With big league spring training coming to a end this evening for the Cincinnati Reds, it’s a good time to get into some minor league notes to wrap up the weekend.

Earlier this week I wrote about seven pitchers who were placed on either the 60-day injured list or the full-season injured list. One more player has been added to the 60-day injured list and this time it’s a position player. Drew Mount, who has struggled to stay healthy during his career, is back on the injured list. He missed a lot of the 2021 season with an ankle injury. He missed all of 2022. Then last year he missed the first half of the season, then parts of the second half with both a hip strain and a hamstring strain – playing in just 37 games, and that included nine while on rehab with the ACL Reds. Edwin Arroyo, who underwent shoulder surgery and will miss the year, has not yet been added to the injured list.

Releases

There has also been one more player released this spring. Left-handed pitcher Nicolo Pinazzi was let go earlier this week. He joins right-handed pitcher Bryce Bonnin as the only two players who have been let go so far this spring. Bonnin signed with the Boston Red Sox earlier this week and has reunited with former Reds minor league pitching coordinator Kyle Boddy.

As for Pinazzi, he signed with the Reds in 2020 out of Italy. The lefty has pitched for the ACL Reds and Daytona Tortugas in the three seasons since then. Control has been an issue as he’s walked 83 batters and hit 19 more in 96 career innings. You can see his career stats here.

Extended Spring Training

Things are going to be a bit different this year. A part of that is due to the fact that the Arizona Complex League season starts, and ends, a month earlier than usual. Extended spring training used to run from April through the start of the season in June. Now that’s going to basically just be April, as the season will begin on May 4th and be over on July 25th.

Another thing that’s going to make things a bit different is that this year the Reds are going to once again have two teams in the Dominican Summer League. When the club picked up the affiliate in Greeneville, they dropped the DSL Rojos and went to just one club in the league, while maintaining the same number of overall teams – they just had three domestic rookie-level teams instead of two to go along with two in the Dominican.

Having more roster spots to fill in the Dominican could mean that fewer players make it stateside each year. But the final wrinkle could also be the new 165-player limit in the US for teams. Players on the 60-day and full-season injured list do not count towards that number up to a point – teams can have up to 15 players on there that don’t count towards that 165.

This spring, the Reds only invited one player to minor league spring training who spent all of the 2023 season in the Dominican Summer League – Alfredo Duno. Everyone else in camp was in the US for at least part of the 2023 campaign (some began in the DSL and moved over during the year). I’m told the organization will bring more players stateside this year. We haven’t seen it yet, but the expectation is that the ACL Reds club will have some guys who were in the DSL last season.

The Louisville Bats

The Triple-A season is longer than the other minor league seasons. And as such, it gets started a week earlier the the other full-season leagues. The Bats get their season started on Friday March 29th. They’ll play at home and host Indianapolis.

There will be a season ticket holder event in Louisville on Wednesday to watch a workout/practice. The club will also have a workout on Thursday, but that one is closed to the public.

As a reminder, MiLB.tv will have all of the games for the Louisville Bats, Chattanooga Lookouts, and Dayton Dragons this season. Games will still be limited for the Daytona Tortugas with only a few teams in the Florida State League having games as of today.

Tom Nichols to be inducted into the Dayton Baseball Hall of Fame

The voice of the Dayton Dragons, Tom Nichols, will be inducted into the Dayton Baseball Hall of Fame with their 2024 class. Nichols has been with the Dragons since 2008, but has been broadcasting minor league baseball games since 1988 when he began with the Indianapolis Indians.

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12 Responses

  1. DaveCT

    Doug, last year if you subscribed to MLB Network, the minor league games were included. I haven’t seen any word on that continuing so I’m assuming it won’t be this year. Do you have any idea?

    • Doug Gray

      To clarify this for others – not subscribed to MLB Network, but to MLB.tv. And yes, that same thing applies this year. But you also can get MiLB.tv as a part of “MLB At Bat” for $29.99 for the year. That’s the audio only version for MLB games, but it also includes video of all the minor league games (that are available). It’s also $3.99 per month if you want to go that route. You can get more info here – https://www.milb.com/live-stream-games/subscribe

      • DaveCT

        Thanks. That’s a great deal. Last year I mastered watching three or more games at the same time.

        And, yes, I stand corrected, it was MLB.TV

  2. RedsGettingBetter

    It will be a matter of time just Drew Mount going to IL this 2024… It’s a shame because he seems to be a good hitter, at least that he’s shown during his short span playing in

  3. DaveCT

    Leo Balcazar with a really pretty play at 2B in the game today.

    • Old Big Ed

      I liked his bat speed, too, even if he didn’t really do much with the bat. Faced Emmanuel Clase and was the only Red to put the ball in play.

    • MBS

      Glad to see Balcazar is healthy, any word on where he’s going to start the season at?

      • DaveCT

        Fingers crossed for Dayton. I’d love to keep he, Jorge, Acosta, Collier, Stewart, O’Donnell, etc together.

        And Daytona would still have Cabrera, Sanchez, Pitelli, Ascanio etc. with an influx of ACL Reds such as Chevalier and later Stafura.

      • MBS

        I’d love to keep those guys together, and because of Arroyo’s injury they’ll probably catch up to him in AA next season.

        That would make for a very deep 2025 AA squad. Arroyo, Balcazar, and Acosta in the middle infield. Collier, Stewart, and this year’s 2nd round pick probably on the corners. Rodriguez, O’Donnell, and Jorge in the OF.

        It’s fun to think about anyway, we’ll see who does what in 2024 first.

  4. Krozley

    Hollan to the 60 day DL as well, which is too bad.

    • MK

      That injury list is sure kicking the butt of a lot of pitchers I expected to see in Dayton this season.

      I have always wondered if stateside kids can be assigned to Dominican Summer Leagues. Might be a way to beat the organizational player limiy number.

    • DaveCT

      Hollan was up to 96 last year and still
      Just getting started,