GOODYEAR, Ariz. - Newcomer Scott Schebler made a lasting impression on manager Bryan Price in his Reds’ spring debut Wednesday.
The left fielder hit a home run and made a grand-slam saving catch.
Schebler, obtained from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the three-way Todd Frazier trade, is built like a weightlifter, so it’s easy to think of him as just a power guy.
The left-handed hitter does have power, but he's athletic, too, Price pointed out.
“It's one of the first things I saw was just the monster power,” Price said. “He's played all three outfield positions and played them well.
"He hits a ball, a changeup over the left-center field fence. Usually you think sluggers are pull sluggers, right? Hit homers to the pull field. And he shoots one over to the left-center field wall for a homer and makes a game-saving play in the eighth inning with two outs. That's athleticism. That's more than a one-dimensional, single-tool player.
"To see him ... he was everything we'd heard in that scouting report when we made that trade.”