Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Blog-o-rific, Roy Hobbs, and Her Man Son

I know it isn't the Reds but, Curt Schilling started his own blog today. Pretty cool stuff.

C. Trent Rosecrans, the new Reds beat writer for the Cincinnati Post, is also running a blog detailing the "Unstoppable Redlegs" in spring training. He's entertaining and provides some interesting insight.

Josh Hamilton, like the rest of the Reds, has been tearing it up in Spring Training. This doesn't mean anything when it comes to predicting regular season stats, but it's a nice feel-good story. Narron is very high on him and unless something drastic happens it seems like he'll make the big league roster - he'll have to if the Reds want to keep him. I just hope he makes it without knocking Chris Denorfia back down to Triple-A. His power and defense would be a welcome asset off the bench. Especially since Javier Valentin forgot how to hit last year.

The Reds picked up right-hander Dustin Hermanson a few days ago with a minor league contract. He's a hometown boy (from Springfield, OH) who will make $500,000 if he makes the roster. If his back problems are behind him I expect he will. He's a league average, to slightly above league average pitcher who blew people away in 2005 for the White Sox, saving 34 games before he (and his bad back) gave up the role to Bobby Jenks. He's a fastball, slider, changeup pitcher who works the strike zone low and away on right-handers and works left-handers anywhere that isn't up-and-in. He strikes out a little over 6 batters per 9 innings and has unimpressive control. It seems like another good, low-risk signing by Krivsky, but I wonder why no one else was really going after him.

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