Hey everyone and welcome to a new column thing I’m going to do most of the time during the season. The premise of said column thing is to take a look at the plethora of new players on the roster/almost on the roster. To see how they’re doing, make predictions, that kind of thing. By way of starting off, today we’re going to take a look at what organizational decisions in spring training might tell us about the status of some of these guys. The column won’t always hit on a bunch of different players, but this seems like a good place to start since the season has only just begun.
Amir Garrett and Rookie Davis – Their stock is obviously way up. They were supposed to be outside shots to make the rotation, but here they are starting the third and fourth games of the season.
Cody Reed and Robert Stephenson – Their stock is substantially down. The Reds seem to be trying to sort roles right now. These two always looked like they might eventually end up in the bullpen and, well, here they are. Ironically, once Arroyo comes up, if Reed is sent down to start in Louisville, it will tell you the Reds see more potential in him than in Stephenson and that the bullpen was just a temporary thing (for now).
Jose Peraza – After several years of being shifted from one team to another and all the positions he played last year, he’s finally being given his shot. We’ll see what he does with it, but he’s certainly looked like he belongs in the majors when he’s been there.
Dilson Herrera – I don’t know where his stock is. The question is with that shoulder. This is the third year in a row it’s caused him problems. Absent the nagging injury, the Reds are probably working harder to find time for him, but for now, he’ll play in Louisville and try to prove he’s healthy.
Jesse Winker – His stock seems pretty unchanged. For now, he needs to hit so well that they can’t keep him down or have Duvall or Schebler hit so poorly that the Reds start looking for alternatives. His time will eventually come. Probably soon. The Reds will eventually need someone besides Votto who can get on base.
Nick Senzel – Eugenio Suarez took reps at short this spring. Hmmm. Why could that be? Oh, right. The Reds have a hot prospect who plays third and they’re looking to trade their shortstop. Honestly, this might tell you more about how they see Herrera than anything else.
Jason has been a fan of the Reds since he was born. He really had no choice in the matter. He has been writing at Redleg Nation for a few years, and also writes and edits at The Hardball Times. His debut novel, When the Sparrow Sings, is available now and concerns baseball, among other things. You can find more information at jasonlinden.com.