While spring training is coming to a close this week for the big league clubs, it will keep going into next week for the minor league teams. The Triple-A team will play on Monday and have a camp day on Tuesday before things end for them. The other levels of the minors will continue to play games in Arizona through Sunday April 2nd before heading to their affiliate cities. One player that won’t be heading out to begin the season on time is Chase Petty.
The Reds 9th rated prospect will stick back in Arizona out of an abundance of caution. Petty dealt with some elbow issues and the Reds have decided to bring him along slowly this spring because of that. He’ll remain in Goodyear and continue to pitch there and build up some innings before joining either Daytona or Dayton.
A few more minor league cuts
Two recognizable names were released from the organization this spring. Pitcher James Marinan and infielder Braylin Minier were among several players let go by the Reds this past week. Two offseasons ago, in late November of 2021, the Reds added Marinan to the 40-man roster. He had ended the 2021 season on a high note, but had struggled leading up to his final few outings that year. By the middle of June of last season his performance had led to his being designated for assignment after posting a 7.71 ERA in High-A Dayton. Things didn’t get better after he cleared waivers as his ERA moving forward last season was 8.14.
Braylin Minier never made it to the 40-man roster like Marinan did, but it wasn’t long ago that he was the top signee in the Reds international class from 2019. The infielder got a $1.85M signing bonus in July of 2019. With the pandemic wiping out the 2020 season, he didn’t get on the field after signing until 2021. That season he was with the Arizona Complex League Reds, hitting .255/.308/.393 as an 18-year-old. Last year he saw time back in Arizona for a handful of games (he hit .320/.414/.520 in seven games), but spent 45 games with Single-A Daytona in the second half of the year. He struggled with the Tortugas, hitting .194/.233/.302 in 146 plate appearances where he walked seven times and struck out 50 times.