Jenkins Knows Reds Pitchers





CINCINNATI—When the Reds decided to create the rare position of assistant pitching coach, it's no surprise that they picked Mack Jenkins to fill it.

Jenkins has spent 22 years in the Reds organization. He was a pitching coach at every level from Rookie ball to Triple-A before becoming pitching coordinator six years ago.

"I think my familiarity with the guys who came through the system will help in the new job," Jenkins said.

Jenkins, 46, is also confident in what he's left behind as far as pitching in the farm system.

"I feel like there's a lot of talent there," he said. "Obviously in 2011, there weren't a lot of guys at Double-A and Triple-A. But we have guys at the lower levels who will move up this year."

The Reds top pitching prospect is righthander Daniel Corcino, who went 11-7, 3.42 at low Class A Dayton in 2011.

"You see the comparisons to Johnny Cueto," Jenkins said. "That's accurate. They're similar physically. At this stage, Daniel probably throws harder than Johnny did. But Johnny had better control."

Jenkins also mentioned lefthanders Donnie Joseph and Tony Cingrani, righthanders Nick Christiani, J.C. Sulbaran and Tim Crabbe as pitchers who have a chance to contribute to the Reds down the line.

Joseph struggled this year, going 1-3, 6.94 ERA at Double-A, "but he rebounded with a good (Arizona) Fall League," Jenkins said.

Christiani, the 13th-round pick in 2009, went a combined 4-3, 3.82 at Double-A and Triple-A. Sulbaran, who made a name from himself pitching for the Netherlands' national team in international play, including last October to help the Dutch win the World Cup, went 9-6, 4.60 at high Class A Bakersfield last season.

RED HOTS

• The Reds signed the following players to minor league deals and invited them to camp: righthanders Sean Gallagher, Chad Reineke and Kanekoa Texeira, lefthanders Jeremy Horst and Clayton Tanner, catchers Brian Esposito and Corky Miller and outfielder Daryl Jones.

• Michael Griffin re-signed with the Reds as pitcher. Griffin, the Reds' 14th-round pick in 2005, has spent seven years in the system as outfielder. He hit .195 in 175 at-bats for Triple-A Louisville last year.