Reds Enjoy Home Cooking With Travieso





CINCINNATI The Reds felt like they had a bit of a home-field advantage when it came to Nick Travieso.

Travieso played for McCarthy High (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), where the son of Reds director of Latin America scouting Tony Arias also starred.

"Sometimes, you feel like you have a little advantage when you have that kind of information," Reds scouting director Chris Buckley said. "We're hoping we knew some things others didn't."

Based on that and a 99 mph fastball, the Reds selected Travieso with the 14th overall pick in the draft. Travieso, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound righthander, went 8-1, 0.76 this year with 100 strikeouts and just 17 walks in 65 innings.

Travieso said he's hit 99 mph several times.

"I've been blessed by God with the ability to throw that hard," he said. "I typically sit at 93 to 95, but I've gotten up to 99."

Travieso has a college commitment to Miami, but should be signable.

"Right now, I am looking forward to signing professionally and get my career started" Travieso said. "Hopefully, I'll get to Cincinnati as quickly as I can to help the big league team win a World Series."

Travieso ranked 40th in Baseball America's Top 200 draft prospects, though Buckley thinks he should have been higher and that his ranking was affected by the fact he didn't play in all the showcases.

"His dad's handled him very well," Buckley said. "He limited his innings. He really looked after him. Sometimes, when guys don't participate in all events somebody holds that against them. We had him right up there to pick him."

Travieso says he's model himself after fellow fireballer Roger Clemens.

"I've followed him my whole life," Travieso said. "He's my idol. I have the same mentality he did when he was on the mound."

RED HOTS

• Lefthander Jeff Francis used an opt out clause in his contract and became a free agent. Francis was 3-6, 3.72 for Triple-A Louisville. He may re-sign with the Reds if he cannot find a job in the big leagues.

• Lefthander Tony Cingrani, 22, was promoted from high Class A Bakersfield to Double-A Pensacola. Cingrani, a third-round pick in 2011 out of Rice,  went 5-1, 1.11 at Bakersfield. He yielded two runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings in his Double-A debut.