Loud outs turning into hits for prospect Winker

March 11th, 2017

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Reds outfielder prospect hasn't always gotten the right results on the box score, but the outs have often been loud, and it's a good sign.

"Just from a statistical point of view, he started out slow but hit a lot of balls on the screws," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "He's starting to collect three at-bats in a game, seeing a lot of left-handed pitching and showing a propensity to hit. It's a line-to-line approach, which I think we all appreciate in this day and age, a guy that's able to handle a myriad of pitches, and he's a hard guy to shift on or defend because he uses the whole field."

The organization's No. 3 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com, Winker hit an RBI triple to the right-field corner during the Reds' split-squad game vs. the Mariners in Peoria, Ariz., on Saturday.

Especially during spring, but even in the regular season, Winker says he doesn't look at his stats.

"It's a long year, so if you're lining out early, it's no big deal. Baseball has a great way of rewarding you for just barreling up the ball," Winker said. "It all comes back around. When I'm making hard outs or loud outs, that's what I'm trying to do.

"I just try to be steady. I try to put together good AB's and just be a tough out. You're going to go through stretches where they just aren't falling, so I just don't want to make it easy on the guy."

Worth noting

• Reds No. 1 prospect Nick Senzel was hit on the left hand by a pitch during live batting practice and suffered a contusion. As a precaution, Senzel was sent for X-rays, which were negative. The 2016 overall No. 2 Draft pick was originally slated to come over from Minor League camp and play his first big league spring game Saturday vs. the Giants.

• Catcher was given one more day off from the lineup Saturday after he missed a couple of games with lower back stiffness. Barnhart worked out at the Reds' complex and caught in the bullpen. Price expects him to play on Sunday.

• Bench candidate had a stiff neck following a collision at first base on Friday vs. the Rockies. Raburn, who was kneed in the head while on defense, was given concussion tests as a precaution.