Bronson Arroyo will pitch against an “All-Star” team from minor league camp His catcher will be Devin Mesoraco. If all goes well the pair will participate in a Cactus League game as early as the 12th against Milwaukee.
The All-Stars will give Bryan Price and the coaching staff a look at Nick Senzel the teams first round pick from last season. Taylor Trammel the Reds second pick in the competitive balance lottery (35th overall) is participating.
The Reds tried to get a ‘B’ game but decided to have an in-camp game instead.
Arroyo was drafted 27 days before Senzel was born on June 29, 1995. By the way New England Patriot quarterback, Tom Brady, was drafted in the 18th round by the Montreal Expos.
Arroyo has recovered from the flu. Mesoraco has been building up endurance.
“We are putting Mes in a controlled environment. He will catch an inning but we can get him more at bats if we need to,” Price said. “There are still things we want him to do, like run the bases for the medical staff. When he passes the tests, they will sign off on him and we can see him in a game.”
Meanwhile, Stuart Turner, who was selected in the Rule V draft from Minnesota, has had a good camp. He will be trying to follow Tucker Barnhart, who skipped Triple A. Rob Brantly, who has Major League experience catching with the Marlins and White Sox, is having a good spring too.
“They’ve both been impressive, I have really been pleasantly surprised with Rob Brantly and what he brings to the club. He’s working on his defense, his quick release. He’s swinging with more power than he did with the Marlins,” Price said.