In Phoenix and on a quest to see as many teams as possible in a short amount of time. With that in mind, I was at Goodyear at 9 AM wandering the Reds (and Indians) minor league fields for 3+ hours. Even had a brief chat with Eric Davis. Then….attended the Rangers @ Reds game. Some random thoughts:
C Tyler Stephenson and LH SP Amir Garrett look really, really good. On the flip side, not impressed with Jose Pereza. I didn’t see Robert Stephsenson anywhere.
On the major league side, Joey Votto must have lived in the Gym this offseason. That dude is fit and chiseled out of granite. Raisel Isglesias looks good. Anthony DeSclafani and Brandon Finnegan are both small guys. My Reds take is this……don’t be surprised if they’re worse than the Rockies in 2016. The NL is the “haves” and “have nots” and the Reds are definitely in the latter group.
The Rangers trotted out a really good lineup today. Remember the name Ryan Rua. He’s destined for a breakout season. Not impressed with Jurickson Profar. Very impressed with Joey Gallo. In the weak AL West, the Rangers are as good a pick as anyone.