Sunday was not a day for the statline for most of the pitchers on the Cincinnati Reds. Eight pitchers took the mound and six of them gave up at least a run. Only Cionel Pérez and Shane Carle made it through an inning unscathed. But stats aren’t everything in spring training. In fact, they aren’t all that meaningful. There were some meaningful things to take away from the game, though. One of them was that Graham Ashcraft entered the game for the Reds and threw a bunch of fastballs in the 98-100 MPH range.

When the Reds selected Graham Ashcraft in the 6th round of the 2019 draft coming out of college, he did not have a curveball. He picked one up during the 2020 year, and on Sunday he brought it out in the game against the Giants. One of them hung up a little bit and Joey Bart – the #2 overall pick in the 2018 draft – hit it a country mile. But Ashcraft busted out another one against Jason Krizan to end the inning, locking up the Giants lefty.

Jose Garcia flashes the leather, the arm

After last season any Cincinnati Reds fan should probably know that Jose Garcia can put on a show at shortstop. On Sunday he slid over to second base, and well, he looked every bit like a shortstop playing second base as he made a diving stop on the other side of the bag and made a throw from his knees that only an elite-level arm could do.

“B-Game” on Monday

While the big league team will be playing against the Rockies in the afternoon, there is also a B-game on the backfields. Noé Ramirez will make the start in that game and will be followed by Brandon Finnegan and Vladimir Gutierrez.

4 Responses

  1. CP

    Doug this post got me thinking about an article that you could do. Forgive me if you’ve already done something like this, but what about something about the internal candidates for the bullpen? One of the most discouraging parts of the offseason was how the Reds just traded away Rasiel Iglesias, cut Archie Bradley loose, and plan to let Lorenzen have a shot at the rotation, but didn’t re-add the same kind of talent back into the bullpen (IMHO). Perhaps an article about the minor leaguers that could be internal candidates to make a difference in the bullpen just like Tejay Antone did last year….

    Thanks for all you do to keep us updated!!

    • MK

      Sean Doolittle pretty nice pick-up. Noe Ramierez, Cam Bedrosian, Cionel Perez, are all pick-ups with big league experience.

      • DaveCT

        I am liking this group much more than recent re-treads. I also like what I’ve seen from Warren.

  2. DaveCT

    100 mph and a power hook. Spincinnatti*, here i come.

    *My new favorite expression.