As we mentioned last evening, Cincinnati Reds minor leaguer Tanner Rahier was arrested and charged with aggravated assault in Arizona over the weekend, and the details are pretty awful, if true. For the most part, the Reds have done a pretty admirable job of keeping their franchise and system devoid of players with bad track records and propensities to commit crimes, and that's certainly one reason why this incident stands out as both shocking and disappointing. More importantly, though, it stands out because of the specific act, since there's no place anywhere for domestic violence, much less a place for it within the Reds organization. I still hold shreds of faith in due process and the court system, and I hope that Rahier rightfully has a chance to defend himself, but if the actions he allegedly committed are proven to have happened, I hope he never has the opportunity to play another game in the Reds organization. I also hope the former 2nd round pick figures out a way to deal with his alcohol and anger issues so that no other person gets impacted by it.
For Reds.com, Mark Sheldon chimed in with an update on the competition for the final few spots in the Reds rotation after more than a week of games, and it's clear that the organization is pleased with how their options have performed thus far. With the caveat that 40-man roster issues usually have easy ways of sorting themselves out, I'd handicap the current state of the competition like this: Tony Cingrani and Anthony DeSclafani breaking camp as the 4th and 5th starters - technically - with Jason Marquis getting the ball for what would have been Homer Bailey's first three starts of the regular season. I figure Paul Maholm will get a spot in the big league bullpen to begin the year, while Raisel Iglesias will begin the season in either the Pensacola or Louisville rotations. Dylan Axelrod will likely head to Louisville.
It seems that former Arizona GM (and current special assistant for the Reds) Kevin Towers has an interesting roommate in the Phoenix area during Spring Training: Dave Stewart, the very guy who replaced him at the helm of the Arizona franchise. USA Today's Bob Nightengale caught up with both about the interesting arrangement, and it's a pretty chuckly read. It's also indirectly another way of noting how small and recycled the baseball front office circle is.
Got a Baseball Prospectus membership? If ya do, you can read the full article J.P. Breen penned about 5 post-hype prospects with big chances in 2015, the first of which is the Reds own Tony Cingrani. There's enough before the paywall to make it an interesting enough read too, though.
As Doug Gray noted at redsminorleagues.com, righty pitching prospect Michael Lorenzen was throwing fire during yesterday's split-squad game against the Colorado Rockies, routinely throwing 98 mph fastballs. Giggity giggity giggity goo!
Finally, the Redleg Annual is alive, well, and ready to have your eyes peruse it. There's a pile of great work included in it from folks you know from Red Reporter, Redleg Nation, and elsewhere in the Reds universe, and our own Cy Schourek put hours of elbow grease into getting it published this year, so check it out if you get the chance.