgia. He’s not skinny like Billy Hamilton. He’s built solid. Athletic. More than speed. Lots of promise.

Taylor Trammell hits opposite field bomb

A couple other minor leaguers got in the game. Eric Jagielo (Chapman trade) played 1B and got a single. Alfredo Rodriguez (Cuba) played SS and easily converted the one play he had. Both Jagielo and Trammell got their hits off Zack Birdi, the White Sox #1 pick last year who features a triple-digit fastball.

Barrett Astin gave up a walk and ground-ball single, but his sinker was causing the White Sox bats – major league players – to pound the ball into the ground. Just sayin’. Blake Wood and Tony Cingrani pitched.

Defensive play of the game goes to Taylor Trammell, who charged and dove forward on a line drive to CF, recording the third out of the 8th inning with runners on base. Trammell covered a lot of ground and had quick reaction. Honorable mention to Jose Peraza’s play mentioned above.

Heard a rumor that in light of the report about the injuries Raisel Iglesias sustained to his hip and back, the Reds are investing in the latest no-slip technology and will provide it to all players.

• As promised, picture from Matt’s Big Breakfast this morning.

Cheese and onion omelet, home fries, toast and preserves

23 thoughts on “Goodyear journal 3/23

  1. Great to hear about Trammell.

    After reading what you wrote I went to look up his stats at Billings. .374 OBP, .795 OPS, 9.1% walk rate, and 24 SB for good measure. If he could bulk up and add some power, maybe he could profile as a Carl Crawford type of player in the future for the Reds (they’re even the same height). He certainly seems to have the tools for it.

    I’ll be keeping my eyes on him.

    • Trammell’s calling card is speed. But I was impressed by his frame in person. You can see the football player physique there. He’s no beanpole or waif. Can easily see him growing into substantial power to go with the speed and plate discipline.

  2. Steve, thanks for these daily journal reports from Goodyear. The reports are a big treat and of great interest to Reds fans who can’t wait for April 3. I had completely forgotten about Taylor Trammel until this update.

  3. Thanks again for the daily reports. What a surprise to hear Trammel got some playing time and played well! Did you get to see him throw? The few times I’ve watched, he appears to have a very odd throwing motion.

    And good Lord, Steven! If you ate all of that Matt’s Big Breakfast pictured above, you’re gonna need to push your car from Camelback Ranch to Goodyear!

    • Another excellent report Steve. I know you have friends and family with you when you go to games in Cincinnati, but it would be great if you could do several of these reports during the regular season. Mrred, regarding the feast of food at Matt’s, I’ve eaten there, and you treat this as a brunch, nothing but liquids until dinner.

  4. I am on board with you on Taylor Trammell. Fans need to go over o Doug Gray’s site so that they can familiarize themselves with these Reds minor league players.
    Trammell wasn’t just a football player, he was a record setting running back in Georgia, an Under Armour All-American, and a Georgia Tech commit that had dozens of college D-1 offers. He is a stud athlete.
    Some MLB mock drafts last year had Taylor going in the high teens or early 20’s of the first round. But football scared those teams off of expending a 1st round pick on him. The Reds got lucky he slipped down the draft board a little. The Reds knew he liked baseball over football. But the Reds still had to sign him. If I remember correctly, they saved some money on signing Senzel and used that money to pay over slot for Trammell to lure him away from football. So Trammell still got 1st round early 20’s slot money. And a great thing was that Trammell signed quickly and didn’t hold out for more money and use football as leverage.
    The front office deserves an attaboy for drafting him, getting him signed, and getting him on the field quickly.

    • Correct. The Reds signed Trammell to a $3.2M signing bonus; slot value was $1.837M.

      Trammell may have the highest upside of any player currently in the organization. MLB Pipeline’s Jonathan Mayo tweeted last month he wouldn’t be surprised if Trammell is a top 10 prospect in all of baseball in future years. The Reds have added an abundance of high upside talent in the last year – Senzel, Trammell, Okey, Castillo, Gutierrez, and Herrera – combined with the breakouts of a few other high upside guys like Aristides Aquino, Sal Romano, and Shed Long. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel so to speak. Brighter days are ahead if the injury bug stays away.

    • That is too much breakfast for me now that is why I have my own zip code but that is a light breakfast for a working man!!! LOL I am talking those of us who understand Manuel Labor is not the name of the Hispanic gardener!!!!!! LOL! Great article written so a dumb hillbilly can understand who did what well thank you sir!

  5. Thanks Steve. I am still surprised and a bit annoyed that the Reds prefer a retread like Rayburn over Steve Selsky, who’s probably cheaper and maybe more talented. Anyone else wonder why they DFA’ed that guy?

      • Jeff Passan just did a nice piece about Shaffer over at yahoo… he talked about how once a player gets the “dfa” label he’s stigmatized for no real reason sometimes. Shaffer is leading the Tribe in homers this spring.

  6. This point in spring training feels like the time to get ready for the season and put the players on the roster bubble in as many game opportunities as possible. Yet Elizalde and Dixon at in the starting lineup. I can not envision any scenario where Elizlde or Dixon are being seriously considered for a 25-man roster spot. Neither player has any experience above AA and both had marginal performances last season in AA.

    • Speaking of battles for roster spots, our old buddy, De Jesus Jr., is having quite the spring training for the Brew Crew and is making a serious push for breaking camp on the major league roster.

  7. 1st inning of today’s game, 1st 6 batters:

    Home Run => Cozart
    Single => Mesoraco
    Single => Suarez
    Walk => Duvall
    Single => Schebler
    Sac Fly => Kivlehan

    Reds baseball can be FUN!!!

  8. Wakeup call for Sal Romano…Wakeup call for Sal Romano…

    2.0 IP for Romano w/ 5 K’s…oh, Romano has also given up 5 R, 3 ER in those 2 IP.

  9. Romano gives up a leadoff triple in the top of the 3rd inning. The Brew Crew puts on the old contact play, resulting in a fieldersd choice, Romano to Mesoraco, eliminating the leadoff triple. Romano gets out of the inning unscathed.

  10. Good recap. I caught 2nd half of game on mlb, had the exact same thoughts about Trammell and Pereza’s arm.

    Bronson’s dive near 3B for the out was tremendous. So was the Sox SP who went 7IP, i think.

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