There weren’t many notes from the first day, but the biggest note was that catcher Kyle Skipworth underwent ankle surgery in December and won’t be ready to participate in full workouts immediately. With Devin Mesoraco, Tucker Barnhart, Ramon Cabrera and non-roster invites Joe Hudson and Chad Wallach also in camp, there should be enough catchers to handle all of the pitchers even with Skipworth missing some time early on.
While we already had some news about left handed starter John Lamb having back surgery and how it will likely keep him from starting the season on time. Bryan Price addressed it by mentioning who could be in the rotation behind Anthony DeSclafani and Raisel Iglesias until Homer Bailey and perhaps John Lamb are ready. According to John Fay (linked above):
The Reds made a few signings of teenagers on the international scene this week. The team signed 17-year-old pitcher Jose Zorrilla out of the Dominican Republic, 18-year-old pitcher Moises Severino out of the Dominican Republic and 18-year-old pitcher Luis Sparles out of the Dominican Republic.
There is no information on Zorilla, including which arm he pitches with. Severino is a 5′ 11″ and 185 lb. right handed pitcher. Sparles has good size, listed as a 6′ 3″ and 170 lb right handed pitcher. It doesn’t appear that any of these guys are big signings or we would have heard about them before they showed up on the official transactions page, but sometimes those unheralded signings turn out to be good ones.