GOODYEAR, Arizona -- Reds manager Bryan Price has seen all 33 healthy pitchers in camp throw a bullpen.
Who stands out?
“So many,” Price said. “You saw those groups yesterday and that was a lot of our younger, less experienced pitchers.”
He mentioned Ariel Hernandez, Luis Castillo and Vladimir Gutierrez, Wandy Peralta and Tyler Mahle.
“I told Peralta yesterday that’s the best I’ve seen him throw since he’s been with us," Price said. “Tyler Mahle was very impressive yesterday. You go down the line and I can’t say I’ve been unimpressed.
“But there’s so much optimism in spring. What I really look forward to is to see how these guys compete. Many of them know they are probably not going to make the club, but they want to leave a good impression on the field staff and front office. I’m looking forward to that."
MESORACO PLAN: Catcher Devin Mesoraco will be held back, although Price doesn’t have a firm idea of when Mesoraco will play in games.
“I can’t say exactly when he’s going to play,” Price said. “We’re not that far into it. I guess because we’re starting on (Feb. 24). I can’t say if he’ll be playing by then or not. I just know his workload is going to be a lot less right now than the other catchers that we have in camp -- for no other reason than we have the time. We’re going to take the time, as we did last year.”