2006 Lookouts Team Will Be A Mixture Of Veterans And New Players

Three Players Are On Baseball America's Top Ten Prospect List

Tuesday, March 28, 2006 - by Tim Evearitt
Miguel Perez has the (deserved) reputation as a great defensive catcher. The Lookouts are hoping he shows that he can hit as well.

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Miguel Perez has the (deserved) reputation as a great defensive catcher. The Lookouts are hoping he shows that he can hit as well. Click to enlarge photo.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

Although the opening day roster for the 2006 Lookouts may not be complete until the last day of spring training, it appears that the team will be a mixture of returning players and players that spent the 2005 season playing for the Reds high-A Sarasota team.

Stephen Smitherman was listed for Chattanooga but was released Monday by Cincinnati. Smitherman saw little action in spring training due to physical problems.

Three players are in Baseball America’s list of top ten prospects for Cincinnati: Miguel Perez (catcher), Joey Votto (first base), and Travis Chick (RHP.

Returning Position Players

Rick Asadoorian (25) OF
- Hit .271 for Chattanooga in 93 games and .211 for Louisville in 33 games

Ryan Hanigan (25) C
- hit over .300 for the Lookouts last season

Norris Hopper (26) OF
- had a big year for Chattanooga at the plate in 2005
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Javon Moran (23) OF
- Hit .353 for Sarasota in 53 games and .301 for Chattanooga in 23 games.

Gary Patchett (27) SS
– Hit .215 for Chattanooga in 48 games and .227 for Louisville in 9 games.


New Position Players

Luis Bolivar (25) 2b
- Hit .243 for Sarasota in 103 games

Javier Colina (27) 3b
Did not play in 2005 due to shoulder injury

Chris Dickerson (23) CF
- cousin of Eric Dickerson, former NFL player
- Hit .236 for Sarasota in 119 games. 11 home runs but fanned 124 times.

Danny Tiburcio (24) SS
– Hit .259 for Sarasota in 116 games. Made 34 errors

Miguel Perez (22) C*
- Reds Minor League Defensive Player of the Year
- Baseball America #7 prospect
- erased 44 percent of base stealers in 2005
– Hit .268 for Sarasota in 80 games and .208 for Louisville in 21 games.

Billy Rojo (22) INF
- Hit .274 in GCL in 24 games and .167 in two games at Sarasota

Mark Schramek (25) 3b
- Played in 42 games for Chattanooga in 2003 where he hit .177
– Hit .214 for Sarasota (2005) in 118 games.

Joey Votto (22) 1B*
- Baseball America ranks him the Reds ninth-best prospect.
- top first-base prospect in the system.
– Hit .256 for Sarasota in 124 games. Had 17 home runs and 83 RBI.

Jeff Urgelles (23) C
– Hit .223 for Sarasota in 63 games.

* 40-man roster


Returning Pitchers

Richie Gardner (24) RHP
- 3-6/5.73 for Chattanooga in 13 games started.

Jeff Bruksch (25) RHP
- 3-9 Chattanooga; 1-0 Louisville
- 6-3/3.06 for Sarasota in 25 games, started 17

Chick Travis (21) RHP*
Baseball America 10th best Reds’ prospect
Mobile 2.9/5.27; Chattanooga 2-2/ 4.86 in 8 games

Arian Cruz (27) LHP
-3-1/ 3.26 Chattanooga in 13 games

Phil Dumatrait (24) LHP*
- 4-12/3.17 for Chattanooga in 24 starts

Jeremy Schmidt (26) RHP
- Chattanooga 3-5/4.36 in 46 games, all in relief
- Sarasota 0-3/2.61 in 10 games, all in relief

David Shafer (24) RHP
- 1-0/0.00 for Sarasota in 10 games, all relief
- 1-6/4.04 for Chattanooga in 34 games, all relief. Struck out 41 in 39.2 innings.

Eddie Valdez (26) RHP
- 1-3/6.94 for Chattanooga in 12 games, started 11
– 3-2/1.95 for Sarasota in 14 games, started 13


New Pitchers

Giancarlo Alvardo (28) RHP
- in Mets organization

Kyle Edens (26) RHP
- 8-3/2.62 Sarasota. 37 games used mainly in relief

Carlos Guevara (24) RHP
- 4.3/2.45 for Sarasota in 44 games, all in relief

Erik Lohse (25) RHP
- brother of Kyle Lohse Twins’ pitcher
- 10-5/ 4.69 for Sarasota in 39 games, mainly in relief

Wayne Lundgren (23) RHP Australian
- no information available

Calvin Medlock (23) RHP
- Reds 2005 Minor League Pitcher of the Year

Jim Paduch (23) RHP
- 4-9/3.81 for Sarasota in 23 games, started 17

Thomas Pauly (24) RHP
- 2004 Potomac. 121 innings, struck out 135. 2.97 ERA
- did not play 2005 following shoulder surgery

Julio Villalon (27) RHP
- information not available

Brock Till (25) RHP
- 4-6/4.09 for Sarasota in 29 games, started 16 games

Chattanooga fans are sorry to learn that the Reds have released Stephen Smitherman. Injuries kept the power hitting left fielder/first baseman out of active spring training participation.

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Chattanooga fans are sorry to learn that the Reds have released Stephen Smitherman. Injuries kept the power hitting left fielder/first baseman out of active spring training participation. Click to enlarge photo.
- Photo2 by Tim Evearitt

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