The surprise guy?
Dusty Baker is hopeing the Reds can count on someone no one is currently counting on.
“You’re always looking for that surprise player,” Baker said.
Josh Roenicke, the 25-year-old right-hander, could be that guy. Roenicke has a major league pedigree and a 98 mph fastball.
Roenicke the son of Gary Roenicke and the nephew of Ron, both of whom played in the majors. Josh played football and baseball at UCLA. He was an outfielder for Bruins who they evantually turned to close, so he relatively new to pitching.
Roenicke is a long shot to make the club. He only has 19 games above the Single-A level. But he was dominant last year: A combined 3-2, with 2.31 ERA and 24 saves at Single-A Sarasota and Double-A Chattanooga. He was better after the promotion: 1-1 with 0.95 ERA.
This is Roenicke’s first big league camp. The Reds took him in the 10th round of the 2006 draft.
“I’m here more for the experience,” he said. “My dad told me to make it hard for them (to send me out). It should be fun.”