Sunday, August 31, 2003

Reds chatter

By Mike Ball
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Presenting YOUR Cincinnati Reds ...

Barry Larkin, SS
Aaron Boone, 3B
Ken Griffey Jr., OF
Austin Kearns, OF
Adam Dunn, OF
Sean Casey, 1B
Brandon Larson, 3B
Jason LaRue, C
Jimmy Haynes, RHP
Jimmy Anderson, LHP
Ryan Dempster, RHP
Danny Graves, RHP
Felix Heredia, LHP
Josias Manzanillo, RHP
Kent Mercker, LHP
John Riedling, RHP
Scott Sullivan, RHP
Gabe White, LHP
Scott Williamson, RHP
Paul Wilson, RHP
Kelly Stinnett, C
Felipe Lopez, SS
Ruben Mateo, OF
Wily Mo Pena, OF
Reggie Taylor, OF
Juan Castro, INF
Jose Guillen, OF,
Russell Branyan, INF
Chris Reitsma, RHP
Jeff Austin, RHP
Brian Reith, RHP
Ryan Freel, INF
Ray Olmedo, INF
Joey Hamilton, RHP
Stephen Smitherman, OF
Todd Van Poppel, RHP
D'Angelo Jimenez, INF
Jose Acevedo, RHP
Ryan Wagner, RHP
John Bale, LHP
Aaron Harang, RHP
Joe Valentine, RHP
Josh Hall, RHP
Mark Budzinski, OF
Corky Miller, C
Mark Watson, LHP
Dernell Stenson, OF
Seth Etherton, RHP
Jim Chamblee, INF
Tim Hummel, INF
Dan Serafini, LHP
Phil Norton, LHP
Scott Randall, RHP

Count 'em. That's 53 players, 28 of whom are pitchers, both club records for players used in a season.

The 53 players are most in the majors. Ten Reds have made their big-league debuts - Budzinski, Chamblee, Hall, Hummel, Olmedo, Randall, Smitherman, Stenson, Valentine and Wagner.

The rookie

Ryan Wagner, the 14th overall pick in the June amateur draft, is the team's first No. 1 pick to make his major-league debut the season he was chosen.

He not only has made the team but has become one of the Reds' best pitchers.

Wagner entered Saturday with a 2-0 record and 1.71 ERA in 16 games.

He is the first No. 1 to make the Reds since Kearns, No. 1 in 1998. The other picks:

2002: Chris Gruler - out for the season with a shoulder injury.
2001: Jeremy Sowers - did not sign.
2000: David Espinosa - traded to Detroit for pitcher Brian Moehler.
1999: Ty Howington - left-handed pitcher is 0-2 with a 6.91 ERA at Chattanooga.

By the numbers

9: Former Reds currently with contenders - Aaron Boone (Yankees), Felix Heredia (Yankees), Kent Mercker (Braves), Jose Guillen (Athletics), Scott Sullivan (White Sox), Gabe White (Yankees), Scott Williamson (Red Sox), Frank Robinson (Expos), Jack McKeon (Marlins).

0: Current Reds playing for contenders.

The week ahead
Monday, at Milwaukee, 2:05 p.m.
Tuesday, at Milwaukee, 8:05 p.m.
Wednesday, at Milwaukee, 8:05 p.m.
Thursday, OFF
Friday, at St. Louis, 8:10 p.m.
Saturday, at St. Louis, 8:10 p.m.
Sunday, at St. Louis, 2:10 p.m.
The skinny: The Brewers swept a four-game series from the Reds last week.

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