The Cincinnati Reds will begin Instructional League today out in Goodyear, Arizona at their spring training facility. Here’s the roster:
|Bryce Bonnin||RHP||21||R/R||2020 Draft Rd 3|
|Tanner Cooper||RHP||21||R/R||2019 Draft Rd 35|
|Noah Davis||RHP||23||R/R||2018 Draft Rd 11|
|John Ghyzel||RHP||24||R/R||2017 Draft Rd 18|
|Vladimir Gutierrez||RHP||24||R/R||INTL FA 2016|
|Alex Johnson||RHP||20||R/R||2019 Draft Rd 36|
|Evan Kravetz||LHP||23||L/L||2019 Draft Rd 5|
|Miguel Medrano||RHP||22||R/R||Trade (TEX) February 2018|
|Luis Mey||RHP||19||R/R||INTL FA 2018|
|Dauri Moreta||RHP||24||R/R||INTL FA 2015|
|Leo Nierenberg||RHP||22||R/R||2020 UDFA|
|Riley O’Brien||RHP||25||R/R||Trade (TB) August 2020|
|Matt Pidich||RHP||25||R/R||2018 Draft Rd 8|
|Braxton Roxby||RHP||21||R/R||2020 UDFA|
|Johnnie Schneider||RHP||23||R/R||2018 Draft Rd 29|
|Jared Solomon||RHP||23||R/R||2017 Draft Rd 11|
|Carson Spiers||RHP||22||R/R||2020 UDFA|
|Jake Stevenson||RHP||23||R/R||2019 Draft Rd 10|
|Luke Berryhill||C||22||R/R||2019 Draft Rd 13|
|Jackson Miller||C||18||L/R||2020 Draft Rd 2|
|Daniel Vellojin||C||20||S/R||INTL FA 2018|
|Garrett Wolforth||OF/1B/C||22||S/R||2019 Draft Rd 14|
|Eric Yang||C||22||R/R||2019 Draft Rd 7|
|Tyler Callihan||2B||20||L/R||2019 Draft Rd 3|
|Yan Contreras||SS||19||R/R||2019 Draft Rd 12|
|Rece Hinds||3B||20||R/R||2019 Draft Rd 2|
|Ivan Johnson||SS||21||S/R||2019 Draft Rd 4|
|Matt Lloyd||IF/OF||24||L/R||2019 Draft Rd 15|
|Quincy McAfee||IF||23||R/R||2019 Draft Rd 26|
|Braylin Minier||SS||17||L/R||INTL FA 2019|
|Debby Santana||3B||20||R/R||INTL FA 2016|
|Leonardo Seminati||IF/OF||21||R/R||INTL FA 2017|
|Gus Steiger||SS||21||R/R||2020 UDFA|
|Michel Triana||1B||20||L/R||INTL FA 2019|
|Allan Cerda||OF||20||R/R||INTL FA 2017|
|Jameson Hannah||OF||23||L/L||Trade (OAK) July 2019|
|Austin Hendrick||OF||19||L/L||2020 Draft Rd 1|
|Jacob Hurtubise||OF||22||L/R||2020 UDFA|
|Michael Siani||CF||21||L/L||2018 Draft Rd 4|
|Mac Wainwright||OF||18||R/R||2020 Draft Rd 4|
As we reported last week, there will be games between October 12th and October 31st against other teams, but the Reds will also play a few intrasquad games – including into November before their camp ends on the 3rd.
There are 40 players that will be in Goodyear at instructs for the Reds. While I’m not going to profile all 40 of them, I figured it was worth noting a few players from each position group.
While he’s not the oldest pitcher on the squad, Vladimir Gutierrez is the most experienced. The right-handed pitcher was in Major League spring training with the Reds – but he was suspended during the shut down after failing a drug test and faces an 80-game suspension.
Luis Mey is the youngest pitcher of the group. He was an international free agent from the 2018 class, and in his debut in 2019 the Reds were confident enough to bring him directly to the US and play him in the Arizona Rookie League. In 2019 he led the entire organization with a 56% ground ball rate.
Another noteworthy addition is Alex Johnson. He was the Reds 36th round pick in 2018 and had barely pitched in high school, but showed a lot of athleticism and a strong arm. He has spent some time working with Hunter Greene this year, according to pitching coordinator Kyle Boddy.
This will also be the coaching staff’s first opportunity to see pitchers Bryce Bonnin (3rd rounder), Leo Nierenberg (2020 Non-Drafted Free Agent), Riley O’Brien (trade with Tampa Bay in August 2020), Braxton Roxby (2020 Non-Drafted Free Agent), and Carson Spiers (2020 Non-Drafted Free Agent).
Jackson Miller, the Reds 2nd round pick in 2020, headlines the five catchers that will be in camp. It will be the first chance that the Cincinnati coaches get an in-person look at the 18-year-old.
Garrett Wolforth will be getting some looks behind the plate, too. He was drafted in the 14th round in 2019, but between his time in both Billings and Greeneville he played outfield and first base – no catching. In college, though, he did spend some time behind the plate.
The trio of Tyler Callihan, Rece Hinds, and Ivan Johnson went in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th rounds of the 2019 draft for Cincinnati. They also all began their careers together in Greeneville. Hinds, however, only played in three games before a quad injury cost him the rest of the season. They’re together again on this roster. For Hinds and Callihan, they’ll be getting in additional time after both were on the Reds 60-man player pool roster at Prasco Park for at least some of the 2020 season. Johnson will be getting his first action on the diamond (at least in a professional setting) since spring training.
The two biggest international free agent signings from the most recent class (2019) will also be in Goodyear. Michel Triana, who was in Goodyear for spring training (on the minor league side) will be back on the field. Joining him will be the youngest player in camp, shortstop Braylin Minier, who got the largest bonus of the entire Reds class.
2020 1st round pick Austin Hendrick headlines this group. He was a late addition to the 60-man player pool, getting about two weeks of time at Prasco Park before the alternate sites came to a close. He’s joined by Michael Siani, who was also on the Reds 60-man player pool roster at Prasco Park (he was there a bit longer than Hendrick).
Mac Wainwright, the Reds 4th round selection this season, will be getting his first taste of professional baseball, too. The Ohio native missed some time in his high school career with some injuries, perhaps leading to his being available in the 4th round instead of being taken a little bit higher.