The Cincinnati Reds have announced how the starting rotaiton/tandems will go early this spring. C. Trent Rosecrans from the Cincinnati Enquirer was the first that I saw to have it.
#Reds spring rotation to start: 1. Moscot/Finnegan. 2. Stephenson/Reed 3. DeSclafani/Sanchez 4. Lorenzen/Melville 5. Finnegan 6. Moscot
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) February 27, 2016
Obviously missing from that list is Raisel Iglesias, who is a lock for the rotation as long as he remains healthy. Iglesias however got a later start on his offseason throwing and won’t start a game until later on in March, but should be ready for the regular season.
With Anthony DeSclafani and Iglesias seeming to be locks for the rotation, it seems that if things play out the way that the Reds hope, the rotation heading north will be DeSclafani, Michael Lorenzen, Brandon Finnegan, Jon Moscot and Iglesias – in some order (not sure where Iglesias slides in when he does take the mound). That would send Robert Stephenson, Cody Reed, Jonathan Sanchez and Tim Melville to Triple-A to start the season, or possible in the case of the latter two, have them find a spot in the big league bullpen with a good performance in the spring.
Performance can certainly alter those plans. I believe it would take a whole heck of a lot of things to happen to see Stephenson or Reed begin the season in the big leagues. There’s no reason at all to rush either of them, or start their clocks early at this point. Tim Melville or Jonathan Sanchez are a bit older and have a lot more experience at the upper levels to rely on, so finding them on the 25-man roster out of the spring wouldn’t be nearly as much of a head scratcher from a long-term organizational standpoint.
That second game that will include Robert Stephenson and Cody Reed is the scheduled to be on Fox Sports Ohio, so be sure to mark your calendars and tune in for that one.