The Cincinnati Reds once again will bring players from the Four Corners, Nevada and Hawaii. And like years' past, the Reds will use three workouts (Nevada, Colorado and Arizona) to build the roster. In 2010, the Reds went 3-2 over the week.
Sin City was the first stop of three for the Reds and there was a change in venue, as the workout shifted to College of Southern Nevada from Cashman Field. If the new location sounds familiar, it should, Bryce Harper played one year there before the Nationals selected him No. 1 in the 2010 MLB Draft.
A couple of players to stand out in Vegas were Zach Quintana and Christian Donahue.
Quintana is a pitcher out of Arbor View (Las Vegas, Nev.) and throws from the right side. When not on the mound he plays at short. At the workout he was up to 93mph on the gun. Mostly known for the bat, when he pitched he definately turned some heads.
Donahue is a 2014 player out of Hawaii. The youngest player at the tryout he is on the radar now. This was a huge opportunity for Donahue, one big reason is that scouts can't get over to Hawaii like they can to other parts of their scouting areas. He was solid with the stick and the glove. More years to develop and improve the strength and skill, he should turn out to be a fine ball player.
When the workouts move to Arizona, the numbers seem to get larger. This year was no exception as 90 players attended the workout and some 30 of those were pitchers. If there was a workout in which most of the players who will make the team will be at, chances are it's Arizona.
There were a couple of pitchers who stood out at the tryout in Chander. David Graybill and Tony Blanford.
Graybill, out of Brophy College Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) was sitting 89mph-91mph. His ball had some sink to it as well and add that to his solid frame, he may be one of the best pitchers in Arizona next Spring.
Blanford is out of Boulder Creek (Anthem, Ariz.) and had perhaps the hardest fastball, touching 93mph at the workout.
Casey Burns out of Grand Junction (Grand Junction, Colo.), covers ground at the shortstop position. Combine those defensive skills with his projectable body, he is going to be fun to watch this upcoming year.
T.J. Garhart out of Poudre (Fort Collins, Colo), plays shortstop and pitcher. He threw the hardest of the day touching 90 mph.
The Reds tryouts boasted some quality talent, and no surprise there. This region of the country has great baseball and has great baseball players as well. Look for another strong team this summer in Long Beach. They'll play hard and be fun to watch.