Opening Day of the Cincinnati Reds’ 2013 season is still over a month away. But, the season is already off and running unofficially at Spring Training in Goodyear, Arizona. All the Reds regulars are there along with several players who we will likely see in a Louisville Bats uniform this season. Many of those players are off to good starts this spring and here is an update on some probable Bats at Reds Spring Training:
Armando Galarraga got his first start of the spring Monday. The righty went two scoreless innings allowing just one hit and striking out two as the Reds picked up a 5-2 win over a split squad Brewers team for the Reds’ first win of the young Spring Training season. Galarraga, a non-roster invitee to camp, has plenty of Major League pitching experience. He made 25 or more starts for the Tigers from 2008-2010, the most notable of which was a near-perfect game in 2007 as the potential 27th out was called safe at first in a close play. Replays later showed the runner should have been called out, but Galarraga had to settle for the complete game one-hitter.
Jason Donald was the Cleveland Indian who was controversially called safe in Galarraga’s near-perfect performance. Ironically, the two could very well be teammates this season at Louisville Slugger Field. Like the pitcher, Donald is off to a good start this spring. Through four games, Donald is hitting .500 (2-for-4) with a stolen base and a run scored.
Tony Cingrani, the number three prospect in the Reds organization according to Baseball America, pitched in three games with the Reds last season and should see significant time in Louisville this season. Cingrani’s first two spring appearances are under his belt as he looks to find his midseason form. The lefty started the Spring Training opener against Cleveland. Cingrani went one inning allowing three earned runs on three hits while walking one and striking out one. Cingrani bounced back in two innings of relief against San Diego. The Rice University product allowed just one hit, no walks, and struck out two.
Another top pitching prospect, Daniel Corcino, has thrown two innings in one appearance this spring. He went two innings, allowing one earned run on two hits (one of those a HR) with a walk and a strikeout.
Nick Christiani spent the entire season with the Bats last season. The righty has taken to the mound his first Spring Training appearance as well. Last Saturday, against Cleveland, Christiani pitched 1.2 innings, allowing two earned runs on two hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Chad Reineke has been a Bats staple over the last three seasons. The right-handed pitcher saw his first action of the spring Tuesday against San Diego. Reineke went one inning allowing a hit while striking out one.
Billy Hamilton has the organization abuzz with his blazing speed and base stealing ability. Hamilton is set to play in Louisville this season and will have many eyes on him throughout the spring and summer. So far, Hamilton is still looking to hit his stride. The speedster is hitting .125 (1-for-8) in three games with a run scored and four strikeouts.
Neftali Soto continues to be a Louisville Slugger Field favorite (thanks, in no small part, to the perfect pause in the last name from PA announcer Shayne Duvall creating plenty of anticipation). Soto is off to a hot start in Arizona. The slugger is hitting .444 (4-for-9) with a double and two RBIs.
Henry Rodriguez had fans excited when he was brought up to Louisville last season. Rodriguez is off to a solid start in Spring Training as well, hitting .571 (4for-7) to lead the team with one double and one RBI. Those numbers include a 2-for-2 outing off the bench against San Diego Tuesday.
Infielder Kristopher Negron has been a Bats staple the last couple seasons. After a 2012 season cut short by a torn ACL, Negron appears to be healthy and is having a nice start to camp. He is hitting .333 (1-for-3) in two games with an RBI and a run scored.
Donald Lutz looks to be a Bats newcomer in 2013. He comes to Louisville by way of Friedberg, Germany and was on the roster for the 2013 German team during World Baseball Classic qualifying. Lutz is hitting .400 (2-for-5) with a run scored in three spring outings so far, including a 1-for-2 day in a start against the Padres Tuesday.
Keep checking TheBatsSignal.com over the next several weeks for updates on how guys you’ll likely see this season at Louisville Slugger Field are performing during Reds Spring Training in Arizona.
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