Over the past couple of days I reached out to some players and other contacts about a few things going on out in Arizona during extended spring training. It is still rather early in the year to check in on things, but there just happened to be a nice run of being able to talk to the right people all in the span of three days to get some information from out there.
On Wednesday I had a chat and reader John asked about Dan Langfield and how he was coming along. I hadn’t heard anything on him since near the start of the spring, so I checked in with him on Friday afternoon to ask how he was coming along. He said that his arm was feeling great and that he was throwing two innings every four days, just building up his innings. His fastball is in the low 90’s and has been up to 95. He is working on keeping the ball down and fine tuning the offspeed pitches.
Langfield last pitched in the 2012 season with Billings where he dominated, posting a 2.68 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 37 innings. He just adds another arm to the stable of pitching that the Reds currently have in the system.
Chris Manno was held back in spring training as the Reds wanted to continue working on changing his arm angle, to drop it down a bit lower to help give him more deception. He is basically a side-armer at this point, but a sourced says he has retained his velocity in the 89-92 MPH range. The new arm angle has added to his breaking ball, giving it more sweeping action because of the angle of release as well as the spin on the ball. It will be interesting to see him once he leaves Arizona and heads somewhere for full season ball.
Another source shared some information that Jeremy Kivel is still throwing hard, having topped out at 99 MPH this spring.