According to the Reds’ Twitter account, two young depth-option types are getting Wishbone C caps in the mail.
On the other hand, Juan Graterol is going to be fitted for a Diamondbacks’ D? An A? What’s on their hats, anyways?
You may remember the 28-year-old catcher getting picked up from the Angels just after Thanksgiving. At the time, I noted that he “is turning 28 on Valentine’s Day and the Reds will be his fourth organization.” Now, he is on his fifth.
Richie Shaffer will be entering his age-26 year and is coming from Tampa Bay. He’s a corner outfield/infield type out of Clemson. Shaffer is most famous for having imaginary friends.
He could be the next Adam Duvall! He could also be Patrick Kivlehan. He is neither Logan Schafer or Jordan Shafer.
Tyrell Jenkins is a 6’4 righty from the Cardinals system originally. He was the other other guy in the Jason Heyward trade. Then a couple of weeks ago, after his first cup of coffee with the Braves, he was traded to the Texas Rangers with Brady Fiegl for Luke Jackson.
Jenkins seems to be an interesting guy. He has a lively Twitter presence and was a Baylor commit to play quarterback under Art Briles. He wears stirrups and has a Dontrelle-ian leg kick. Jenkins will be 24 next year and was late to baseball, so he could be interesting. The Talking Chop crew seem to really like him: a heavy fastball/sinker combo and a big smile will do that.
Unfortunately, Jenkins has never really had great numbers. But the Reds seem to like what they see — he is yet another projectable righty competing for a spot come February.