Late on Friday night the Cincinnati Reds announced two more roster cuts as they optioned catcher Tucker Barnhart and right handed reliever Curtis Partch to Triple-A Louisville. Those two moves put the Reds spring training roster at 42 players.
The move to option Tucker Barnhart to the minor leagues isn’t much of a surprise. He was told over the winter that he would be heading to Louisville and with the Reds trading Ryan Hanigan to open up the starting spot for Devin Mesoraco and then bringing in Brayan Pena to be the backup, it was easy to see from day one how the roster was going to play out at the catching position.
When the Reds sent Curtis Partch to the minors though it was more interesting. The Reds currently have several injuries that they are dealing with in the bullpen and even on the starting staff that may open up some spots on the roster, all in the bullpen. Partch struggled in the Majors in the 2013 season, but he had a 1.93 ERA this spring in 4.2 innings pitched with no walks and two strikeouts. While he had allowed a few unearned runs along the way, with how the bullpen has shaken out this spring sending a guy who can throw in the mid-to-upper 90’s who is posting good numbers this spring down was surprising.