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  • Sean Doolittle Gives Up Three Runs In Spring Debut

    Cincinnati Reds reliever Sean Doolittle allowed three runs in his lone inning of work in a 9-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants in Cactus League action on Sunday. Doolittle struggled to keep the ball in the yard, serving up two homers in his lone inning pitched. The veteran reliever signed as a free-agent with the Reds in the offseason and is looking to lock down a high leverage role in the Cincy bullpen, likely as a setup man behind expected closer Amir Garrett. Doolittle is worth monitoring in fantasy once the season gets underway in case Garrett slips up and he becomes a ninth-inning option for the Reds.

    Mar 7 · RotoBaller Reds Sean Doolittle
  • Joey Votto Doubles On Sunday

    Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto went 2-for-3 with a double and a run in a 9-4 Cactus League loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday. Votto is off to a nice start this spring, picking up four hits in nine at-bats with two runs and an RBI. The veteran first baseman has been steadily declining at the plate over the past few seasons but he still holds enough value and upside to draft as a reserve at the first base position in fantasy.

    Mar 7 · RotoBaller Reds Joey Votto
  • Michael Lorenzen In Good Position To Win Rotation Spot

    Cincinnati Reds right-hander Michael Lorenzen struggled in his Cactus League debut on Friday but the team doesn't appear to be too concerned over it. Manager David Bell told reporters that Lorenzen is "in a good position to earn a starting spot, but we have a long way to go." The veteran right-hander has been in a battle this spring for the fifth rotation spot with Jose De Leon, Tejay Antone, and Jeff Hoffman. It appears that the Reds would prefer to give the spot to Lorenzen, meaning it is his job to lose this spring. Lorenzen has mostly worked out of the bullpen over his career, posting a 3.97 ERA across 444 1/3 career innings.

    Mar 7 · RotoBaller Reds Michael Lorenzen
  • Michael Lorenzen Allows Three Runs In Spring Debut

    Cincinnati Reds right-hander Michael Lorenzen struggled in his spring debut, allowing three runs in 1 2/3 innings in a 5-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. Lorenzen struck out one and walked one while allowing three hits, including a three-run homer to Josh Rojas in the contest. Lorenzen told reporters after the game that he is easing into camp in preparations to be a starter this season. "It doesn't feel good to the ego, but April 1st is all that matters," he stated. Lorenzen is competing with Jose De Leon and others for the fifth spot in the Cincy rotation this season. He reportedly has the inside track to win the spot but De Leon pitched relatively well in Friday's game.

    Mar 6 · RotoBaller Reds Michael Lorenzen
  • Jose De Leon Strikes Out Four

    Cincinnati Reds right-hander Jose De Leon allowed two runs over three innings in a 5-3 Cactus League loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. De Leon struck out four and walked one in the outing, his second of the spring. The former top prospect for the Los Angeles Dodgers impressively forced seven swinging strikes in the second inning of the outing alone. De Leon is fighting for the fifth spot in the Cincinnati pitching rotation and saw one of his main competitors, Michael Lorenzen, allow three runs in 1 2/3 innings in the same game. The Cincinnati coaching staff is reportedly high on De Leon's potential but he will need to continue to produce to nail down a spot in the rotation.

    Mar 6 · RotoBaller Reds Jose De Leon
  • Nick Senzel Homers On Friday

    Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Senzel had a productive game in a 5-3 Cactus League loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. Batting third, Senzel went 2-for-3 with a first-inning solo homer. He later doubled, giving him his first two extra-base hits of the spring. Armed with an intriguing power/speed combo and an exceptional hit tool, one of the main things preventing a Senzel breakout in the majors has been his inability to stay healthy. Expected to open the season as Cincy's everyday center fielder, Senzel should deliver a quality fantasy season if he can stay on the field.

    Mar 6 · RotoBaller Reds Nick Senzel
  • Luis Castillo Predicted As Potential Strikeout King In 2021

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo was tabbed by MLB.com's David Adler as a potential dark-horse candidate to lead the majors in strikeouts in 2021. Castillo has placed in the top-20 in strikeouts in each of the last two seasons while pitching to a 3.35 ERA in 260 2/3 innings. The key to his success is a fastball-change combo, throwing the two with similar arm angles but drastically different speeds to great success- he's racked up 253 of his 315 punch-outs over the last two seasons with that pitch-combo. Increased slider usage could take Castillo to the next level, as he's posted whiff rates of at least 40 percent in each of the last three seasons- but has thrown the pitch less than 20 percent of the time. Castillo is being picked just outside the top-10 starters but could very well finish as one, especially with strikeout king upside this year.

    Mar 5 · RotoBaller Reds Luis Castillo
  • Sonny Gray Goes Two Innings In Spring Debut

    Cincinnati Reds right-hander Sonny Gray made his Cactus League debut on Thursday, allowing one run over two innings in a 5-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Gray struck out one and allow just one hit, a solo homer to Ryan O'Hearn in the second inning. The veteran right-hander is coming a solid 2020 campaign, which saw him post a 5-3 record, 3.70 ERA, and 72 strikeouts in 56 innings of work. Gray is a solid mid-tier fantasy pitcher heading into the 2021 season.

    Mar 5 · RotoBaller Reds Sonny Gray
  • Shogo Akiyama Back In Camp

    Cincinnati Reds outfielder Shogo Akiyama (personal) will return to camp on Thursday after being away since last Friday to tend to personal matters. Akiyama will have to go through COVID-testing protocols and test negative for the virus before he can take the field. The 32-year-old hit .245 with seven steals for Cincy in 2020 and will look to carve out a role in the team's crowded outfield for the upcoming season. Expect to see him in Cactus League action in the next few days.

    Mar 4 · RotoBaller Reds Shogo Akiyama
  • Nick Castellanos Still Sidelined Thursday

    Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos (finger) is not in the lineup as the team gets ready to take on the Kansas City Royals in Cactus League action on Thursday. Castellanos was scratched from the lineup on Tuesday with a sore right middle finger and remained sidelined on Wednesday. The team tentatively hopes to have him back in the fold by Friday, indicating that this is not being considered a serious injury at the moment. Castellanos will be asked to be an anchor in the Cincinnati lineup in 2021 after hitting .225 with 14 homers in 218 at-bats last season.

    Mar 4 · RotoBaller Reds Nicholas Castellanos
  • Nick Lodolo Impresses In Spring Debut

    Cincinnati Reds left-hander Nick Lodolo, the team's No. 1 prospect, flashed his mid-90s fastball and a work-in-progress breaking ball in his spring debut against the Angels on Tuesday night. Lodolo was able to work a scoreless inning in the Cactus League game. The seventh overall pick in 2019 out of TCU went 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 18 1/3 innings in Rookie ball and Single-A in 2019. Lodolo took part in summer camp last year and was at Cincy's alternate training site. If everything works out, the southpaw could make his major league debut this year or in 2022. It's uncertain when the 23-year-old will pitch in another Cactus League game. For now, those in dynasty/keeper leagues should be keeping a watchful eye on the young lefty.

    Mar 3 · RotoBaller Reds Nick Lodolo
  • Shogo Akiyama Still Not At Camp

    Cincinnati Reds outfielder Shogo Akiyama has been away from camp since Friday due to personal reasons, and a date for his return has not been announced. "I don't expect it to be much longer, though," Reds manager David Bell said. "I would expect to have him back in camp here in the next few coming days." Akiyama must undergo COVID-19 intake testing upon his return and have negative results before he can participate with the team. The 32-year-old Japanese outfielder hit .245/.357/.297 with no home runs, nine RBI and seven stolen bases in his first 54 major league games during the shortened 2020 season with the Reds. He should have a place on the active roster, but he's competing for playing time in a crowded Reds outfield and can be ignored in most mixed leagues.

    Mar 3 · RotoBaller Reds Shogo Akiyama
  • Jesse Winker Battling Sore Hip

    Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jesse Winker (hip) isn't concerned that he'll miss much time while battling a sore right hip this spring that caused him to be scratched from the Cactus League lineup on Monday and Tuesday. Winker is taking a couple of days off and has the luxury of not battling for a 26-man roster spot in camp. While he'll be a lock for the regular season roster, Winker will be competing with outfielders Shogo Akiyama, Nick Castellanos, Aristides Aquino, Mark Payton and Tyler Naquin for playing time in Cincinnati. The 27-year-old hit .255/.388/.544 with 12 home runs and 23 RBI in 54 games last year and had a slash line of .269/.357/.473 with 16 long balls and 38 RBI in 113 games in his last full season in 2019. There's plenty of time for him to get back on the field and be ready for Opening Day.

    Mar 3 · RotoBaller Reds Jesse Winker
  • Hunter Greene Brings Elite Heat In Spring Debut

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Hunter Greene displayed some impressive velocity in his long-awaited spring training start against the Angels on Tuesday. The first three pitches to leadoff hitter David Fletcher registered at 101, 102 and 103 mph, respectively. The 21-year-old right-hander is ranked by MLB Pipeline as the team's No. 2 prospect. He allowed three earned runs, three hits (one homer), one walk and a strikeout before completing a full inning in his debut. The No. 2 overall pick in 2017, Greene last pitched in a game in July of 2018 for Single-A Dayton and needed Tommy John surgery in April of 2019. It was good to see the Greene back on the mound and throwing elite heat, but he has a ways to go in terms of development before the Reds will be comfortable with him in major league games that count.

    Mar 3 · RotoBaller Reds Hunter Greene
  • Nick Castellanos Scratched With Injury Tuesday

    Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos (finger) was scratched from the team's spring training lineup on Tuesday due to a sore right middle finger. TJ Friedl took his spot in right field to begin the game. The injury isn't believed to be serious, so Castellanos could return to Cactus League action in a day or two. The 29-year-old has plenty of power that should continue to play in hitter-friendly Cincinnati, but he had a career-low .225 batting average in 2020, thanks to a 28.5 percent strikeout rate. However, there could be a bounce-back in store after he posted an expected batting average of .275 with a 46.7 percent hard-hit rate. Castellanos could be a very nice value at his current 83 ADP over a full season in Cincinnati.

    Mar 3 · RotoBaller Reds Nicholas Castellanos
  • Jesse Winker (hip) sitting out for 'precautionary reasons'

    Mar 2 · FantasyPros Reds Jesse Winker
  • Nick Senzel Will Be Everyday Center Fielder

    Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell confirmed on Thursday that Nick Senzel will be the team's everyday center fielder heading into the 2021 season. Bell later added, "At one point, everyday may have meant 162 games, but that's not what I mean. We have four outfielders who need to play." With Senzel slated to see regular playing time, things are lining up for him to realize the potential that made him the second overall pick of the 2016 draft. Senzel has flashed his upside over 492 career plate appearances, although he has struggled to stay healthy in his short career. If he can stay on the field, Senzel has to be considered as a breakout candidate in 2021.

    Feb 25 · RotoBaller Reds Nick Senzel
  • Eugenio Suarez Wants To Hit 50 Home Runs

    Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez, who had a down year in 2020 by hitting .202/.312/.470 with 15 home runs, 38 RBI and a 102 OPS+, said he wants to hit 50 home runs this year. Suarez hit .118 with two homers and 25 strikeouts in 82 plate appearances in his first 20 games, and he could never get on track in the shortened season. The right-handed power hitter is noticeably leaner and stronger physically this spring after he made changes to his diet. The 29-year-old also won't have to rehab his shoulder after having surgery last January. Suarez's BABIP of .214 was almost 100 points below his career mark of .310, and he had a career-high 14 percent barrel rate last year. There's plenty to suggest he could bounce back after hitting a career-high 49 homers and driving in 103 as recently as 2019.

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    Feb 24 · RotoBaller Reds Eugenio Suarez
  • Eugenio Suarez Lost Weight Over Offseason

    Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez will report to Spring Training in much better shape than he was in during the 2020 season. Suarez told reporters on Wednesday that he lost about 15 pounds during the offseason by concentrating on eating a better diet. He went on to state that he felt slow last season and that his footwork wasn't where he wanted it to be. Suarez turned in a mildly disappointing 2020 season at the plate, hitting just .202 with 15 homers, 29 runs, and 38 RBI across 198 at-bats. A lowered playing weight is far from a guarantee but it certainly can't hurt this production. Suarez has some bounce-back potential and could reward fantasy managers who take a chance on him in drafts this spring.

    Feb 24 · RotoBaller Reds Eugenio Suarez
  • Injury To Blame For Eugenio Suarez's Down Season?

    Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez had surgery in January of last year after a freak right shoulder injury, and it could've been largely responsible for his down 2020 season. He hit .118/.268/.235 with just four extra-base hits in his first 20 games. Suarez slashed a more respectable .246/.336/.592 with 19 extra-base hits and 13 home runs over the rest of the season in 37 games. But his overall line of .202/.312/.470 showed that he was never able to recover, and a strikingly low .214 BABIP didn't help. The good news is that the 29-year-old power hitter had a 14.4 percent barrel rate, which was a career-high and 16th-best in baseball. Back to full health, Suarez should be able to rebound in the average department as one of the better power hitters in the league. He's a top-10 fantasy third baseman and is going, on average, around pick No. 79.

    Feb 23 · RotoBaller Reds Eugenio Suarez
  • Joey Votto Expects To Have A Better Season In 2021

    Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto told reporters that he expects to be better this year than he was in 2020. The veteran first baseman stated, "I refined last year. I'll be better than the back little bit of the season just because I've worked on it and I'll dedicate myself to it. I can't wait. I'm so excited." His swing "refinements" mid-way through the shortened 2020 season led to a power surge, along with increased strikeouts. Overall, Votto slashed .226/.354/.446 with 11 homers, 22 RBI, and 32 runs across 186 at-bats. No longer a starting-caliber fantasy first baseman in mixed leagues, Votto should be treated as a reserve option in 12-team formats.

    Feb 23 · RotoBaller Reds Joey Votto
  • Joey Votto expects to be better in 2021 than he was in second-half of 2020

    Feb 21 · FantasyPros Reds Joey Votto