While the Major League Baseball owners have locked out the players on the 40-man roster, not allowing them to show up to work, the players that aren’t on the 40-man roster can and now have begun spring training. Well, some of them at the very least. Last week there were some pitchers and catchers that arrived in Goodyear for “early” minor league camp. This week they will be joined by some position players, too. They are scheduled to show up today and get their physicals and will hit the field on Monday for their first workouts.

This is not to be confused with actual minor league spring training, which will begin on March 4th when everyone else shows up. Games are set to begin on March 17th for the minor leaguers.

The Reds invited out 32 pitchers and another 28 position players. Let’s take a look at the guys who are showing up early

The Pitchers

Players listed in red are also invited to big league spring training whenever it opens.

*Nick Green has been added to the list*

*Zack Godley has been added to the list*

Player Position Player Position
Kevin Abel RHP Ben Lively RHP
Graham Ashcraft RHP Diomar Lopez RHP
Brandon Bailey RHP Ryan Olson RHP
Donovan Benoit RHP Connor Overton RHP
Joe Boyle RHP Pedro Payano RHP
Stevie Branche RHP Matt Pidich RHP
Fernando Cruz RHP James Proctor RHP
Eddy Demurias RHP Eduardo Salazar RHP
Kyle Dowdy RHP Ricky Salinas RHP
Jose Franco RHP Carson Spiers RHP
Pedro Garcia RHP Vin Timpanelli RHP
Zack Godley RHP Trey Wingenter RHP
Nick Green RHP Randy Wynne RHP
Nick Hanson RHP Phillip Diehl LHP
Nick Howard RHP Andy Fisher LHP
Joel Kuhnel RHP Nick Lodolo LHP

What you may see with this list is that almost all of the pitchers here are older guys, and many of whom have pitched in the upper levels of the system. That’s not the case with the position guys, but it’s designed that way, too. After how the last two years have played out, Shawn Pender told Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer that the Reds are trying to build guys up a bit more slow than in the past with the hopes to avoid injuries.

The Position Players

Players listed in red are also invited to big league spring training whenever it opens.

Player Position Player Position
Aramis Garcia C Jake Bauers 1B
Andrew Knapp C Allen Córdoba INF/OF
Matheu Nelson C Elly De La Cruz INF
Chris Okey C Michael De Leon INF
Chuckie Robinson C Isiah Gilliam INF
Daniel Vellojin C Miguel Hernandez INF
Eric Yang C Rece Hinds INF
Jay Allen OF Matt McLain INF
Trey Amburgey OF Juniel Querecuto INF
Lorenzo Cedrola OF Leonardo Rivas INF
Ronnie Dawson OF Alfredo Rodriguez INF
Austin Hendrick OF Cristian Santana INF
Drew Mount OF Robbie Tenerowicz INF
Michael Siani OF Jose Torres INF

Unlike the pitchers, this group isn’t almost exclusively older guys. There are certainly some guys that skew a bit older here, but there are some young players here, too. The only top 20 prospects that are eligible to be invited among the position player group that aren’t here are Tyler Callihan, who is coming off of Tommy John surgery, and infielder Ivan Johnson.

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6 Responses

  1. Melvin

    It’s good for Alfrod to get a head start. He’s running out of time to reach his potential and show he can play (hit) with the big guys eventually.

    • MBS

      Pasta has been passed over. I was always pulling for him, but his bat has kept him back. He didn’t get a shot a the 26 man last year when the Reds had zero viable SS. I’d love to see him get a chance at catching on with a club, but I don’t think it will be with the Reds.

  2. Optimist

    The MLB experience in the pitching list is interesting, and a bit more encouraging than in years past. If they can find another Art Warren or Matt Bowman amongst this group that would be impressive. Still, need to find LHPs.