The Cincinnati Reds continued to trim their spring training roster. A day after sending several of their top prospects to the minor leagues – including Elly De La Cruz and Christian Encarnacion-Strand – the team made four more roster moves. Cincinnati sent right-handed pitchers Daniel Duarte, Tayron Guerrero, and Kevin Herget to minor league camp. Utility-man Richie Martin was also reassigned to minor league camp. All four players were non-40-man roster players who had invites to big league spring training.
Richie Martin had been having a nice spring so far. He had played in 13 games and had hit .316/.458/.526 with a double, home run, five stolen bases while not being caught, walked three times, and he had five strikeouts in his 24 plate appearances.
Daniel Duarte pitched in five games for Cincinnati during the spring. He didn’t allow a run while giving up six hits, walking two batters, and he struck out four hitters.
Kevin Herget made four appearances this spring with the Reds. In those four appearances he threw 5.2 innings while giving up seven hits without a walk. Herget also struck out five batters while posting a 4.76 ERA
Things hadn’t gone the way that Tayron Guerrero would have hoped. The right-handed reliever had pitched 6.0 innings in his six appearances, given up nine runs (13.50 ERA) on 10 hits, a hit batter, and he walked six while picking up seven strikeouts.
These moves lower the number of players in big league camp to 45. That number includes Vladimir Gutierrez, who is on the 60-day injured list and won’t be ready to begin the season. It also includes Tejay Antone who will not be ready to begin the season on time. There are 12 non-roster players remaining in camp, though that number includes Henry Ramos and Silvino Bracho who are currently participating in the World Baseball Classic and not in Arizona with the Reds.