Amir Garrett struggled mightily in Saturday's split-squad Cactus League showdown with the A's, yielding six runs on seven hits over five innings.
Garrett walked three and struck out four in this mess of an outing. The A's played water torture with him throughout, posting solitary runs in the first, third and fourth innings before busting out for three runs in the fifth. This won't help his cause as he tries to secure a rotation spot with the big league club, but he pitched well between Double- and Triple-A last season, when he recorded a 2.55 ERA with a 132/59 K/BB ratio in 144 2/3 frames. Should the 24-year-old southpaw open the season in the minors, he could see a call-up when the Reds need an extra arm down the road.
Kris Bryant went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and a double in Saturday's split-squad Cactus League win over the Reds.
Spring results matter naught for the reigning NL MVP, but for history's sake, his two-run home run on Saturday was his fourth of the spring, the double his second. The stud third baseman is coming off a 2016 season in which he slashed .292/.385/.554 with 39 homers and 102 RBI over the course of 603 at-bats.
Arismendy Alcantara went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's split-squad Cactus League loss to the Cubs.
Alcantara's two-run home run in the fourth inning was not in and of itself able to propel the Reds to victory, but that aside, the dinger was his third of the spring. He has a shot at the Opening Day roster as a potential utility piece after hitting .278/.325/.467 with 12 homers and 32 steals in 108 minor league games last season. The Reds picked him up off waivers from the A's in early October.
Kyle Hendricks walked four but did not allow a run over three innings in Saturday's split-squad Cactus League game against the Reds.
Hendricks managed to work past his control issues to toss three scoreless frames, scattering three hits and striking out one along the way. The National League's ERA leader from 2016 has been back to his old tricks since the start of camp and currently boasts a 2.16 ERA across 16 2/3 spring innings.
Robert Stephenson surrendered four runs on six hits over four-plus innings in Saturday's split-squad Cactus League date with the Cubs.
Stephenson struck out three and walked two on the afternoon. The Cubs knocked him for two runs in the first inning, later coming back around to weigh down his pitching line with another two runs in the fifth inning. In six appearances covering 16 innings this spring, the 24-year-old Stephenson owns an uninspiring 5.63 ERA. Reds manager Bryan Price said earlier this spring that he could make the team as a member of the bullpen even if he is not able to secure a spot in the Opening Day rotation.
Andrew Toles rapped a grand slam off Jesse Hahn in Saturday's Cactus League win over the A's.
Toles came through for the granny against Hahn with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth inning. That well-timed home run was his first of the spring. He is set to start in left field for the Dodgers during the coming campaign. In a utility role last season, Toles slashed .314/.365/.505 with three homers and 19 RBI across 105 at-bats.
Matt Chapman went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Dodgers.
Chapman whacked a three-run home run off Rich Hill in the first inning. That bomb was his second of the spring. The 23-year-old third baseman has shown big-time power in the minors, swatting 36 homers and driving in 96 runs across 514 at-bats split between Double- and Triple-A in 2016. Trevor Plouffe is already locked in at third for the A's, meaning that Chapman can probably expect to be shifted down to the minors in the coming days. A midseason call-up is certainly in play, here.
Trevor Plouffe was pulled from Saturday's Cactus League game against the Reds after tweaking his abductor muscle.
In layman's terms, he's dealing with a hip injury. Plouffe went 2-for-2 with a single and a triple before exiting in the sixth inning. Jordan Tarsovich played the rest of the game at third base. Until the A's pass along an update, we'll consider Plouffe day-to-day.