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Inbox: Is Senzel destined for Reds' outfield?

Beat reporter Mark Sheldon answers questions from fans
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Does it make sense to convert Nick Senzel to an outfield position? The outfield already seems pretty set with Jesse Winker, Scott Schebler, Billy Hamilton and Phillip Ervin. Meanwhile, Scooter Gennett could bring in quite a haul through trade, and Senzel could play second base, where he already has experience. Thoughts?
- Matthew T., Lexington, Ky.

The Reds aren't converting top prospect Senzel to an outfielder as much as they are exposing him to a new position to increase his versatility and to create more avenues to get him to the big leagues. As the Cubs have demonstrated with Kris Bryant playing three positions besides his natural third base, a manager has flexibility to create better matchups with his lineups. Before Senzel had elbow surgery last week to remove some bone chips, the Reds liked what they saw from Senzel in the outfield at instructional league. It was the perfect place to try it out.

Does it make sense to convert Nick Senzel to an outfield position? The outfield already seems pretty set with Jesse Winker, Scott Schebler, Billy Hamilton and Phillip Ervin. Meanwhile, Scooter Gennett could bring in quite a haul through trade, and Senzel could play second base, where he already has experience. Thoughts?
- Matthew T., Lexington, Ky.

The Reds aren't converting top prospect Senzel to an outfielder as much as they are exposing him to a new position to increase his versatility and to create more avenues to get him to the big leagues. As the Cubs have demonstrated with Kris Bryant playing three positions besides his natural third base, a manager has flexibility to create better matchups with his lineups. Before Senzel had elbow surgery last week to remove some bone chips, the Reds liked what they saw from Senzel in the outfield at instructional league. It was the perfect place to try it out.

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Also, I would argue the Reds' outfield isn't set. Winker is coming off a major shoulder surgery. Schebler endured a lot of injuries last season, and Hamilton has underperformed at the plate. Ervin did really well with his opportunity in the second half, but he has a lot of work to do for improving defensively.

What if a team like the Reds -- who probably could not offer Bryce Harper or Manny Machado a long-term deal -- pay one of them well above what they would get per year on a long-term contract by offering a two-year, $100 million contract?
-- @JGideon818 on Twitter

I do not see it. While money is a big part of the equation, so is the security of a long-term contract. What if Harper or Machado were injured or had a dreadful season in the second year of the contract while heading into another free-agent year? Their value would plummet.

If the Reds do not hire Jim Riggleman, would he go back to bench coach? And what would happen to Pat Kelly? Also, do you think that Reds will keep interim pitching coach Danny Darwin?
-- Mason A. Oxford, Ohio

Riggleman said on the final day of the season that he would be willing to remain in the organization in just about any role. As for bench coach, it would really depend on who the new manager would want and who he is comfortable with. Kelly and Darwin were told they could remain in the organization if they weren't retained as big league coaches.

Will Cody Reed have a chance to be a starting pitcher next season?
-- Lily F., Cincinnati

Reed will likely get a shot after showing improvement and increased confidence at both the Triple-A and big league levels. The good thing about the lefty is that he could potentially be a starter or reliever, and he's shown enthusiasm about working in either role.

How does this franchise get away with not interviewing top diverse talent for their manager opening? We interviewed exclusively old white men for the manager opening outside of Billy Hatcher and Freddie Benavides.
-- Jordan S., Cincinnati

You forgot that Cincinnati also interviewed Hensley Meulens and Charlie Montoyo.

Do the Reds know now who will be available for Rule 5 Draft, or does that come later?
-- Al Lautenslager on Facebook

Teams must protect eligible players on 40-man rosters by Nov. 20. That leaves a few weeks to go over the board before Dec. 13, when the Rule 5 Draft is held on the final day of the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. Since everybody scouts at all levels of each organization, I'm sure all teams have a reasonable idea of who they would like should they be left unprotected. But I wouldn't get your hopes up that anyone selected will be a huge difference-maker. The Reds' last Rule 5 pick to last the whole season was backup catcher Stuart Turner a couple of years ago. It's been over a decade since the 2006 Rule 5 Draft, when Cincinnati got both outfielder Josh Hamilton and reliever Jared Burton.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Rays coach Baldelli interviewed for manager

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CINCINNATI -- Rays coach Rocco Baldelli was the 12th candidate to interview for the vacant Reds managerial position when he met with the club this past week, a source told MLB.com on Sunday.

Baldelli, 37, is currently Tampa Bay's Major League field coordinator under manager Kevin Cash after he spent 2015-17 as that teams' first-base coach. From 2011-14, he was a Rays baseball operations special assistant, a position he took after retiring as a player following seven seasons as an outfielder in the big leagues.

CINCINNATI -- Rays coach Rocco Baldelli was the 12th candidate to interview for the vacant Reds managerial position when he met with the club this past week, a source told MLB.com on Sunday.

Baldelli, 37, is currently Tampa Bay's Major League field coordinator under manager Kevin Cash after he spent 2015-17 as that teams' first-base coach. From 2011-14, he was a Rays baseball operations special assistant, a position he took after retiring as a player following seven seasons as an outfielder in the big leagues.

In the 2000 MLB Draft, Baldelli was the sixth overall pick by the Rays.

The Reds began interviews with managerial candidates last month and have a long list of choices. Also interviewed were interim manager Jim Riggleman, former Red Sox manager John Farrell, former Yankees manager Joe Girardi, Giants vice president of player development David Bell, former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens, Rays bench coach Charlie Montoyo, Pirates bench coach Tom Prince and Reds coaches Pat Kelly, Billy Hatcher and Freddie Benavides.

Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams told MLB.com last week that he expected a second round of interviews with some of the candidates this week. Williams only noted that the list of contenders would be "cut down a lot" from the current total.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Reds managerial candidates set for 2nd round

Williams hopes to select new skipper by end of October
MLB.com @m_sheldon

CINCINNATI -- The Reds have already interviewed 11 managerial candidates, but there will soon be another contender added, making it a dozen. Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams told MLB.com on Thursday that the club would meet with one more person this week, but declined to name the candidate.

Otherwise, Williams was pleased with how the process has played out to this point. The Reds hope to have a manager in place by the end of October.

CINCINNATI -- The Reds have already interviewed 11 managerial candidates, but there will soon be another contender added, making it a dozen. Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams told MLB.com on Thursday that the club would meet with one more person this week, but declined to name the candidate.

Otherwise, Williams was pleased with how the process has played out to this point. The Reds hope to have a manager in place by the end of October.

"We're just continuing to drill down on the candidates that we have," Williams said. "We started our process early because we knew we wanted to cast a wide net. We haven't done a search like this since I've been here. We felt like it was important to expose ourselves to different candidates with different backgrounds to find the best fit for us in our current situation. We don't want to rush through it."

After Bryan Price was relieved of his duties on April 19, Jim Riggleman took over on an interim basis.

The Reds have certainly made the selection process expansive, having already interviewed Riggleman, former Red Sox manager John Farrell, former Yankees manager Joe Girardi, Giants vice president of player development David Bell, former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens, Rays bench coach Charlie Montoyo, Pirates bench coach Tom Prince and Reds coaches Pat Kelly, Billy Hatcher and Freddie Benavides.

"We're trying to be as diligent as we can and consider as many alternatives as we can," Williams said. "We've had to invest a lot more time because we've been deeper. We thought it was worth it."

The second round of interviews is expected to begin next week. According to Williams, no one has been told that they are out of the running. He declined to name the number of candidates that would move on to getting second interviews.

"It will be cut down a lot," Williams said.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Every club's best individual playoff performance

From MadBum to Mr. October, these runs went down in franchise lore
MLB.com @williamfleitch

One of the many joys of baseball's postseason is how one player can make such an outsized difference. There's no better time for a player to go on a hot streak than in the playoffs, when he's able to carry his team for a whole series -- maybe even to a championship. Baseball is a game of ebbs and flows, of zeniths and nadirs, and everyone wants to break out and have a heater in October.

With that in mind, we look at the greatest postseason runs by a player on each of baseball's 30 teams. These are the sort of streaks that make legends in their hometowns ... the sort of runs we'll talk about forever.

One of the many joys of baseball's postseason is how one player can make such an outsized difference. There's no better time for a player to go on a hot streak than in the playoffs, when he's able to carry his team for a whole series -- maybe even to a championship. Baseball is a game of ebbs and flows, of zeniths and nadirs, and everyone wants to break out and have a heater in October.

With that in mind, we look at the greatest postseason runs by a player on each of baseball's 30 teams. These are the sort of streaks that make legends in their hometowns ... the sort of runs we'll talk about forever.

Note: We're sticking to the divisional era here, which goes back to 1969, and is the dawn of the modern postseason.

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays: Paul Molitor, 1993
.447/.527/.851, World Series MVP
Everyone remembers the Joe Carter homer, but Molitor was a monster that whole postseason for the Blue Jays at the age of 37. He was terrific back in 1982 for the Brewers, too.

Orioles: Brooks Robinson, 1970
.485/.471/.788, World Series MVP
This was, of course, the same World Series in which he made the ridiculous play at third base … though with Robinson, it's always a question of which ridiculous play.

Video: #WeKnowPostseason: Robinson's Play

Rays: James Shields, 2008
2-2, 25 IP, 2.88 ERA
This is where the "Big Game James" nickname came from, even if it maybe lasted a year or two longer than it should have.

Red Sox: David Ortiz, 2004
.400/.515/.764, ALCS MVP
It's rather difficult, all told, to figure out which Ortiz postseason to pick: He had an OPS over 1.204 in October for all three of the Red Sox championship teams he played for.

Video: 2004 ALCS Gm7: Ortiz's homer gives Red Sox early lead

Yankees: Reggie Jackson, 1978
.417/.511/.806
The highest qualified OPS by Yankees are, in fact, 2018 Aaron Judge and 2006 Derek Jeter ... but how do you not pick Mr. October?

AL CENTRAL

Indians: Orel Hershiser, 1995
4-1, 35 1/3 IP, 1.53 ERA, ALCS MVP
The season with the other Indians' World Series loss -- no, the other one -- featured vintage Hershiser ... and he split a couple of duels with Greg Maddux in the World Series, too.

Royals: Danny Jackson, 1985
2-1, 26 IP, 1.04 ERA
Bret Saberhagen is remembered as the hero of this Royals team -- along with Don Denkinger, of course -- but Jackson was actually the best pitcher for the Royals that postseason.

Tigers: Alan Trammell, 1984
.419/.500/.806, World Series MVP
Trammell put the perfect capper on the Tigers' dream season. This was a quiet argument for Trammell's Hall of Fame candidacy.

Twins: Jack Morris, 1991
4-0, 36 1/3 IP, 2.23 ERA, World Series MVP
Speaking of the Hall of Fame ... this postseason is almost certainly why Morris currently has a plaque in Cooperstown.

Video: 1991 WS Gm7: Morris' 10-inning shutout

White Sox: Jermaine Dye, 2005
.311/.415/.444, World Series MVP
Several White Sox players had a higher OPS than Dye that postseason -- including Joe Crede, Scott Podsednik and Paul Konerko -- but you've got to go with the World Series MVP.

AL WEST

Angels: Francisco Rodriguez, 2002
5-1, 18 2/3 IP, 1.93 ERA
Back when there were more rigid bullpen roles, K-Rod was deployed liberally and devastatingly in 2002, back when he was 20 years old.

Astros: Carlos Beltran, 2004
.435/.536/1.022
Cardinals fans will be having nightmares about 2004 Carlos Beltran for decades to come ... and they won that series.

Video: 2004 NLCS Gm4: Beltran hits eighth homer of playoffs

Athletics: Dave Stewart, 1989
4-0, 32 IP, 2.25 ERA, World Series MVP
Stewart had a career 2.77 postseason ERA in 133 innings ... he would actually win the ALCS MVP the very next season, too.

Mariners: Ken Griffey Jr., 1995
.364/.442/.818
Jay Buhner was just as good as The Kid in 1995 ... but Griffey is Griffey.

Rangers: Juan Gonzalez, 1996
.438/.526/1.375
The Rangers actually lost this Division Series in four games, but good heavens, was Juan Gone ever a monster, hitting five homers in four games.

Video: 1996 ALDS Gm4: Juan Gonzalez's fifth home run of ALDS

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves: John Smoltz, 1996
4-1, 38 IP, 0.95 ERA
You could also go with Greg Maddux's 1995 run -- since the Braves won the World Series that year, after all -- and you wouldn't be wrong.

Marlins: Josh Beckett, 2003
2-2, 42 2/3 IP, 2.11 ERA, World Series MVP
After the Yankees and Red Sox had their first of two epic postseason battles, Beckett was happy to pick up the pieces in the World Series.

Video: WS Gm6: Beckett shuts out Yanks as Marlins win series

Mets: Bobby Ojeda, 1986
2-0, 27 IP, 2.33 ERA
Of all the great Mets starters on that team, it was Ojeda who had the best postseason.

Nationals: Stephen Strasburg, 2017
1-1, 14 IP, 0.00 ERA
Since we're excluding the Expos -- if we weren't, Steve Rogers in 1981 would be the obvious answer here -- we must dig into the gruesome land of the Nationals' postseason failures. Strasburg has the ultimate Nationals playoff line: 0 earned runs, 1 loss.

Video: WSH@CHC Gm4: Strasburg K's 12 over seven scoreless

Phillies: Cliff Lee, 2009
4-0, 40 1/3 IP, 1.56 ERA
Cole Hamels had the World Series MVP in '08, but Lee was actually better, in five more innings.

NL CENTRAL

Brewers: Ryan Braun, 2011
.405/.468/.714
This postseason performance feels like a lifetime ago, but it's one the Brewers sure would appreciate a repeat of.

Cardinals: David Freese, 2011
.397/.465/.794, NLCS MVP, World Series MVP
Freese actually struggled in the NLDS this season ... though he ended up making up for it.

Video: Must C Comeback: Freese's triple ties it up in ninth

Cubs: Jon Lester, 2016
3-1, 35 2/3 IP, 2.02 ERA, NLCS co-MVP
Lester still feels like the postseason starter Cubs fans trust most, and probably always will.

Pirates: Willie Stargell, 1979
.415/.435/.927, NLCS MVP, World Series MVP
He also shared the regular-season MVP Award this year, pulling off the rare trifecta.

Reds: Johnny Bench, 1976
.444/.464/.926, World Series MVP
Bench was as dominant as the Reds were in this matter-of-fact World Series sweep.

NL WEST

D-backs: Curt Schilling, 2001
4-0, 48 1/3 IP, 1.12 ERA, World Series co-MVP
Randy Johnson's line this exact 2001 postseason: 5-1, 41 1/3 IP, 1.52 ERA. That is ... difficult to beat.

Video: WS2001 Gm4: Schilling comes up clutch on short rest

Dodgers: Hershiser, 1988
3-0, 1 SV, 42 2/3 IP, 1.05 ERA, NLCS MVP, World Series MVP
Hershiser is the only pitcher to be on this list twice ... and how could he not be?

Giants: Madison Bumgarner, 2014
4-1, 1 SV, 52 2/3 IP, 1.03 ERA, NLCS MVP, World Series MVP
This is an obvious pick, but at this point I'd like to remind you that Barry Bonds put up a .356/.581/.978 in 2002.

Video: WS2014 Gm7: Bumgarner sets postseason innings record

Padres: Sterling Hitchcock, 1998
3-0, 22 IP, 1.23 ERA, NLCS MVP
He gave up only one earned run in six innings in his lone World Series start ... not that it did the Padres much good.

Rockies: Kaz Matsui, 2007
.304/.347/.500
It was a strange postseason for the Rockies in 2007, but if you forget the World Series happened altogether, it was a glorious one.

Will Leitch is a columnist for MLB.com.

Trammell hits 2 singles in Fall League action

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Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Monday:

• GamedaySurprise 2, Scottsdale 0 | Peoria 13, Salt River 4 | Mesa 8, Glendale 0

Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Monday:

• GamedaySurprise 2, Scottsdale 0 | Peoria 13, Salt River 4 | Mesa 8, Glendale 0

AL East

2018 Arizona Fall League rosters

Blue Jays
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., MLB Pipeline's No. 1 overall prospect, continued a torrid fall with another hit, a seventh-inning single, in Surprise's 2-0 win over Scottsdale on Monday, and added a walk in a 1-for-4 evening at the plate. Blue Jays No. 9 prospect Cavan Biggio added a walk and run in five trips to the plate.

Orioles
A pair of Orioles prospects -- southpaw Tyler Erwin and right-hander Jay Flaa -- turned in strong relief performances in a losing effort for Glendale. Erwin struck out a batter in a perfect inning, while Flaa walked one batter in a scoreless inning. Third baseman Steve Wilkerson collected one of Glendale's five hits, batting 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. The O's No. 12 prospect, center fielder Ryan McKenna, went 0-for-3 with a walk.

Rays
Shortstop Lucius Fox, the Rays' No. 9 prospect, reached base five times with two hits and three walks from the leadoff spot to key a 13-run outburst by Peoria on Monday. No. 25 prospect Ryan Boldt added two hits and two walks, including an RBI single. No. 17 prospect Joe McCarthy, the left fielder, was 0-for-4 with an RBI groundout. Starting pitcher Matt Krook got Peoria in an early hole, allowing four runs in 2 2/3 innings, with two of those runs brought in by a double off reliever Dalton Moats, who otherwise pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Video: Fox on game, lessons learned at Arizona Fall League

Red Sox
Second baseman Esteban Quiroz scored and added a single in five trips to the plate for the Solar Sox in their 8-0 shutout of Glendale.

Yankees
Right-hander Jordan Foley started for Glendale and gave up two unearned runs, two hits and two walks while striking out three batters in his second appearance of fall. Righty Kyle Zurak gave up two runs in two-thirds of an inning. Steven Sensley had one of five Glendale hits. Yankees No. 2 prospect Estevan Florial went 0-for-3 with a walk, and No. 16 Thairo Estrada went 0-for-4.

AL Central

Indians
Jared Robinson absorbed the brunt of the damage in Glendale's loss to Mesa, allowing four runs on four hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings. He struck out two batters in his first AFL appearance of 2018. Right-fielder Connor Marabell went 1-for-4, and catcher Li-Jen Chu hit a pinch-hit double in the eighth.

Royals
Surprise trotted out four Royals pitching prospects to combine for a four-hit shutout against Scottsdale on Monday night, started by No. 26 prospect Scott Blewett (4 IP, 4 K) and finished by No. 12 prospect Arnaldo Hernandez (2 IP, 1 K), Grant Gavin (2 IP, 3 K) and Walker Sheller, who earned the save with a perfect ninth inning. Royals No. 2 prospect Khalil Lee went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts.

Video: Top Prospects: Scott Blewett, RHP, Royals

Tigers
Left fielder Daniel Woodrow went 2-for-4 with a run scored for Mesa. It's his second multi-hit game in a row.

Twins
Right fielder Luke Raley, the Twins' No. 19 prospect, went 0-for-2 with a walk and scored on a sacrifice fly in Salt River's 13-4 loss to Peoria. Jaylin Davis went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts as the starting designated hitter.

White Sox
White Sox No. 28 prospect Laz Rivera, a shortstop, went 0-for-4 for Glendale.

AL West

A's
A quartet of A's prospects -- Calvin Coker (1 1/3 innings), Angel Duno (2 IP), Jake Bray (1 IP) and Sam Sheehan (1 2/3 IP) -- combined to pitch six scoreless innings in relief against Glendale. Center fielder Luis Barrera drove in a pair of runs and scored two with a hit and a walk. Designated hitter Eli White, the A's No. 18 prospect, was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, a run, a walk and a stolen base.

Angels
Right-hander Jesus Castillo, the Angels' No. 12 prospect, started for Mesa and pitched three scoreless frames, holding Glendale to just three hits and a walk while fanning five batters. David MacKinnon drew two walks, and Roberto Baldoquin went hitless in five at-bats but plated two runs on ground outs.

Video: Castillo on pitching performance in Fall League

Astros
Astros No. 24 prospect Trent Thornton was the first man out of the bullpen for Scottsdale, allowing two hits in two shutout innings with three strikeouts and a walk. No. 21 prospect Abraham Toro-Hernandez and center fielder Ronnie Dawson were both hitless as the Scorpions were shut out by Surprise.

Mariners
Mariners No. 2 prospect Evan White continued a strong fall with an RBI double and bases-loaded walk in Peoria's 13-run showing to bring his AFL RBI total up to seven. Catcher Joe DeCarlo hit a two-run double and walked twice while scoring three runs.

Rangers
Julio Pablo Martinez drove in one of Surprise's two runs with an RBI groundout and also doubled in four trips to the plate. Charles Leblanc started at designated hitter and singled in a 1-for-4 performance.

NL East

Braves
A pair of Braves prospects pitched effectively in relief for Peoria, with Thomas Burrows, Atlanta's No. 19 prospect, throwing two hitless innings with four strikeouts, and Adam McCreery tossing a scoreless ninth inning in the Javelinas' 13-4 victory. Center fielder Cristian Pache, the Braves' No. 6 prospect, hit an RBI single and walked twice, while second baseman Ray-Patrick Didder was 1-for-4 with a run scored.

Marlins
Marlins No. 1 prospect Monte Harrison extended Salt River's early lead with a two-run double, but teammates Brian Miller and Bryson Brigman went hitless in the loss to Peoria. Kyle Keller got the final out for Salt River, while Tommy Eveld was charged with four runs after walking two and allowing two hits to Peoria in one-third of an inning.

Mets
No. 24 prospect Stephen Nogosek threw a scoreless eighth inning for Scottsdale with a strikeout and a walk, while No. 1 prospect Andres Jimenez and No. 2 prospect Peter Alonso were each hitless in four at-bats. Ali Sanchez entered as a defensive replacement at catcher for the ninth inning.

Nationals
Southpaw Jordan Milles pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in a losing effort for the Rafters, holding Peoria to one hit and a walk while striking out one batter. Nationals No. 2 prospect Carter Kieboom went 0-for-2, but drew two walks and scored a run. No. 7 Daniel Johnson, an outfielder, went 0-for-4, and left-hander Ben Braymer allowed four runs on a hit and three walks and recorded just one out.

Phillies
Phillies No. 11 prospect Arquimedes Gamboa and outfielder Luke Williams had two of the Scorpions' four hits, while Darick Hall went 0-for-3 with a strikeout as the designated hitter. Jonathan Hennigan pitched the fifth inning and allowed one of the two Surprise runs, while Seth McGarry relieved Hennigan and threw two shutout innings with two strikeouts.

NL Central

Brewers
Keston Hiura, the Brewers' No. 1 prospect, drove in three runs with a bases-loaded walk and two-run single to collect his 10th RBI of AFL play. No. 8 prospect Daniel Brown pitched a scoreless eighth inning with a strikeout.

Cardinals
Second baseman Andy Young was one of two Surprise hitters with multiple hits and drove in one of the Saguaros' two runs with a first-inning RBI single. Catcher Jeremy Martinez walked in all four of his plate appearances in a perfect night at the plate.

Cubs
The Cubs' No. 6 prospect, shortstop Nico Hoerner, turned in a three-hit performance for a second straight game and scored a run in Mesa's win. Right fielder Trent Giambrone (Cubs' No. 29) and catcher P.J. Higgins each went 0-for-4 with a run and a walk.

Pirates
Pirates No. 16 prospect Will Craig went 2-for-4 as one of two Saguaros hitters with multiple hits, while No. 5 prospect Cole Tucker singled to start the game before scoring on a sacrifice fly.

Reds
Outfielder Taylor Trammell, the Reds' No. 3 prospect, knocked two singles on Monday night and was the only Scottsdale hitter with multiple hits. No. 8 prospect Shed Long walked in a pinch-hit at-bat, while starter Austin Orewiler took the loss after allowing one run on three hits in two innings.

NL West

D-backs
Arizona's No. 5 prospect, catcher Daulton Varsho, went 0-for-3 but drew a walk. Two pitching prospects pitched for Salt River: Kevin Ginkel, who tossed 1 1/3 innings and struck out three while allowing a run, and Bo Takahashi, who took the loss after being charged for four runs on four hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning.

Dodgers
Right-handers Nolan Long and Jordan Sheffield each made scoreless relief appearances for Glendale. Long allowed two hits and struck out three in two scoreless frames, and Sheffield struck out one in a perfect frame with one strikeout. Catcher Keibert Ruiz went 1-for-3, and designated hitter Cody Thomas went 0-for-2 with a walk.

Giants
Sam Wolff struck out a batter in a scoreless ninth in Scottsdale's loss to Surprise, and catcher Matt Winn went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.

Padres
Padres No. 23 prospect Hudson Potts tied the team lead with three RBIs with a pair of run-scoring singles and scored a run in Peoria's 13-4 win. Hansel Rodriguez picked up his first win of the fall by pitching a scoreless fifth inning before his lineup exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the frame.

Rockies
Rockies No. 10 prospect Ryan Castellani was wild but effective in a solid start, walking three but keeping Peoria off the board in 3 2/3 hitless innings. No. 11 prospect Tyler Nevin was 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and an RBI single, while Josh Fuentes doubled, walked and scored a run in a 1-for-4 performance.

Senzel to undergo surgery on left elbow

Reds' No. 1 prospect has bone spurs, will need six weeks to recover
MLB.com @m_sheldon

CINCINNATI -- A chance for Nick Senzel to try his newly mined skills as an outfielder in the Arizona Fall League was scrapped when it was learned that the Reds top prospect needs left elbow surgery to remove bone spurs.

Senzel, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the organization's No. 1 prospect and No. 6 overall, will have his operation performed by team medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek on Tuesday and is expected to need six weeks to recover. The 23-year-old had been learning to play left field and center field in Arizona during instructional league.

CINCINNATI -- A chance for Nick Senzel to try his newly mined skills as an outfielder in the Arizona Fall League was scrapped when it was learned that the Reds top prospect needs left elbow surgery to remove bone spurs.

Senzel, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the organization's No. 1 prospect and No. 6 overall, will have his operation performed by team medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek on Tuesday and is expected to need six weeks to recover. The 23-year-old had been learning to play left field and center field in Arizona during instructional league.

"It's just a couple of bone spurs. Now is the time to do it because it won't impact any of his offseason work," Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams said. "It's six weeks of no activity with that elbow and then he'll have a normal offseason progression. We wanted him to go through the instructs to get outfield instruction and get the experience out there. But we didn't want to push it any further than that. It was something that was nagging."

An MRI exam confirmed the bone spurs, and the surgery is considered minor. However, it's the third time this year that a health issue has forced Senzel off of the field. He missed nearly a month in May because of a bout with vertigo -- the second of his pro career. In late June after a ground ball hit him on the hand, he had season-ending surgery to repair a broken index finger.

When asked if there were health concerns regarding the team's top prospect, Williams wasn't concerned.

"They're just unrelated, fluke situations," Williams replied. "It's frustrating that he lost time this year and potentially an opportunity to play in the Fall League. But really in the greater scheme of things, he had a very nice year. He had a chance to perform on the field, a chance to progress and a chance to go to instructional league. Taking a ground ball off your finger and having a bone spur to get cleaned up, guys have that all the time."

In 44 games for Triple-A Louisville, mostly playing second base, Senzel batted .310/.378/.509 with six home runs and 25 RBIs.

"If he can do as well as he did while struggling through with minor things, it just makes us excited to see him at full-go," Williams said.

Drafted No. 2 overall as a third baseman in the 2016 MLB Draft, Senzel was given his first look at shortstop during Spring Training. During the regular season, he was moved to second base for Louisville. With the Reds having Eugenio Suarez locked in at third base and Scooter Gennett at second base, the outfield could be another option for Senzel to reach the big leagues.

This fall, Senzel played mostly in left field but also some center field while getting instruction from Reds coaches at the team's Goodyear, Ariz., complex. He was expected to see some action in the Arizona Fall League.

"He just was getting exposed to both," Williams said. "It was more, at this point, about the concept of stretching your arm out to make a different throw than you're used to and understanding the positioning. We'll see when we get him in live games how the instincts will play out there. We've always been optimistic about that because he's always been a very instinctual ballplayer."

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Pipeline names Reds' Prospects of the Year

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CINCINNATI -- In a relatively short amount of time, a pair of 21-year-old Reds prospects have made good impressions on the field. In addition, how outfielder Taylor Trammell and starting pitcher Tony Santillan handle themselves while not in games has also been noticed.

"Both of these guys have a maturity and contentiousness to what they do with preparation, competitiveness," said Shawn Pender, the Reds' vice president of player development.

CINCINNATI -- In a relatively short amount of time, a pair of 21-year-old Reds prospects have made good impressions on the field. In addition, how outfielder Taylor Trammell and starting pitcher Tony Santillan handle themselves while not in games has also been noticed.

"Both of these guys have a maturity and contentiousness to what they do with preparation, competitiveness," said Shawn Pender, the Reds' vice president of player development.

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Trammell and Santillan were named as the Reds' Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year by MLB Pipeline.

Each team's hitting and pitching Prospects of the Year were chosen by the MLB Pipeline staff. To receive consideration, players must have spent at least half the year in the Minors and appeared on the team's Top 30 Prospects list.

In 110 games for Class A Advanced Daytona, Trammell batted .277/.375/.406 with eight home runs, 41 RBIs, 25 steals and 71 runs. MLB Pipeline ranks him as the organization's No. 3 prospect and No. 17 overall.

Trammell also dazzled on a national stage this season when he was the MVP of the Sirius-XM All-Star Futures Game in Washington, D.C. He went 2-for-2 with a home run and a triple for Team USA.

"He just gets it," Pender said. "He knows there are things he needs to work on. He applies himself with the help of others. He keeps marching forward in all aspects of his game. Obviously offensively, the power he continues to show and the bat speed, and the athleticism that plays both offensively and defensively is really important to us. He's developing to be a better defender and a better baserunner."

Video: Trammell discusses his season on the Pipeline Podcast

Trammell was taken 35th overall in the first round by Cincinnati in the 2016 MLB Draft.

Santillan, ranked No. 5 in the organization by MLB Pipeline, was 10-7 with a 3.08 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over 26 games combined for Daytona and Double-A Pensacola in 2018. In 149 innings, the right-hander gave up 146 hits and 38 walks while striking out 134. A big kid that stands at 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, Santillan turned the corner last season after struggling his first two professional seasons. The 2015 second round pick has always been considered to have overpowering stuff, and now he's learned how to command it and manage a game.

Video: Top Prospects: Antonio Santillan, RHP, Reds

"What really stood out to me was how aggressive he was in the strike zone and how he worked to get ahead," Pender said. "Usually when guys have good stuff and they're younger, you sometimes have to wait for the other things to happen -- the command and control. He just had increased feel with everything. The was marked improvement with his ability to locate the quality stuff that we all saw from this guy."

If Trammell and Santillan continue to advance at the current trajectory, Reds fans won't have to wait very long to get their first looks at two of the more promising young players in the organization. 

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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'75 World Series one of the best of all time

The most memorable October event of the divisional era for every club
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There are just four teams remaining in this year's postseason, but every fan, even those of the Mariners (the team with the longest postseason drought, now up to 17 seasons), can relate to what it feels like to be in the playoffs. The late nights, the constant tension, the stakes so high you can barely breathe ... and when something wonderful happens, the release and the pure, unbridled jubilation.

With that in mind, we take a look at the greatest postseason moments of the division era. Even if your team isn't a postseason team, you can remember your great October moments … and if it is, you can dream of maybe having another one this month that's even better.

There are just four teams remaining in this year's postseason, but every fan, even those of the Mariners (the team with the longest postseason drought, now up to 17 seasons), can relate to what it feels like to be in the playoffs. The late nights, the constant tension, the stakes so high you can barely breathe ... and when something wonderful happens, the release and the pure, unbridled jubilation.

With that in mind, we take a look at the greatest postseason moments of the division era. Even if your team isn't a postseason team, you can remember your great October moments … and if it is, you can dream of maybe having another one this month that's even better.

(For the purpose of this exercise, we are going back to 1969, which is the start of divisional play and the birth of the postseason as we know it.)

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays: Joe Carter's World Series walk-off, Oct. 23, 1993
The Blue Jays might not have that many postseason moments, but the greatness of this one more than makes up for that. Runner-up: Jose Bautista's ALDS Game 5 bat flip, Oct. 14, 2015.

Video: 93 WS, GM 6, PHI@TOR: Joe Carter touches them all

Orioles: Brooks Robinson's incredible play, 1970 World Series, Oct. 10, 1970
The best part about this play, which might be the greatest defensive play in World Series history, is how surprised the umpire looks. Even he can't believe what he just saw. Runner-up: David McNally's grand slam, World Series Game 3, Oct. 13, 1970.

Rays: First and only World Series trip clinched, Oct. 19, 2008
A decade ago, and still pretty jaw-dropping that all this happened. Runner-up: Grant Balfour strikes out Ken Griffey Jr. to clinch the first ALDS victory, Oct. 6, 2008.

Red Sox: First World Series title since 1918, Oct. 27, 2004
You might remember when this happened. (It's when lifelong Red Sox fans Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore got on television.) Runner-up: David Ortiz's ALCS grand slam vs. the Tigers sent a cop joyous in the bullpen and turns the series around on Oct. 13, 2013.

Video: Must C Classic: Red Sox win first WS since 1918

Yankees: Reggie Jackson's three homers in 1977 World Series
There's a reason no one else gets to be called "Mr. October." Runner-up: Mr. November -- Derek Jeter's World Series Game 5 walk-off homer on Nov. 1, 2001.

Video: 1977 WS Gm6: Reggie becomes Mr. October

AL CENTRAL

Indians: Eddie Murray's walk-off, Game 3, 1995 World Series, Oct. 24, 1995
It was Cleveland's first World Series game in 41 years, and ended with a Hall of Famer sending the crowd into euphorics. Runner-up: Rajai Davis' home run off Aroldis Chapman, 2016 World Series, Nov. 2, 2016

Royals: Royals win 2015 World Series, Nov. 1, 2015
It was a magical season and a magical World Series that just seems more improbable each year that goes by. Runner-up: The Don Denkinger play, and aftermath, 1985 World Series, Oct. 26, 1985.

Tigers: Magglio Ordonez sends Tigers to World Series, Oct. 14, 2006
The sounds that crowd makes the minute the bat meets the ball still gives you chills 12 years later. Runner-up: Kirk Gibson's Game 5 homer, 1984 World Series.

Twins: Kirby Puckett's Game 6 walk-off, 1991 World Series, Oct. 26, 1991
The original "We Will See You Tomorrow Night." Runner-up: Twins win 1987 World Series, their first in Minnesota, Oct. 25, 1987.

Video: Must C Classic: Puckett crushes a walk-off homer

White Sox: White Sox win 2005 World Series, Oct. 26, 2015
A game that was razor-tight, in a series that was much closer than anyone remembers. Runner-up: Scott Podsednik's Game 2 walk-off, Oct. 23, 2015.

AL WEST

Angels: Scott Spiezio's homer, Game 6, 2002 World Series, Oct. 26, 2002
The most Rally Monkey of all the Rally Monkey moments, his three-run clout cued the rally from a 5-0 deficit. Runner-up: Troy Percival gets last out to win 2002 World Series, Oct. 27, 2002.

Astros: Charlie Morton finishes the Dodgers off, 2017 World Series, Nov. 1, 2017
This was so long ago you might not remember it, but trust me, it was wonderful. Runner-up: Chris Burke sends everybody home after 18 innings, 2005 NLDS.

Video: WS2017 Gm7: Morton induces groundout to close out WS

Athletics: Eck closes out the 1989 World Series, October 28, 1989
When in doubt, go with the Hall of Famer closing out a series for an all-time great team. Runner-up: Joe Rudi's amazing catch, World Series Game 2, Oct. 14, 1973.

Mariners: Ken Griffey Jr. slides home to win the 1995 ALDS, Oct. 8, 1995
Basically, everything wonderful about the history of Mariners baseball, happening in one play. Runner-up: Mariners win most recent postseason series, 2001 ALDS over Cleveland.

Video: Griffey slides home to clinch the ALDS in 1995

Rangers: Neftali Feliz sends Texas to its first World Series, 2010 ALCS, Oct. 22, 2010
Over the hated Yankees, no less. Runner-up: Josh Hamilton's 2011 World Series Game 6 homer, which was this close to being one of the greatest baseball moments of recent memory.

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves: Only World Series win in Atlanta, Oct. 28, 1995
It still seems amazing that this is the only one they ever got. Runner-up: The Sid Bream Slide, Oct. 14, 1992.

Marlins: Edgar Renteria's walk-off to win 1997 World Series, Oct. 26, 1997
Poor Cleveland. Runner-up: The Bartman play, and all that followed, 2003 NLCS.

Video: WS1997 Gm7: Fish win first WS on Renteria's walk-off

Mets: Mookie Wilson reaches base, Ray Knight scores, Mets win on Bill Buckner's error, Game 6, 1986 World Series, Oct. 25, 1986
A Mets comeback for the ages. Runner-up: Miracle Mets win 1969 World Series.

Video: 1986 World Series, Game 6: Red Sox at Mets

Nationals: Jayson Werth's 2012 NLDS walk-off, Oct. 11, 2012
After this, the Nats lost the series. But for the moment, it was great. Runner-up: Strasburg fans 12 to extend last year's NLDS.

Phillies: Brad Lidge gets the last out of a long game, 2008 World Series, Oct. 27, 2008
It took a couple of days for this game to actually finish, but no Phillies fan would ever complain. Runner-up: Roy Halladay's no-hitter, 2010 NLDS against Cincinnati.

NL CENTRAL

Brewers: Paul Molitor's inside-the-park homer, 1982 ALCS, Oct. 6, 1982
Runner-up: Nyjer Morgan's walk-off over Arizona in 2011 NLDS, particularly when called by Bob Uecker.

Cardinals: David Freese's triple to tie 2011 World Series Game 6, Oct. 27, 2011
The walk-off homer in the 11th gets more air time, but this was truly one of the most insane hits in World Series history. Runner-up: Ozzie Smith's 1985 NLCS homer off Tom Niedenfuer, the "Go Crazy, Folks" moment.

Video: WS2011 Gm6: Freese saves the Cards with a huge triple

Cubs: History in 2016
This was … not a tough call. Runner-up: Kyle Schwarber's shot atop the Wrigley scoreboard, Game 4, 2015 NLDS.

Video: Cubs win first World Series title in 108 years

Pirates: Willie Stargell's homer, 1979 World Series, Game 7, Oct. 17, 1979
And to do it in such beautiful threadsRunner-up: Pirates fans scare Johnny Cueto into dropping the ball, 2013 NL Wild Card Game at PNC Park.

Reds: Big Red Machine wins a Fall Classic for the ages, Oct. 22, 1975
It's only East Coast Bias that makes you think of Carlton Fisk when you think of this series. Runner-up: Reds sweep heavily favored A's in 1990 World Series.

NL WEST

D-backs: Luis Gonzalez off Mariano Rivera, 2001 World Series, Nov. 4, 2001
Ah, the perils of playing the infield in … Runner-up: Tony Womack's hit in 2001 NLDS.

Video: Must C Classic: Gonzalez walks off, wins World Series

Dodgers: Kirk Gibson pulls himself around the bases, 1988 World Series
Runner-up: Juan Uribe's 2013 go-ahead homer in Game 4 NLDS against Atlanta.

Video: Must C Classic: Gibson's 1988 WS walk-off home run

Giants: First World Series win in San Francisco, 2010 World Series, Nov. 1, 2010
Edgar Renteria hit .412 with two homers and six RBIs and the city got its first celebration. Runner-up: Madison Bumgarner's dominance in 2014 World Series.

Padres: Tony Gwynn's bad hop double, 1984 NLCS, Game 5, Oct. 7, 1984
The biggest hit of Gwynn's career was a bizarre one, but it got the job done. Runner-up: Padres finish off Braves to win 1998 NLCS.

Rockies: The Holliday slide, Oct. 1, 2007
He touched the plate … well, eventually. Maybe not technically the postseason either, but it came after Game 162. Runner-up: Rockies sweep D-backs to reach 2007 World Series.

Will Leitch is a columnist for MLB.com.

Reds claim catcher Graterol off waivers

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CINCINNATI -- The Reds claimed catcher Juan Graterol off waivers from the Twins on Wednesday.

Graterol, 29, has appeared in 61 Major League games since his 2016 debut and has a .217 career average and 308 1/3 innings caught. In 2018, he appeared in four games with the Angels and Twins.

CINCINNATI -- The Reds claimed catcher Juan Graterol off waivers from the Twins on Wednesday.

Graterol, 29, has appeared in 61 Major League games since his 2016 debut and has a .217 career average and 308 1/3 innings caught. In 2018, he appeared in four games with the Angels and Twins.

Over 58 games at Triple-A this season, Graterol batted .301/.330/.354.

Cincinnati previously claimed Graterol on Nov. 28, 2016, from the Angels but he never played a game for the Reds. The move began a whirlwind of transactions that saw the catcher claimed by the D-backs, the Angels and the Blue Jays before being traded back to the Angels in January 2017.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Reds interview Bucs coach Prince for manager

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The Reds interviewed Pirates bench coach Tom Prince for their vacant managerial job, a source told MLB.com's Mark Sheldon.

Prince joins a long list of candidates in whom the Reds have expressed interest. Last week, they interviewed former Yankees manager Joe Girardi, former Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus and Giants vice president of player development David Bell, and they were scheduled to meet with Giants bench coach Hensley Muelens and Rays bench coach Charlie Montoyo this week.

The Reds interviewed Pirates bench coach Tom Prince for their vacant managerial job, a source told MLB.com's Mark Sheldon.

Prince joins a long list of candidates in whom the Reds have expressed interest. Last week, they interviewed former Yankees manager Joe Girardi, former Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus and Giants vice president of player development David Bell, and they were scheduled to meet with Giants bench coach Hensley Muelens and Rays bench coach Charlie Montoyo this week.

Interim manager Jim Riggleman, scout and former Red Sox manager John Farrell and three members of the coaching staff -- Billy Hatcher, Pat Kelly and Freddie Benavides -- are among the internal candidates for the job.

Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams has said the organization hopes to name a permanent manager by the end of October. The Reds dismissed Bryan Price in April after four-plus seasons at the helm when the club got off to a 3-15 start this season.

Prince, a former big league catcher, has spent 35 years in professional baseball, including 24 with the Pirates. He was the Bucs' Minor League Field coordinator before joining Clint Hurdle's staff in October 2016.

He has 11 seasons of managerial experience in the Minors, and played 17 seasons in the Majors from 1987-2003 with the Pirates, Dodgers, Phillies, Twins and Royals.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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Rodriguez collects two hits in Fall League

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Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Thursday:

Gameday: Surprise 10, Glendale 9 | Salt River 7, Scottsdale 6 | Mesa 10, Peoria 9

Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Thursday:

Gameday: Surprise 10, Glendale 9 | Salt River 7, Scottsdale 6 | Mesa 10, Peoria 9

AL East

Blue Jays
Blue Jays No. 9 prospect Cavan Biggio went 0-for-2, but walked four times and drove in a run. Right-hander Zach Jackson recorded four strikeouts while allowing one hit in 1 1/3 innings of relief for Surprise.

2018 Arizona Fall League rosters

Orioles
Orioles No. 12 prospect Ryan McKenna went 2-for-4 with two runs and a walk out of the leadoff spot for Glendale. One of the hits was a double, McKenna's second extra-base hit in as many games after he tripled on Wednesday. Starter Chris Lee gave up one hit over two scoreless innings, while righty Jay Flaa worked 1 1/3 scoreless frames despite issuing four walks. Tyler Erwin also struggled with his control as he allowed one earned run on three walks and two hit batsmen.

Rays
Shortstop Lucius Fox, the Rays' No. 9 prospect, connected on a three-run home run in the eighth inning en route to his second straight two-hit game for Peoria. He scored two runs, walked once and stole a base, finishing 2-for-4. Joe McCarthy (No. 17) also reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. On the mound, right-hander Phoenix Sanders allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits, two walks and two balks in 1 1/3 innings, while Brandon Lawson took the loss after giving up a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning.

Red Sox
Esteban Quiroz put Mesa on the board with a third-inning solo homer and reached base five times, going 2-for-3 with three runs scored, three walks and an RBI. Mike Shawaryn, Boston's No. 9 prospect, tossed 1 1/3 hitless innings in relief.

Yankees
Steven Sensley plated a pair of runs with a double and finished 2-for-5 for Glendale. Hobie Harris posted 2 1/3 innings of one-run ball in relief, while Matt Wivinis recorded an out late in the game.

AL Central

Indians
Indians No. 6 prospect Yu Chang went 1-for-5 and logged his second start at third base for Glendale. Hard-throwing righty Dalbert Siri scuffled in relief, allowing three earned runs on three hits and a walk in one inning.

Royals
Royals No. 2 prospect Khalil Lee went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, two walks and a stolen base from the bottom of Surprise's lineup. Catcher Meibrys Viloria also made an impact with a 1-for-4 performance that included a two-run double and two walks. Grant Gavin recorded the save despite allowing an unearned run on one hit.

Tigers
Daniel Pinero and Daniel Woodrow each collected two hits, an RBI and a steal for Mesa. Eduardo Jimenez was sharp in relief, striking out a pair of hitters over two perfect frames, though Tigers No. 26 prospect Sandy Baez was hammered for five earned runs on five hits in two-thirds of an inning.

Twins
Twins No. 19 prospect Luke Raley went 0-for-4, but walked twice and scored a run for Salt River. Hector Lujan gave up three runs and retired only two hitters. Jaylin Davis went 2-for-5. Adam Bray picked up the win for Salt River with two hitless innings.

White Sox
White Sox No. 4 prospect Luis Robert (No. 44 overall) went 2-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored. He's hit safely in all three games so far for Glendale. Outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe (No. 9) and shortstop Laz Rivera (No. 28) each drew a walk, but collectively finished 0-for-7. More »

AL West

A's
Outfielder Luis Barrera scored the walk-off run in the 10th for Mesa to cap a 1-for-4 game in which he scored two runs, walked twice and stole a base. Right-hander Calvin Coker retired all four batters he faced in relief, striking out one.

Angels
Brett Hanewich pitched around a pair of walks as he struck out the side in the 10th to earn his second win in as many outings for Mesa.

Astros
Astros No. 8 prospect J.B. Bukauskas threw 3 1/3 innings in a start for Scottsdale. The right-hander yielded one unearned run that scored on a passed ball, but was lights-out otherwise. He gave up three hits, struck out five and walked one. Abraham Toro-Hernandez (No. 21) went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Trent Thornton (No. 24) followed Bukauskas and gave up two runs on two hits. Ronnie Dawson went 0-for-3, but walked three times. Erasmo Pinales gave up two hits but also struck out two in a scoreless frame.

Mariners
Mariners No. 2 prospect Evan White has five RBIs through two games after his 1-for-3, three-RBI game for Peoria. Chris Mariscal also had a solid game, going 2-for-4 with two runs, while Matt Walker worked an inning in relief.

Rangers
Third baseman Charles Leblanc tallied two hits and two walks out of the No. 3 spot in Surprise's lineup. Starter Tai Tiedemann and reliever Joe Barlow both struggled as they allowed a combined eight earned runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings. Rangers No. 15 prospect C.D. Pelham tossed a scoreless inning to earn the win.

NL East

Braves
Braves No. 6 prospect Christian Pache (No. 66 overall) went 1-for-5, but also grounded into a pair of double plays, while outfielder Izzy Wilson scored a run from the No. 2 spot in Peoria's lineup. Jeremy Walker was effective as he completed three innings of one-run ball in his first AFL start. He was relieved by Braves No. 12 prospect Kyle Muller, who struck out a pair but allowed one run on two hits and two walks in one inning.

Marlins
Marlins No. 16 prospect Jordan Yamamoto was impressive in his start for Salt River. The right-hander racked up five strikeouts, including each of the final two batters he faced, over three scoreless innings. Kyle Keller followed Yamamoto and gave up two runs -- via a two-run homer -- in 1 1/3 innings. Chad Smith was the third Marlins farmhand to toe the rubber, and he cruised through 1 2/3 scoreless innings. He issued one walk and didn't give up a hit. Tommy Eveld put together a scoreless outing as he threw 1 1/3 innings. Brian Miller (No. 11) was inserted as a pinch-runner. Bryson Brigman (No. 26) went 1-for-4.

Mets
Mets No. 2 prospect Peter Alonso turned in a multi-hit effort for the third straight day for Scottsdale. After his 2-for-4 night, Alonso is 7-for-12 through three games. Joe Zanghi cruised through his one inning on the mound, yielding one hit in a scoreless frame. Andres Gimenez (No. 1) entered the game as a pinch-runner and drew a walk in his only plate appearance. Ali Sanchez (No. 25) went 0-for-1. Gerson Bautista gave up one hit over two scoreless innings, and Matt Blackham took the loss after he gave up an unearned run in the bottom of the 11th.

Nationals
Nationals No. 2 prospect Carter Kieboom picked up a pair of hits, including a triple, and scored a run as part of his 2-for-6 night for Salt River. Daniel Johnson (No. 10) went 1-for-5.

Phillies
For Scottsdale, Darick Hall went 2-for-5, including a two-run homer, his first long ball of the Fall League.

NL Central

Brewers
Catcher Mario Feliciano, Milwaukee's No. 23 prospect, went 1-for-3 with an RBI, two runs scored and two walks in his first AFL game. Weston Wilson went 1-for-5 with an RBI double, but also committed two errors at third base.

Cardinals
Tommy Edman was a catalyst out of the leadoff spot for Surprise with his 2-for-4, three-walk performance. He also drove in a run, scored once and swiped a pair of bases. Jeremy Martinez also tallied a hit, while Lane Thomas reached base on a pair of walks.

Cubs
Cubs No. 29 prospect Trent Giambrone paced Mesa's offense as he went 4-for-6 with two RBIs and one run scored. 2018 first-rounder Nico Hoerner (No. 6) went 0-for-5, but picked up an RBI in his second Fall League contest. PJ Higgins didn't collect a hit, but drove in a run and walked twice. Starting pitcher Justin Steele (No. 8) was tagged for four earned runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings, while lefty Manuel Rondon permitted one walk over two hitless frames in relief.

Pirates
Pirates No. 5 prospect Cole Tucker drove in three runs and stole two bases in a 2-for-5 showing for Surprise. Bryan Reynolds (No. 8) also collected two hits, going 2-for-5 with two runs, while Will Craig (No. 16) scored a run after entering as a pinch-hitter.

Reds
Reds No. 3 prospect Taylor Trammell went 1-for-5 for Scottsdale. Shed Long (No. 8) picked up a hit as a pinch-hitter, while Alfredo Rodriguez (No. 23) went 2-for-4.

NL West

D-backs
D-backs No. 4 prospect Pavin Smith came through with an RBI single as part of a 1-for-4 night for Salt River. Daulton Varsho (No. 5) went 1-for-4 with an RBI and Drew Ellis (No. 9) went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer.

Dodgers
Dodgers No. 2 prospect Keibert Ruiz (No. 39 overall) went 1-for-3 with two walks and an RBI for Glendale. Errol Robinson (No. 20) also had a strong game, going 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a stolen base, while designated hitter Cody Thomas contributed by scoring one run. On the mound, relievers Nolan Long and Andre Scrubb allowed a combined five runs (three earned) on three hits and three walks.

Giants
Giants No. 10 prospect Heath Quinn went 0-for-5 for Scottsdale. C.J. Hinojosa (No. 28) went 0-for-6. Chase Johnson gave up three runs on three hits in one inning. Matt Winn went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.

Padres
Padres No. 13 prospect Buddy Reed went 1-for-5 and scored a run for Peoria. Left-hander Travis Radke recorded three strikeouts and three walks as he allowed an unearned run on two hits in 2 2/3 innings of relief.

Rockies
Rockies No. 11 prospect Tyler Nevin reached base four times (3-for-5 with a walk) and drove in a run for Salt River. Justin Lawrence (No. 17) gave up one unearned run in one inning, but he avoided a big inning by inducing a 1-2-3 double play when he was stuck in a bases-loaded, no-outs jam. Josh Fuentes was inserted into the game as a pinch-runner.

Inbox: Could Lorenzen see time as a starter?

Beat reporter Mark Sheldon answers questions from fans
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Will Michael Lorenzen get a chance to start next year?
-- Jon J. Vera on Facebook

A lot depends before that could happen. First, the yet-to-be hired manager would likely have a say. Then, the Reds would have to see if they're successful at acquiring starting pitching from elsewhere. Finally, the front office and the new manager would have to evaluate whether having Lorenzen available to pitch once every fifth day (with pinch-hitting in between) is more valuable for the team than being able to work multiple innings a few days per week and batting for himself to extend his outings. Lorenzen definitely showed some good work during his three starts last month to give the Reds something to think about.

Will Michael Lorenzen get a chance to start next year?
-- Jon J. Vera on Facebook

A lot depends before that could happen. First, the yet-to-be hired manager would likely have a say. Then, the Reds would have to see if they're successful at acquiring starting pitching from elsewhere. Finally, the front office and the new manager would have to evaluate whether having Lorenzen available to pitch once every fifth day (with pinch-hitting in between) is more valuable for the team than being able to work multiple innings a few days per week and batting for himself to extend his outings. Lorenzen definitely showed some good work during his three starts last month to give the Reds something to think about.

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Would the Reds prefer a left-handed free agent for the rotation like Hyun-Jin Ryu or Derek Holland rather than a right-handed starter?
-- Luke Dorsey on Facebook

Having a left-hander in the rotation would be good for a different look and to get opposing lineups to make changes, but it's not required. The most successful Reds rotation in recent memory, in 2012, got by very nicely with five right-handers. All that really matters are the pitcher's numbers, the price it would take to get him and whether he's able to keep the ball down in Great American Ball Park.

If Jim Riggleman is not retained as manager (and he should be), will he be given a front office spot? He would be a great resource for the Reds.
-- Jeff Greer on Facebook

Riggleman said on the final day of this season that he would like to remain with the organization in some capacity should he not be chosen as the permanent manager. He has a passion for working with players and managing/coaching.

Hi, Mark. Do you see the Reds trading one of their most reliable relievers such as Jared Hughes, David Hernandez or even Raisel Iglesias? I feel like their trade value is at its peak.
-- @GoCincyReds_JPN on Twitter

I don't see them dealing Hughes or Hernandez, especially because their contracts are so reasonable for the club. Hernandez is set to make $2.5 million and Hughes will get $2.15 million in 2019 -- both the final seasons of their respective two-year deals. The front office did not appear serious about trading either veteran reliever over the summer.

As for Iglesias, he'll make $5.71 million in 2019, and he's an interesting case. He's a proven closer, and his contract has him under club control through 2021. That could make a return much more substantial since he's locked up for three more years. Contract aside, I think it should come down to this: if the Reds feel they can contend in '19 or '20, they won't trade Iglesias, because they would want him to close for them.

Throughout the summer, the Reds seemed to prey on first place teams, especially with their bats. By the end of the season, they couldn't produce runs any longer. It seems to me that the fall off in offensive production took a dip as soon as Adam Duvall was traded to the Braves. Did Duvall's trade take the air out of the clubhouse or did the Reds just run out of gas at the end of the season?
-- Kevin Y., Noblesville, Ind.

Duvall was well-liked inside the clubhouse, but his trade had little to do with the Reds' offensive slide. He was batting .205 with 15 homers when he left Cincinnati in the July 30 trade to Atlanta for pitchers Lucas Sims and Matt Wisler and outfielder Preston Tucker. After the trade, Duvall batted .132 in 33 games without a homer or RBI. The Braves re-acquired Tucker a month later.

The Reds' offensive dip had more to do with Jesse Winker being gone for the season not long after the All-Star break (right shoulder surgery), Scott Schebler spending an extended period of the disabled list (right shoulder) and Joey Votto's down year combined with his issues returning from a strike to the right leg by a Ryan Madson fastball on Aug. 4.

Is Barry Larkin a managerial candidate?
-- Greg Marcum

No. President of baseball operations Dick Williams said late last month that Larkin would not be a candidate and that the Hall of Fame shortstop preferred to remain in his current role as a special assistant to the general manager and Minor League instructor.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Source: Reds set for 2 more manager interviews

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CINCINNATI -- Two more candidates will be interviewed next week for the vacant Reds managerial job. Club sources confirmed to MLB.com on Saturday that Cincinnati will meet with Hensley Meulens and Charlie Montoyo.

Meulens spent 2018 as the Giants' bench coach and the previous eight seasons as San Francisco's hitting coach. The 51-year-old has never managed in the Major Leagues, but has been considered a manager-in-waiting for several seasons. He interviewed last winter for manager openings with the Yankees and Tigers.

CINCINNATI -- Two more candidates will be interviewed next week for the vacant Reds managerial job. Club sources confirmed to MLB.com on Saturday that Cincinnati will meet with Hensley Meulens and Charlie Montoyo.

Meulens spent 2018 as the Giants' bench coach and the previous eight seasons as San Francisco's hitting coach. The 51-year-old has never managed in the Major Leagues, but has been considered a manager-in-waiting for several seasons. He interviewed last winter for manager openings with the Yankees and Tigers.

A native of Curacao, Meulens managed for the Netherlands twice in the World Baseball Classic.

Montoyo, 52, spent this season as the Rays' bench coach and the previous three years as Tampa Bay's third-base coach. He also managed for 18 seasons with various Rays Minor League affiliates, including from 2007-14 with Triple-A Durham.

Meulens and Montoyo join an expansive list of Reds managerial candidates. Over the past week, Cincinnati interviewed former Yankees manager Joe Girardi, former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and Giants vice president of player development and hometown native David Bell.

There were also five internal candidates recently interviewed: interim manager Jim Riggleman, scout and former Red Sox manager John Farrell and three members of the coaching staff -- Billy Hatcher, Pat Kelly and Freddie Benavides.

Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams said late last month that the club hoped to have a manager named by the end of October.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Here are key FAQs about Reds' offseason

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CINCINNATI -- When baseball season ends, the daily concern about lineups, pitching probables, and wins and losses are set aside for a few months. During the offseason months, the focus remains on the players and front offices, but the buzzwords shift.

Terms like arbitration, non-tender date, the Rule 5 Draft and contract negotiations rule the winter landscape. The Reds -- led by president of baseball operations Dick Williams and general manager Nick Krall -- will certainly be busy trying to make roster upgrades via trades or free agents, while engaging in contract talks with players already under club control.

CINCINNATI -- When baseball season ends, the daily concern about lineups, pitching probables, and wins and losses are set aside for a few months. During the offseason months, the focus remains on the players and front offices, but the buzzwords shift.

Terms like arbitration, non-tender date, the Rule 5 Draft and contract negotiations rule the winter landscape. The Reds -- led by president of baseball operations Dick Williams and general manager Nick Krall -- will certainly be busy trying to make roster upgrades via trades or free agents, while engaging in contract talks with players already under club control.

To help walk you through some of the offseason process, here are answers to some of the questions.

When does free agency open?
Right after the World Series.

Do the Reds have any free agents?
Cincinnati has just one: starting pitcher Matt Harvey.

Do any Reds players have options that need to be exercised or declined?
Not this offseason.

Questions Reds face this offseason

What is the Reds' biggest offseason need?
Starting pitching.

Which free agents might they target to get starting pitching?
This remains a little murky, since Williams often remains tight-lipped about the club's intentions. He did say that the Reds are prepared to make significant, and not incremental, payroll expansion to try to acquire starting pitching to help the club. Names like Patrick Corbin and Dallas Keuchel will undoubtedly be at the top of several teams' wish lists, but don't be surprised if the Reds take a look at middle-tier names like Gio Gonzalez, Wade Miley, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Lance Lynn and, perhaps, Harvey.

What is Homer Bailey's contract status?
The longtime Reds starting pitcher is owed $23 million in 2019, the final year of his six-year, $105 million contract. There is a $25 million mutual option for 2020 with a $5 million buyout. That means that the club owes Bailey no less than $28 million.

Video: CIN@PIT: Bailey K's Taillon for his 1,000th strikeout

Bailey, 32, was 1-14 with a 6.09 ERA this season, while the Reds lost 19 of his 20 starts. He is 9-26 with a 6.29 ERA in 44 starts since 2016. In part because of the three elbow surgeries he's had, Bailey doesn't feel he could properly prepare to pitch out of the bullpen. It's unclear where he would fit in the revamped rotation. The Reds could just consider the $28 million sunk cost and release Bailey, which is a significant choice for a small-market club. Or they could kick the can down the road, bring him back next season and see if he can show improvement before making a decision.

When must players be protected on 40-man rosters to be protected from the Rule 5 Draft?
All clubs must set their 40-man rosters by Nov. 20.

Who are some of the prospects that will need to be protected?
Among the Top 30 Reds prospects, according to MLBPipeline, who will be added to the 40-man roster for protection are second baseman Shed Long (No. 8), reliever Jimmy Herget (No. 13), outfielder Michael Beltre (No. 22) and outfielder/first baseman Nick Longhi (No. 25).

When is the Rule 5 Draft?
Dec. 13, on the final day of the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. The meetings open on Dec. 9.

Which Reds are eligible for arbitration?
Second baseman Scooter Gennett (third year), outfielder Billy Hamilton (third year), right-handed starter Anthony DeSclafani (second year), right-handed reliever Michael Lorenzen (second year), catcher Curt Casali (first year), shortstop Jose Peraza (first year) and outfielder Scott Schebler (first time).

Video: PIT@CIN: Gennett lays out to make a great stop

When is the date to tender 2019 contract offers to unsigned players?
Nov. 30.

Are there any players who could be not tendered a 2019 contract?
It's not unreasonable to think some club-controlled players could come off the roster -- such as struggling pitchers Brandon Finnegan and Robert Stephenson and outfielder Mason Williams. Both Finnegan and Stephenson were once considered big parts of the future.

Are any players out of Minor League options heading into Spring Training?
Lefty reliever Amir Garrett, utility player Dilson Herrera, Stephenson and righty reliever Matt Wisler.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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