The Cincinnati Reds announced earlier today that they have sent six players back to minor league camp in their first set of cuts this spring. The team optioned outfielder Jose Siri, and pitchers Jackson Stephens, Keury Mella, and Jimmy Herget to the minors. Cincinnati also re-assigned pitchers Alex Powers and Felix Jorge to minor league camp. The difference between the wording of the moves is that players on the 40-man must be optioned. Players simply in camp on a minor league invite are re-assigned.

When it comes to a performance in spring training standpoint, one of these guys is not like the others. Jimmy Herget has allowed one run on three hits and no walks in his 5.0 innings pitched this spring. He’s also struck out seven batters. He’s been rather successful. And it’s not as if his minor league career has been anything but successful, either. Last season was the worst of his career and he posted a 3.47 ERA in Triple-A with more strikeouts than innings pitched. His option back to minor league camp in the first set of roster moves is a bit of a surprise.

Felix Jorge is on the opposite end of the spectrum. The right-handed pitcher didn’t make it into a game on the spring. He was also never listed on an injury report. As a non-roster invitee, he’ll head back to the minors and get ready to start his season – likely in Double-A or Triple-A.

Jackson Stephens had a 6.00 ERA in his 6.0 innings pitched with a walk and four strikeouts – all out of the bullpen in five games. Keury Mella struggled, allowing six earned runs in his three appearances that spanned 3.2 innings. He walked more batters, three, than he struck out, two. Alex Powers pitched well in his two games. The righty didn’t give up a hit and walked a batter in two otherwise perfect innings.

Jose Siri was the only position player that was sent to the backfields today. He had struggled at the plate this spring, going 2-21 (.095) with five strikeouts and no walks in his 10 games played. With as many outfielders as the team has to make decisions on, the move this early makes some sense. It’s actually a bit surprising he was the only one sent back with 15 outfielders left in big league camp – though some of those guys play on the dirt, too.

8 Responses

  1. Matt Hendley

    My understanding is jorge never even made it to camp. Passport issues. That’s a easy way to make the forst cuts…otherwise no suprising news here. JH still has options and will start factoring in in 2020 when the bullpen clears up

    • The Duke

      With Hughes and Hernandez no longer under contract after this year and both of them entering their mid 30’s, that sounds like the logical next step. Try to get one more year out of them and by the end of this year you hope that Lorenzen and Garrett are your best setup guys and work in the next generation of relievers behind them. I like Herget and think he has a big league future.

  2. Jack Recard

    I seem to recall you saying that spring training stats and performance do not matter.

    Why then do you cite spring training stats and performance when discussing your surprise? Barring injury to someone else, there was no room for him on the roster for him to break camp with the club.

    • Doug Gray

      Saying they don’t matter and then citing them isn’t saying that they do matter. But people still are going to have some interest in knowing how they performed in the spring.

  3. Aaron

    Anyone thinking Siri has a future with this team is delusional. He can’t hit. THe multi-tool label usually means oh he is fast and has power… but they almost never hit for average… Eric Davis was the exception. Trade this guy now if possible. Enough with the multi tool nonsense… we need pure hitters period. Speed is next to useless, you can always have a fast guy on the bench for pinch running situations, something Billy Hamilton should have been assigned as from the very beginning of his career.

    • CI3J

      Siri had a very, very good season in Dayton in 2017, with a .293 AVG, .341 OBP, .530 SLG for a cool .871 OPS. That was to go along with 24 HR, 24 2B, 11 3B and 46 SB. I don’t know about you, but I’d take that from a CF that also plays GG caliber defense.

      Granted, he had a pretty terrible season last year. I’m not sure what happened. Was he injured? He will turn 24 this July, so he still has time to show if 2018 was just a “sophmore slump” after his breakout 2017, but it’s still too early to give up on him. If his next 2 seasons are more akin to 2018 than 2017, then ok, maybe you have a point. But just based on what he showed in 2017, he deserves more time to develop and show what he can do.

      • Matt Hendley

        Agreed, i thought the talk of making the team this year was premature. It doesnt hurt however to have him go see whats going on in AA

      • WVRedlegs

        Siri crashed into the outfield wall on the first day of spring games last year. He busted up his thumb pretty bad. He was out injured and on the DL the rest of spring training. I don’t think he came back into game action until May. I’m sure that thumb injury lingered most of the season last year.
        Siri’s biggest problem is the plate discipline. Too few BB’s and too many K’s. I think Siri will regroup in the minor league camp and once the season starts at AA he’ll be fine. I saw a comment somewhere, that Siri last year had the highest SLG% of any offensive player in Pensacola history (only about 7 years) with as many PA’s as Siri had last year. I don’t know if that speaks to Siri’s abilities, or to just how offensively challenged the Reds farm system has been over the last several years.