GOODYEAR, Ariz.— Young pitchers Cody Reed, Robert Stephenson, Amir Garrett and Sal Romano are all competing for a spot in the starting rotation for the Cincinnati Reds. The four are also roommates in what Reds manager Bryan Price called “The House of Opportunity” when he spoke to Gary Schatz of Dayton Daily News.
Reed had a lot of experience last year, but after pitching well at Triple A Louisville, he was 0-7 after reach
ing the Reds. This spring Reed has allowed four earned runs in 7 1/3 innings.
In the March 12 game, Romano struck out seven Milwaukee Brewers batters in 3 2/3 innings, allowing a run on two hits and a walk. Romano leads the staff with 10 2/3 innings, two earned runs, three walks and 16 strikeouts.
Garrett showed promise in their March 13 game against Oakland. Garret pitched four near-perfect innings with three strike-outs and zero walks or hits. The only Oakland player who reached base was Adam Rosales after an error by Cincinnati first baseman, Ryan Raburn. The Reds won 3-1 and imporved to 8-11 for spring training.
Stephenson allowed four runs in his first spring outing, but has had five scoreless innings since then. Stephenson will pitch again March 14 when the Reds take on the Dodgers at Camel Ranch-Glendale.