Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Robert Stephenson among five pitchers Reds invite to spring camp

According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds have extended invites to big league spring training camp to five players, all of which are pitchers.

Newly signed veteran Jeff Francis will join minor leaguers Tim Crabbe, Drew Hayes, Michael Lorenzen and Robert Stephenson, as they each will get outside shots at making the major league roster.

Stephenson is the team's top prospect and some believe the former first round pick could make his major league debut with the Reds as soon as the summer.

Meanwhile, Lorenzen is another promising arm to keep a keen eye on. The right-hander was tabbed with the 38th overall pick in last year's draft and has really impressed folks working as a reliever.

Francis is back again after playing half a season at Triple-A Louisville in 2012. He opted for his unconditional release during the summer after failing to latch onto the big league roster.

Hayes and Crabbe will likely begin the year at Double-A Pensacola. This is were both players spent the majority of their time last season.

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