Ken Rosenthal has an interesting story up on Fox Sports right now about how the Cincinnati Reds went through the process of locking up the signing of right handed pitcher Raisel Iglesias. It began in December of 2013 and involved multiple scouting trips to other parts of the world to see the right hander.
Hopefully Rosenthal is just making assumptions with this from his article though:
The Reds plan to open with Iglesias in their rotation, then move him to the bullpen or minors one or two starts into the season, once righty Homer Bailey returns
Iglesias isn’t ready to threw an entire season of starters innings, but a start or two and then into the bullpen already being the plan on March 19th (when the article was written) seems to be jumping the gun.
Tom Nichols is back with his preview of the 2015 Dayton Dragons roster and today he looked at the potential shortstops for the team. There are only two guys listed in the preview, Cory Thompson and Luis Gonzalez. Thompson started at second and shortstop in Billings last season, while Gonzalez played in Arizona, seeing time at shortstop and third base.
Gonzalez, 20-years-old, has no experience above the complex level, but he was impressive enough that the Reds gave him seven at-bats in the spring with the big club (1-7 with a double). He hit .277/.292/.362 last season with two walks and 22 strikeouts in 99 plate appearances. He’s well regarded for his defense.
Thompson, also 20-years-old started 47 games at shortstop in Billings and 13 more at second base in the 2014 season. He hit .245/.297/.375 with the Mustangs while going 13-for-13 in the stolen base category. He started strong and finished strong, but he struggled in the middle of the season offensively, hitting .230 in July and August. Thompson, while not as highly regarded for his defense as Gonzalez, is known as a good defender as well.