Reds Send Four Arms To Arizona Fall League





CINCINNATI — None of the four pitchers the Reds sent to the Arizona Fall League ranks among the organization's top prospects.

But righthanders Tim Crabbe, Josh Ravin, Drew Hayes and Curtis Partch all give the Reds upper-level pitching depth, something they were short on in 2012. And all four pitched well in the AFL.

"We were pleased," assistant farm director Jeff Graupe said. "That's a tough league, especially for pitchers. They're usually a little tired going in. All the guys we sent out there had a full workload this season."

Partch, 25, allowed eight hits over 13 innings in the AFL, striking out 14 and walking six. A 26th-round pick in 2007 out of Merced (Calif.) JC, he had his best year after moving full-time to bullpen, going 7-4, 4.26 over 83 innings between high Class A Bakersfield and Double-A Pensacola. He struck out 79 and walked 36.

"He really took to the role," Graupe said. "He goes right after people."

Crabbe, 24, started and got the win in the AFL championship game. An 11th-round pick in 2009 out of Westmont (Calif.), he went 1-1, 4.26 in the AFL and 8-8, 4.25 during the regular season, also between high Class A and Double-A. He struck out 153 and walked 81 in 144 innings.

"He showed great perseverance," Graupe said. "We moved him up to Pensacola and he took some lumps. But he went back to Bakersfield and pitched well."
Hayes, 25, went 2-0, 4.50 in the AFL after spending the season at Pensacola, where he went 2-3, 3.41 with 64 strikeouts and 38 walks over 63 innings. He was an 11th-round pick in 2010 out of Vanderbilt."

Ravin, 24, is another pitcher the Reds moved to the bullpen in 2012, and he too split the season between Bakersfield and Pensacola, going 1-3, 5.30 in 27 innings. A sixth-round pick in 2006 out of Chatsworth (Calif.) High, he went 0-1, 6.97 in 10 innings in the AFL.

RED HOTS

• Top prospect Billy Hamilton was all right after banging into the wall trying to make a catch in the AFL championship game. "He's fine," Graupe said. "He has a little bruising, nothing serious."

• The Reds had not filled their Triple-A managerial opening. David Bell left the job after a year to take a big league coaching job with the Cubs.